October 26, Ray Moulton 1923-2010

October 26, Ray Moulton 1923-2010


Raymond Dexter Moulton, a World War II Veteran of the United States Army, died early Monday morning, October 25, 2010 at The Meadows of Edgewood in North Andover. Ray was born in Peabody, Massachusetts on December 5, 1923, the youngest of 8 children of the late Grace (Phalen) and Arthur Moulton. Ray married Kay Martha Webster of Newburyport on January 6, 1953. They have five children, Cathy Rae Moulton of East Kingston, NH; David Webster Moulton of Newbury;  John Russell Moulton of Kensington, NH; and Martha Anne Dudley and Elizabeth Ruth Cowie, both of Newbury . They also have six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Ray and Kay opened Surfland Bait and Tackle on Plum Island in 1960, which is still run by Kay, Martha and Liz. Ray co-founded 3R Marina in 1973 on the Merrimac River behind Webster’s Riverside Dairy in Newburyport. Ray, with his two sons, David and John, opened Riverfront Marine Sports in Salisbury and Newbury in 1978.


An avid fisherman, Ray was fondly known on the Merrimac as the Grey Ghost. He was immortalized in the radio fishing report by Mickey Villane as “Sleepy-Eye Moulton”, being out all night fishing. Ray was also an avid golfer during his retirement and lover of all animals. He was also known to play a few hands of cards.


Private funeral services for Ray will be held at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Salvation Army, 40 Water Street, Newburyport or to the MSPCA, 400 Broadway, Route 28, Methuen, MA 01844.


A reception for friends of the family will be held Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 2 P.M. at the PITA Hall on Plum Island.



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  • Ray Belsito
    Posted at 16:16h, 26 October

    Kay and familiy, be sure that we are thinking of you in your time of grief. Ray and Chris Belsito

  • fcrocker
    Posted at 06:38h, 27 October

    I had to smile a little bit after reading Ray’s obituary.I haven’t heard the name the Grey Ghost or Mickey Villane in years and this brought back some fond memories of Plum Island from my youth.Back then the Striped Bass Derby was the main event on the Island every summer and Surfland and the Beachcomber were the places to be to follow the everyday action.It seemed like everyone that stayed on the island was involved in the Derby and the competion was fierce. Ray’s passing is just another reminder of the old Plum Island that I miss so much.Rest in Peace Grey Ghost.

  • Peter & Lou Ellen Beard
    Posted at 08:10h, 04 November

    I was just informed of Rays passing last night. I want to offer our deepest sympathys to all or you. I hope you will find comfort in all of your memories.A loved one lives forever in our hearts.Thoughts and prayers! Peter & Lou Ellen
    PS great poem Martha

  • Tim & Bette Flynn
    Posted at 17:00h, 18 November

    Kay: We just learned Ray passed in Oct. We were thinking of you and hope the days ahead get easier. You have a great family for support and lots of “fisherman” friends. Just wanted you to know we will say prayers for all of you. Love Ya, Bette and the red bearded fisherman from NH

  • cathy cutler
    Posted at 12:59h, 05 April

    Kay, Read about your husbands passing last year. We are so sad for you but know that he was the luckiest man in the world to have you and your children. Will be back soon to bug you about fishing conditions and buy bait.xoxo cathy cutler & john thibodeau

  • cathy cutler
    Posted at 13:01h, 05 April

    Kay, Our hearfelt wishes go out to you and your family.He was the luckiest man i n the world to have you and we are the luckiest people to have Surfland to rely on in our many fishing endeavors. See you in a few week.xoxocathy & john

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