Born on October 30th, 1947 in Swalwell, Alberta, Ray left peacefully for heaven early Monday, March 21st, 2016. Ray is survived by his dearly loved wife Theresa, daughter Ellen (Dan), son Ed, and granddaughter, Karly. Ray will also be fondly remembered and missed by his extended family, extensive group of friends and the dozens of young people that called him “Dad”.
Ray never met a stranger, and took seriously his responsibility to making his community a better place. From building homes across Nanaimo, church involvement, political activities, and remarkable generosity with whatever he had, Ray’s contributions will not easily be forgotten. Ray was passionate about hunting, and last week was planning his next moose, deer, turkey and elk hunt with enthusiasm and optimism. Ray loved his family deeply and anyone who met him was subjected to multiple bragging sessions about his saintly wife, famous daughter, brilliant son, talented son-in-law and incomparable granddaughter.
Ray was a member of RCL Branch 257, past President of the BC Conservative Party (Nanaimo riding), Kinsmen, K-40, Christ Community Church, Hope Lutheran Church & BC Wildlife Federation.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 24th at Christ Community Church, 2221 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo.