Ray passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 14th at the age of 70, in Ladysmith BC. He was surrounded with love from his sons Jason, Garrett, wife Ann and dear friends Rod and Myrna Brownlee at his bedside. Ray was stoic and brave in his fight against IV pancreatic cancer.
Ray was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 15, 1949. He lived a life of family gatherings that included beloved children, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, nieces, nephews, in-laws and of course life long friends. In 1972 he married the love of his life and was blessed with two sons and a daughter. Ray is remembered by all as a kind, loving and welcoming human being.
Rays passion for music founded opportunity to play to the crowds as a D.J. for the partly owned music business, Mo Sound. On weekends and other occasions Ray was in charge of making a social gatherings, weddings etc a success. He covered much of Manitoba for 17 years playing people’s favorite tunes. Ray’s other passion was food; absolutely loved Chinese food and Peking Duck (found in Calgary) was a favorite restaurant. He sought out many special eateries through his travels with the various companies he worked with. Even in his last days he dreamed about food. (ie Paul’s Burger Place on Pembina Hwy)
Ray’s Last job with Payworks rewarded him with great satisfaction as an Implementation Manager. He loved the job and all the people he worked with. Many thanks to the company for all your care and support.
Ray is survived by: his wife of 47 years, Ann, Son Jason & wife Sylvia, grandchildren Nathan and Gavin, Son Garrett, sister Carol, Niece Amy, brother Dave & wife Judy, nephews Don and Brian & wife Lisa, brother and sister-in-law Jan and Judy Rikkelman, nieces Allison and Corinne, nephew Matthew, sister-in-law Janna Murray, nieces Andrea and Susan. Ray was predeceased by his daughter Angie in May 2014.
A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.
The family wishes to thank the Ladysmith Palliative Care Team, especially our home care nurse, Joan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ladysmith Community Health Centre.
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Ladysmith Community Health Centre
1111-4th Avenue PO Box 10, Ladysmith, BC V9G 1A1