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“Another Angel in Heaven looking after all of us.Rest in Peace Ray till we meet againLove Claire ”
1 of 30 | Posted by: Claire Butler - Hudson, MA

“We have known Ray for well over 20 years. We will always remember all the time we shared with him & Ann, especially all of the wonderful stories...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Kenneth & Sandra Goldman - MA

“I remember Ray as friend and a mentor. Someone I looked up to and had a great respect for. He is one of just a handful of people that influenced me...Read More »
3 of 30 | Posted by: Terry LeBlanc - Whitinsville, MA

“I will miss Ray's sly humor and eagle-eyed appreciation of the subtleties of magic. He was a generous man, a consummate professional, and a kind and...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: John Sanbonmatsu - Arlington, MA

“To the world he was a great magician,to Ann, her world to my Dad he was a best friend and to me he was uncle Ray. The fun uncle. So glad he was in...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Cheryl Lekousi - Needham, MA

“Ray Goulet was the best! I loved his auctions of magic at IBM meetings and Yankee swaps were always a hoot. He once gave me a tour of his museum. ...Read More »
6 of 30 | Posted by: Christopher Love - Brockton, MA

“I cannot believe that my friend of many years Ray Goulet is gone. He was one of the most kind and generous souls on earth. A wonderful husband,...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Richard Kaufman - Washington, DC

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Ray, Ann and their family. I am most grateful for the magic he added to my life. ”
8 of 30 | Posted by: Peter Vuono - Brockton, MA

“So sorry for the loss of Ray, Ann. We will all miss him, his wit and wisdom. If there is anything Jackie or I can do for you, please, let us know. ”
9 of 30 | Posted by: Gale Alexander - New Milford, CT

“I am so sad to hear of Ray's passing, he was a wonderful man. I am glad I had the opportunity to know him and listen to his wonderful stories about...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Rich Gilbert - Hatfield, MA

“Dear Ann & all of Ray's Family :We are so sorry that Ray is gone.He was a wonderful person.I am honored to have known him.He (& you, too Ann were)...Read More »
11 of 30 | Posted by: Pixie Parks - Mannsfield Center, CT

“I am going to miss Ray he was my mentor in collecting of magic, ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: John Hinson - Worcester, MA

“Dear Ann,I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Ray's passing.I am so very sorry for your loss.Please accept my deepest heartfelt sympathies at...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Carl Bertolino - Rockledge, FL

“Ray was a good friend to many members of the Magic Circle. The President, Council and members send condolences to Ann and the family at this sad time...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: David Hatch - WOODFORD GREEN

“Dear RayI am sure you are reading all our comments over our shoulders as we write them. I hope so, for it then means that there is something beyond...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: JAMES RAINHO - Medford, MA

“Ray was one of a kind. He was a rare combination of performer, dealer, historian and collector. Magic was not only his profession but his passion...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Thomas Blacke - Johnston, RI

“Ray was a kind, knowledgeable, giving man who was always willing to chat magic, even with someone like myself he barely knew.His contributions to our...Read More »
17 of 30 | Posted by: Dave Dorsett - Macomb, IL

“Love you, and miss you Ray. ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Leland Faulkner - Auburn, ME

“I am truly sorry to hear of Ray's passing. We met by chance along with his beautiful wife here at WX during their brief stay and I learned so much...Read More »
19 of 30 | Posted by: Clare Connolly-Welch - Waltham, MA

“The Cabot theater always lit up when Ann and Ray entered the doors. Rest in peace Ray, See you on the other side. ”
20 of 30 | Posted by: Dennis Lovelace - Rockport, MA

“I mostly knew Ray through my Dad, who rented a space with my Uncle Victor from Ray in Watertown for many years, to use as the base for their company...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Luciano Miguel Contento - Belmont, MA

“Ray was a very kind, very generous, and very knowledgeable man who put my name up for Honorary Membership in The S.A.M. I truly was stunned and could...Read More »
22 of 30 | Posted by: Paul Critelli - Grand Rapids, MI

“We met Ray when he came to Le Grand David in 1976. He was in his 40s and we mostly in our 20s so we like his kids. Over the years he became part of...Read More »
23 of 30 | Posted by: David Feldman - Ipswich, MA

