Charles Raymond McKay


Charles Raymond McKay, 92, of Severna Park, Md., beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Aug. 30, 2018. He was the son of the late Ambrose John and Mary Stella McKay, Bar Harbor, where he grew up.

Mr. McKay was born Oct. 4, 1925, in Bar Harbor, graduating from Bar Harbor High School, Coburn Classical Institute in 1947 and from the University of Maine in 1949, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. Business graduate studies at the CCNY, Columbia, NYU and University of Delaware, 1952-1957.

He served our country in the U.S. Navy, WWII, 1943-1946, working as a 1st class metalsmith and trained to become a “hardhat” deep sea diver at the Naval Diving School, Washington, D.C.

He worked for Dupont Co. and became an aerospace engineering manager for the company, where he worked from 1951 until his retirement in 1989 … about 38 years. He worked on U.S. government accounts in Washington, D.C., selling “Mylar” and other notable products to the FAA and NASA.

In 1952, he married Venessa Hall McKay of Bar Harbor. He is survived by his wife, Venessa Hall McKay, his four children: Robert Stephen McKay (Gladney) of Severna Park, Md., Janice McKay Sorich (Michael) of Burbank, Calif., Patricia McKay Praschak of Annapolis, Md., and James Edward McKay (Carrie) of Bar Harbor. Surviving brothers are: Lawrence McKay (Gloria) of Kennebunkport; Bernard McKay (Estelle) of Landenberg, Pa: James McKay (Ruth) of Hollis Center, and sisters-in-law, Marjorie McKay (wife of brother Joseph), Nancy Hall Dorsey (David), and brother-in-law, Lawrence Hall (Lily). Nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by younger brothers Robert E. McKay and Joseph McKay, and then sister Jean McKay.

Charles Raymond loved his hometown of Bar Harbor, spending every summer vacation at his waterfront family camp at Hadley Point, Bar Harbor, with his wife and family. He spent most of his time wielding a hammer and saw and paintbrush while at the camps.

A funeral service will be held at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at


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