Oct. 10, 1923 – Oct. 3, 2008
Ray was born in Winnipeg, and was predeceased by his mother Alice, father Durham, as well as his brother Richard Palmer. He leaves behind his wife Mary, Daughter Janet and son John, as well as grandchildren Shane and Ali Cranmer.
After attending university in Winnipeg, Ray joined the Winnipeg Rifles and spent several years during and after the second WW helping people in Holland regain their homes and needed services. He finished university at U.B.C.,and after attending Normal School, spent many happy years teaching children at schools in Winter Harbour, North Vancouver and Prince Rupert. After arriving in Campbell River in 1954 he taught many grades from high school to elementary, then became Principal at Quadra and Elm Schools.
While at Elm School, he was proud to be able to start the first School District supported Kindergarten in the district to have a school, then went on to set up a room for the first developmentally disabled children starting with a small class of young children supported by their parents and members of the Retarded Childrens’ Association, which has gone on to become a very active Association for Community Living. He also helped organize the Family Service Society.
After retiring from teaching Ray entered the Real Estate business, and enjoyed working with home buyers and sellers. He also wrote columns for the Mirror newspaper for many years. Ray loved sailing, and spent many happy hours on Georgia Strait and around Mitlenatch Island in a small sailboat. He never did catch a fish, though.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Salvation Army’s Ocean Crest Church, 291 McLean Ave., Campbell River on the 17th of October, 2:00p.m.