“Uncle Ray was the most incredible man and left an amazing legacy, I will miss all of the fun,love,laughter and magic you brought to all of our lives....Read More »
24 of 30 | Posted by: Vanessa Joaquim - Scottsdale, AZ

“I shall miss Ray so very much. I will also remember him in my prayers that he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service. He...Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: William V. Rauscher - Woodbury, NJ

“I Have Lost Another Dear Friend. Rest In Peace RAY GOULETA wonderful ,generous, charming, sweet, delightful , talented man I will never forget.I knew...Read More »
26 of 30 | Posted by: Carl Bertolino - Rockledge, FL

“I love you Uncle Ray. I miss you dearly. You will always be in my heart. Lisa ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: Lisa Joaquim - Riverside, CA

“Dear Ann & all Members of the Ford Family. I was so very sorry to hear about Ray. He will be sadly missed by all who knew & loved him. This verse...Read More »
28 of 30 | Posted by: Rita Manning - Clermont, FL

“Uncle Ray:You mean the world to me, more than words can express. I love you and I will always carry you with me in my heart. xo, Sam ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Samantha Joaquim-Eno - Cambridge, MA

“Ray was always there for me when I was a teenager and it started a long friendship. So many wonderful memories .Douglas R Kelm ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Douglas Kelm - Dedham, MA

Watertown – . . . "The magic of earth is over. The magic and mystery of another realm awaits and will be revealed." . . . excerpt from "The Broken Wand" ritual first recited upon the death of Harry Houdini in November, 1926.

The revered ceremony, repeated on the death of a member of The International Brotherhood of Magicians, will be read at the wake of Watertown's Ray Goulet, a lifelong entertainer, illusionist and magician who died Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Care One in Newton following a period of declining health. He was 87.

Raymond J. Goulet was born in Cambridge on January 20, 1930, a son of the late Valmore Goulet and Mary (Marrano) (Goulet) Joaquim, and was a lifelong resident of Watertown. He was a graduate of Watertown High School and served with the United States Army during the Korean War.

He would tell you that the real magic in his life began when he married his sweetheart and lifelong best friend, Watertown's Ann M. Ford, in Saint Patrick's Church on October 12, 1949. In a feature article for the Boston Globe, writer Kathleen Burge had this to say;

"For 40 years, Ray Goulet was the master of card tricks and illusions, vanishing and reappearing eggs, and a snake in a basket that could find a card chosen by an audience member.

With his wife, Ann, he created a traveling show and performed on 22 trans-Atlantic voyages, including once for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. He made eggs disappear at the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll in 1984.

But since he retired he has devoted himself to his Magic Art Studio, a brick building at 137 Spring Street in Watertown that houses a public museum and shop, as well as a theater and meeting place for local magicians. David Copperfield stops by when he's in town. Both halves of Penn & Teller, the Las Vegas-based pair of magicians and comedians, have dropped in.

Goulet's treasures include a straitjacket worn by Harry Houdini during his daring escapes, and a costume worn in a show by Houdini's wife and stage assistant, Bess. Goulet owns one of the largest collections of die boxes - containers used to hold dice that magically disappear and reappear - in the world. And he has a voluminous array of sheet music for tunes played during magic shows."

In addition to his wife of sixty-eight years, Ann, he leaves his brothers, Ronald Joaquim of Cambridge, Manuel Joaquim of Sarasota, Florida and Richard Joaquim and his wife, Nancy, of Scottsdale, Arizona; his sisters-and brothers-in-law, Joan Cappellucci of Watertown, Pauline Bales and her husband, Frank, of Georgia, Claire Butler of Hudson, Eileen St. Onge of Watertown, Helen Ford of Concord, Marion Busa and her husband, Jim, and Jack Ford and his wife, Fran, all of Waltham, Eleanor Rooney and her husband, Bill, of Reading and Bill Studley of New Hampshire; longtime family friend and protégé, Ryan Lally, of Watertown and many nieces, nephews and their families.

Ray was also a step-son of the late Manuel Joaquim and brother-in-law of the late Sharon Joaquim, Janet Studley, Watertown Fire Captain Robert Ford, Al St. Onge, Ray Butler and John Cappellucci.

Family and friends will honor and remember Ray's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Sunday, October 15th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. on Monday morning before leaving in procession to Saint Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Entombment will follow in Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to Saint Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at