June 13, 1938-March 31, 2017
Raymond Arthur Callewaert, age 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, March 31st, 2017. Surrounded by the love and care of his family, Ray faced his sudden cancer diagnosis with courage and strength. He is predeceased by his parents Leon and Cecilia (James) Callewaert, his siblings Frank, Bill, George, Joe and Leona, his loving wife of 44 years Patricia Anne (Haynes) Callewaert and her parents Claire and Mary (Whiteside) Haynes.
Ray was born on June 13th, 1938 in Port Alberni, B.C., the 9th child of 10 to Leon and Cecilia Callewaert. He is survived by his two daughters Traci (Scott) Dickson of Georgia and their two children Braeden & Brieanne, Dana (Derek) Leik of Ladysmith and their two children Abigail and Isaac Leik, and sisters Hilda MacLean of Kamloops, B.C., Mary Schmidt of Port Alberni, B.C., Doris Bowman of Vernon, B.C. and brother Robert Callewaert of Surrey, B.C. Ray was an integral part of the Haynes family as well and will be fondly remembered by all.
Ray was a beloved father, papa, brother, uncle and a good friend to many. In 1954, at the age of 16, Ray left Smith Memorial school to begin work at the BC Packers Fish Plant. Shortly thereafter, he started working at the Somass Mill where he proudly held the title of Maintenance Millwright for 44 years. He was a hardworking, kind-hearted man who could strike up a conversation with anyone and who cared deeply about his family. He lived a great life-enjoyed working in his yard, BBQ’s at Qualicum Beach, camping in Lake Chelan, playing crib, attending family gatherings and reunions, supporting community events and was a proud lifetime resident of Port Alberni. His neighbors fondly referred to him as the Mayor of Anderson Avenue.
Ray’s attitude about life was, “live it to the fullest, you’re here for a good time, not a long time.”
The family would like to thank the many friends and family who called or came to see Dad right after his diagnosis-you provided much laughter and love through stories and recollections when he needed it the most. We’d also like to thank Nurse Colleen and Home and Community Care for their guidance and support.
A celebration of life will be held in Ray’s honor on Wednesday July 5th, 3-7pm at the Qualicum Beach Rotary Park, 2945 West Island Hwy Route 19A, Qualicum Beach, B.C. We hope family and friends near and far can join us as we reminisce and celebrate Ray. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, your memories and enjoy a BBQ burger and picnic with us.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Ray’s memory to the BC Cancer Foundation at http://bccancerfoundation.com/ways-donate/gift-memory. Donation envelopes can be ordered toll free at 1.888.906.2873.
We will miss you dearly and will always carry your memory in our hearts. As you said, “stay strong and carry on.”