Dockray & Thomas Funeral Home, Canton, MA 02021
James C. "Jay" Rae, III

James C. “Jay” Rae, III, 73, died September 25, 2020 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.
After a long battle with the disease, Jay died peacefully in his sleep at The Brennity at Tradition in Port St. Lucie, FL.

He leaves his wife, Sandra (Vasold) Rae, sister Stephanie Church, daughter Jennifer Burns, sons James (Beth) Rae, Jr.; Charles (Michelle) Rae; Michael (Katie) Rae; grandchildren Bailey, Matthew, Claire, Georgia, Michael, Isla and Jacob; niece Amanda Church and nephew Andrew (Erin) Church; sisters-in-law Linda (Jerry) Walker; Rachel (Craig) Anderson and brother-in-law Herbert (Sheila) Vasold;.

Born in Boston, MA, Jay graduated from Milton High School, earned his Associates degree in Business Administration from Newbury Junior College, his Associate Fire Science degree from Massasoit Community College and his Bachelor of Fire Science degree from Boston State College.

Jay proudly served in the U.S. Army earning a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal (815th Engineer Battalion), Driver Badge and Good Conduct Medal. He then worked 31 years for the Milton Fire Department, retiring as Lieutenant, in June of 2002. Jay volunteered with Canton Youth Baseball in which he coached all three of his sons. He also coached Canton Youth Baseball travel teams and was an instructor at the Ted Williams Baseball Camp for numerous years. Jay was affiliated with the American Legion (Morrissett Post) and the Disabled American Veterans Organization

In the years that followed his retirement he lived on the island of St. Maarten where he enjoyed many outdoor activities including playing team golf with the East Caribbean Golf Association at surrounding Caribbean islands. In 2007 Jay and his wife relocated to Port St. Lucie, FL where he not only enjoyed golf, swimming and biking but picked up his long lost love – softball. Jay played for local teams in Port St. Lucie, the Jupiter Senior Softball Association, Florida Half Century, Senior Softball USA and the Cape Cod Senior Softball League. His teams traveled to all parts of FL and the United States where he and his teammates won numerous medals and awards.

Visiting hours at the Dockray and Thomas Funeral Home 455 Washington St. Canton Thursday October 1st from 4:00-7:00 pm. Due to the current Covid 19 restrictions, only 25 guests are allowed in the funeral home at a time. Masks are required, and guests should bring their own pens to sign the register book. Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA. Friday morning. October 2nd at 10:30 am. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Port St. Lucie, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Treasure Coast Hospice at or to the Alzheimer’s Association at

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Canton, MA USA 02021