Salem, MA and Wakefield, NH — Raymond Louis Chalifour, age 89 years, husband of Jeannette (Caron) Chalifour, died unexpectedly Thursday morning May 22, 2014 at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Born in Salem, Mr. Chalifour was the son of the late Albert and Desneiges (Blanchette) Chalifour. He had lived in Salem all of his life. He graduated Salem High School in the class of 1942.
Following high school, Mr. Chalifour entered the United States Army and served his Country during WWII. Upon returning from the war, he resided in Salem and attended Essex Agricultural School. He continued his education and graduated from Vesper George School of Art in Rhode Island. He was the proprietor of Clark/Chalifour Interiors, which was located on Newbury Street in Boston. He was in business at that location for over 40 years until retiring in the 1990s. He also enjoyed work as an evening instructor of Interior Design at Stonehill College in Eastern Massachusetts.
Mr. Chalifour was an avid reader and loved to garden. He was an accomplished painter, using oils and watercolors. He was a member of the NSAID, National Association of Interior Designers and was a past president of the organization. He was also a member of the ASID and a former member of the Salem Historical Society. He was active at his church, St. James in Salem, having worked for many years helping as a volunteer. One of his favorite places to be was summering at his camp in Wakefield, N.H.
Surviving him, in addition to his wife, are four children, Randal Chalifour and his wife, Alice Bianchi of Salem, Claudia Chalifour of Lynn, Leslie Chin and her husband, Carl Joseph Chin of Salem and Karen Kier and her husband, Richard of Jamesville, N.Y. He was the brother of Robert Chalifour and his wife, Mary of Marblehead and Edith Hoar of Salem. He was grandfather of Jeffery and Joseph Hall of Jamesville, N.Y. and Lauren and Kathryn Chin of Salem. He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Chalifour.