May 11, 1930 - May 1, 2023
In Loving Memory ~
It is with sadness that we announce our dad's passing. We will miss his kindness, his sense of humour, his independent spirit, his keen memory, his warm smile and his love. Ray was born in Duncan, B.C. and he was a descendant of the pioneering Alexander family.
Ray was pre-deceased by his loving wife, Joyce, in 2019.
He is survived by his daughter, Laurie and his son Steve (Sherry) and his grandsons, Nathan and Joshua.
Also survived by his sister, Catherine Berger and his sister-in-law, Arlene Richards. Nieces and nephews have fond memories of Uncle Ray.
Ray will be missed by a wide circle of lifelong friends.
Ray was a pillar of the community in Nanaimo, B.C. He served on the Regional District of Nanaimo before becoming a member of the first city council of the newly amalgamated city in 1975. In 2008, Ray was honoured to become a Freeman of the City of Nanaimo for his outstanding public service to the city. He served as a director on the Nanaimo Harbour Commission and as a director on the Nanaimo Airport Commission, too. Ray was a longstanding JCI senator and a member of Doric Lodge #18 for over 55 years.
After retirement our dad shared many happy times travelling with our mom to explore B.C., Alaska, England, Scotland and Ireland and to visit friends in California.
Dad enjoyed lunches with the 49ers and a variety of social events with the Coffee Club guys, high school friends who re-discovered each other after 40 years.
Heartfelt thanks to Dr. S. Beerman for his care over many years. Sincere thanks to Dr. S. Fawell, Dr. C. Layher, Dr. S. Parimi, Dr. J. M. Lavoie and Dr. Palmer for their care of our dad, too.
No service by request. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society (B.C. and Yukon Division), the B.C. Cancer Foundation (to support prostate cancer research in Victoria), the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or the Nanaimo office of the Canadian Red Cross.