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Obituaries » Raymond “Ray” Griffitts Hyde

Raymond Griffitts Hyde, 68, of Delaplane and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, died Monday, October 30, 2017, in Boston, while visiting family and friends in New England.

He was born February 9, 1949, in Riverdale, Maryland, to the late Robert T. Hyde and Anne Hyde of Martha’s Vineyard. He grew up in Owensville, Ohio, before moving to Massachusetts for his high school years.

A 1967 graduate of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, he studied marine engineering at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Mr. Hyde earned advanced degrees at George Washington University and the University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

He was a principal engineer at Orbital ATK in Dulles, commercial space venture that has provided cargo delivery services to the International Space Station for NASA since 2014. He worked at Orbital for 10 years. Before that, Mr. Hyde worked at Atlantic Research Corporation and Aurora Flight Sciences in the fields of analytical chemistry, data base administration, the integrated master schedule connected with the Department of Defense, systems engineering and other diverse fields.

Ever the sailor, Mr. Hyde was known for his love of the sea and those who shared that passion. He also loved working on the farm that he and his wife Margaret kept in Delaplane. Mr. Hyde was known for his storytelling and gift of gab, as well as his sailing adventures from the Eastern Seaboard to the Bahamas, Spain and Portugal.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret Hyde of Delaplane; four siblings, Beth Fox of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Robin Hyde of West Tisbury, Massachusetts, Kenneth Hyde of Centreville, Paul Hyde and wife Camille of Marion, Massachusetts, and six nieces and nephews and their families, Johanna Cage of Southboro, Massachusetts, Miriam Keen of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Whitney Hyde of West Tisbury, Massachusetts, Michael Dower of Boston, Rob Hyde and Emily Hyde of Marion, Massachusetts.

He was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Jessica, of Delaplane.

A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate Mr. Hyde’s life.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rheumatology Research Foundation or to the charity of your choice.
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