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Submitted by katrina on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 01:54:PM

Ray passed away peacefully on November 25th at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital just shy of his 88th birthday.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Michèle; his children Leslie and her husband Richard, Monique and her husband Greg; his grandchildren Jeremy (Sophie), Jordan (Wanda), Gabriel (Laura), Sarah (Patrick), and Danièle (Anthony); his great grandchildren Noah, Luka, Jonah, Jaden, Ethan, Logan, Andy, Davy, and Teagan.  He is also survived by his brother Jerome and his niece Sheri (Troy).  He is predeceased by his son Jean-Paul and his brother Leo.

At the age of 17, Ray joined the Royal Canadian Air Force.  As a communications specialist, Ray supported air force establishments in France, Germany, Clinton, North Bay, and Ottawa.  It was while on leave in Paris that Ray met Michèle. This chance meeting was the genesis of a truly remarkable and inspirational love story and an amazing family legacy currently spanning four generations. 

Ray retired from the RCAF as a Master Warrant Officer following 25 years of exemplary service.  Ray then spent the next 13 years with Canada Post as a senior manager.

Ray was always active in the community supporting countless local events and through his long-standing association with the Knights of Columbus.

Ray was an avid boater (cruising both the Rideau and the Caribbean) and enjoyed fishing, square dancing, pickle-ball, bridge, and on occasion, a glass of fine French red wine.

Ray will long be remembered for the love and generosity he always had for his family, his dear friends (including Tom and Ardele, Renée and Jacques, and Lise and Rheal), and anyone in need of a helping hand.

A memorial service commemorating his life will be held at the Beechwood Cemetery on December 2nd at 1:00 pm.

Ray’s family wishes to express its thanks to the staff at the General Hospital and especially the Haematology/Oncology floor for their kindness and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

 

 

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 03:52:PM

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Steve and Judy MacPhee

A truly kind gentleman. Sincere sympathy to Michelle and family

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 04:35:PM

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Lise Desjardins and Rheal Delorme

The loss of such a dear friend is so heartbreaking for us. We loved him so dearly for his wit, his friendliness, his set of values, his positive outlook on life. We will dearly miss our numerous bridge games and wonderful dinners where afterwards we chatted away. We love you Ray!

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Albert and Carol Belanger

It is with the fondest of memories that we think back on the truly kind and exceptional human being Ray was to each and everyone he ever encountered. Ray’s humour and hospitality was mirrored by his loving wife Miche,”Miche whom he adored and respected to the utmost degree. Our world has lost a most righteous soul and friend. God bless you Ray and may He give solace to all of his beloved.

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Marg & Ron knowles

Such a nice gentleman, enjoyed many good times together.. our condolences to Michelle and family

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Tom and Ardele Mesman

It is with much sorrow to have lost such a great friend, it was always a pleasure and a joy to spend time with Ray and Michele. We spent many days and getaways together playing bridge, sharing family stuff, politics and life stories and great dinners, fine wine and cheese.
We will miss you terribly Ray and are indeed blessed to have you part of our lives for so many years. We know you will be watching and guiding Michele from above and cheering when a grand slam is bid.

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Elizabeth Defalco

What a surprise to hear about Ray. It brought so many fond memories of he and Michelle and all of the lovely people at the kemptville gremlins. My dear Michelle my thoughts are with you.

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Ken and Peggy Stewart

It was an honour to know him. What a gentleman.

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Kathleen and Bob Pitruniak

Condolences to Michelle and family. Ray was a true gentleman and a truly supportive square dancer. He will be missed by all.

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Renée And Jacques Phaneuf

How do you describe a true friend. If you are lucky you may have one or two in a lifetime. Ray had that rare quality he could give you advice without opening his mouth; just that look which said « mmm » and forced you to give it a second thought. Unfortunately there are not many like him. All our heartfelt condolences to our dear Michelle and his large family. Renée and I will miss all the wonderful time spent in his company. God bless him!

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Allen and Angela Stewart

We remember him as a gentle soul, with a constant smile and a generous heart. Our condolences to the family.

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