June 20, 1933 – March 16, 2022
The family announces with sorrow Ray’s peaceful passing at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at the age of 88 years.
Predeceased by his parents, Jean Wilbur Deredin and Alma O’Kane, sisters Mary Martin, and Catherine Trevors, and brother Wilbur. Predeceased by his beloved wife Simone (nee Fortin). Survived by his sons Paul (Karen) and Rick (Lee Dow), daughter Rebecca Yamusah (Fred, predeceased), seven grandchildren (Curtis, Phil, Matt, Kyle, RaeAnna, Elizabeth, Alandria) and nine great-grandchildren. Brother of Louis Galliah (Paula) and Dolores Adams/McDermaid (Billy, predeceased).
Ray was born in Chatham, New Brunswick and raised in Miramichi, New Brunswick. At the age of 17 he moved to Sudbury, Ontario and met the love of his life Simone (nee Fortin). He started his career at INCO and worked there until the age of 50. In his retirement years, he and Simone travelled often including visits to his family in New Brunswick. Ray was an avid golfer and enjoyed gardening. He loved watching the Toronto Blue Jays.
The family would like to thank Dr. Presenza, Patricia, Tammy-Lynn Wilcox and the staff at Finlandia for their continuing compassion and care. Also the staff at St.Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre for their professional passionate care as he transitioned.
As per Ray’s request there will be no visitation or funeral. A Private Celebration of his Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to Finlandia Village.