Raymond B. McIvor

June 26, 2019
Ray was born in the French City of St. Boniface, Manitoba. He moved to the West Coast with his family in 1965. As a young man, Ray had many interests: bowling, for which he received a certificate from the league at the time, pottery, and swimming. Ray attended BCIT where he learned carpentry. He was self-employed for a time, using his skills to build homes. He had an extensive wood shop in the family home where he made furniture. Ray was employed by Macmillan Bloedel in their pulp mill in Port Alberni. Prior to that, he worked for Overwaitea Foods in Parksville and Dawson Creek. Ray could be seen around Nanaimo on his scooter or out to lunch with his family and those close to him. His favourite diner was the MGM Restaurant in Nanaimo. Ray lived most of his adult life in Parksville and Nanaimo. Ray experienced many challenges during his life and met them head on. He struggled with mental illness but rose above it with courage and dignity. Ray is survived by his sisters Florence and Eileen; brothers Maurice, Albert, Charles, Carl; their families; as well as many nieces and nephews. Special thanks for the love and care Ray received over the years from all the caregivers and health professionals he encountered when he was ill. Unfortunately Ray lost his battle with cancer. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Love, the nurses of NRGH including the staff in Palliative Care. He received the best of care in his last days. Thank you to the staff at Serenity Lodge and to those there who called him friend. Ray will be missed by his family. A new journey has now begun for his soul, may he rest in peace. No funeral by his request. In lieu of flowers or cards, please donate to the charity of your choice in Ray’s name.

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