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Welcome to the memorial page for

David P. Rayner

August 21, 1939 ~ December 16, 2017 (age 78)

David Phillip Rayner Sr., 78, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine passed away, after a long illness on Saturday December 16th at the Gosnell House in Scarborough, Maine with family by his side.


Funeral services will be held at The Promised Land World Outreach Center, 536 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine on January 14, 2018 at 3 pm, Pastors Len and Gail Manning officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. Snow date will be January 21, 2018 same time.


David was born in Arlington, Massachusetts to John and Georgianna Rayner on August 21, 1939. He went to high school in Camden, Maine and graduated in 1957. After graduating David joined the Air Force where he served from 1957-1963, then he joined the reserves.


Throughout the years, David enjoyed working at many different jobs. He worked as a draftsman and a car salesman. He was most proud to have owned and operated several boarding homes in the Rockland, Maine area and in later years he delivered pizza and worked at UNUM.   Later in life David went back to school at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, Maine where he earned two Associate Degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science.


In his younger years, David enjoyed working on cars, swimming, and playing guitar. He especially liked jamming with his friends Happy and Blackie, and enjoyed time spent with his brother Jack. As he got older he continued to work on cars, keeping a project car that he worked on in Old Orchard Beach, with the late Pastor Rogers. They shared a close relationship. David’s love of music and guitar grew throughout his life and he eventually joined the church worship team. He played with them for many years until he was no longer able. He passed on his guitar to one of the members, John Manning, and was always pleased to know that John would occasionally play his guitar at church.


David’s grandchildren were the highlight of his life. He enjoyed spending time with them whenever possible. He used to babysit them after school and also enjoyed having dinner out with the family at his favorite spots like Willows Pizza and the Wok Inn.


David loved his family. He will be remembered by them as a kind and loving man.  David was quite the prankster and had a funny sense of humor. In fact, he met his wife Nancy when he snuck up on her while she was painting in the church basement. He scared her ‘half- to- death’ and in return, she swabbed him with the paint brush. Later that day they went to lunch on their first date.


David had always loved television and throughout the years he couldn’t get enough of his favorite show, Walker Texas Ranger. As his disease progressed and he was more confined to home, TV became his favorite pastime; he sure did love his shows.


David is survived by:  his beloved wife of 21 years, Nancy Rayner; faithful cats, Irene and Tammy; son, David Jr. and wife Tracy; step-son, Paul Kennedy and wife Michelle; step-daughter Pam Kennedy; grandchildren, Kaitlin, Christopher, and Nicholas Rayner whom he loved with all his heart and was so proud of; Helen Condon (who was like a mother to him); step-grandson, Ryan Kennedy; son, Steven in Texas; and many extended family members in Massachusetts and Ohio.


He was preceded in death by: his parents, John and Georgianna Rayner; Joe Condon, (who was like a father to him); Roy and Edna Silliker (who also helped raise him); brother, Jack; sister-in-law, Olive Clark; and many extended family members in Massachusetts and Ohio.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to one of the following:


Promised Land World Outreach Center

536 Cottage Road

South Portland, ME 04106


Togus VA medical center

C/o home base primary care

1 VA center

Augusta, ME 04330


Gosnell House

11 Honeywell Road

Scarborough, ME 04074


The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the following:

Pastors and congregation of Promised Land Outreach Center, all the staff from Veterans Home Based Care, The staff at Gosnell House, and Sarah, David’s in home caregiver for the last year and a half from In-Home senior services.


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