Raymond (Ray) Peterson

May 24, 1947 to February 18, 2021


Ray passed away at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital on Thursday February 18, 2021 after a short illness at the age of 73.  He is predeceased by his mother Lillian, his father William and his brother Bill.

Ray was dearly loved and cherished by his wife Gail.

He will be deeply missed by his two sisters, Sylvia (Bill) and Mary (John), his brother Dan (Karen), and his nieces and nephews, Heidi (Dean)) and John (Vera and great nephew Ethan), Melanie (Cory and great nieces Desiree and Reeghan), Terri (Jeff and great niece Hope), Danny and Mathew (Jackie and great nephew Jack).

Ray will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law Hugh and his niece Erin (Sean and his great nephew Zachary).

A Baha’i burial service will be held at the graveside for the immediate family and the Baha’i community will be holding an online memorial service at a later date. To send a message of condolence please visit www.carnells.com.



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Gail, so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a terrific guy ! Whenever I had a chance encounter with Ray it was never just a hello, he always had time for a conversation and a chat. God bless him. My thoughts and prayers are with you..

Mary, Terri, Gail, Sylvia, Dan and rest of the Peterson famllies

My deepest condolences on Ray’s passing. Our parents were life long friends. I remember Ray’s gentle presence through the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this time.

Jack and I were very sad to hear of Ray’s passing. He was an old and cherished friend. We look back fondly on memories at MUN and the early 70s in St. J. Ray was a gentle man and a gentleman. Our condolences to his wife and family. RIP old friend.

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Ray, I send my sincerest condolences to you and your family.. I got to know Ray at the gym where he was my personal training client. Ray was always such a gentleman, but also a little bit sassy sometimes. Ray overcame many obstacles during our time together and I will always look back on those days with a special fondness. Ray was such a sweet guy and I know he was loved and will be missed.

Dear Gail
Harold and I are so sad to hear about Rays passing.
Please know that we are thinking of you at this very difficult time.
He was such a gentle kind man.
Connie & Harold Hayward

We both knew Ray at University and spent many hours in the Science cafe. In later years he was our Real Estate agent.
Always a gentleman and a friend to all.
Our condolences to his family.

Duane T. Frederick & Deborah Sidel

Gail …. I was sorry to hear of Ray’s passing.. He was a pleasure to work with and I enjoyed meeting him in various different contexts. His conversation was always interesting as he was very knowledgeable on a wide variety of subjects and his humour was never far from the surface.. He was a true gentleman. Our condolences.

To Gail and family

Ray and I would always have a chat about Hants Hr when ever we ran into each other. My deepest condolences.

Arlene Crane

To the Peterson family – our deepest condolences on the loss of Ray. Wishing you find comfort in the many memories of the many wonderful times you have shared.

To the Peterson Family, I would like to offer my sincere condolences on the passing of Ray. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

To Gail and family – heartfelt condolences from Karen and I. I have known Ray since the 1970s. We knew each other from the bar scene in St. John’s. It was always great to meet him and share in a lively discussion- he was deeply knowledgeable on many topics. Ray’s warm, slightly mischievous smile and his enthusiasm always made you feel special. In the 1990s, my wife and I got to know Ray better when he became our real estate agent. Always professional, caring and patient in guiding us through buying and selling, Ray saved us from making mistakes. Although we did not socialize together, over the ensuing years we ran into each other frequently and easily picked up where we left off with a lively, animated conversation. Ray left a mark on everyone who knew him- he was one of ‘the good guys’ as the many condolences have testified. Sadly, we both will miss those engaging run-ins!

I would like to offer my deepest sympathy to Gail and the Peterson family at this sad time. Ray was a great colleague, I worked at Remax with Ray for several years. He was a gentle soul. May he Rest In Peace.

To Gail and the Peterson Family…I remember well when
vacation time came around the first person I would call to take care of business was Ray with his branding of “Quick Response”. Well done Ray… Go rest high on that mountain.

Norma Wicks

A true gentleman. . Every time we would meet We always took the time to catch up and laugh . Many great memories of our time together at DBS. RIP brother Ray , you made the world a better place .

Ray will be sorely missed in the community. He was always a pleasure to work with. and somebody you could count on.. Gail our hearts go out to you at this time!
May he plunge into the sea of light in the world of mysteries.

An honest, soft spoken, man of his word! Rest peacefully Ray – Sincere condolences to family and friends.

Gail, my condolences on Ray’s passing. Always enjoyed our yarns over the years!
My thoughts and prayers are for you at this time!


Deepest sympathy to Ray’s wife Gail and to his siblings. I met Ray during the sad time of my sister Helen Molloy’s passing. I found Ray to be a compassionate, caring, kind individual – a soft-spoken gentleman.
May he rest in eternal peace.
Al & Brenda (Molloy) Mooney

To all of Ray’s Family Our sincere sympathy to you all as you mourn the loss of your loved one. We worked with Ray at ReMax and always enjoyed his pleasant company and conversation. Sincerely Max and Phyllis Beckett

I didn’t know Ray well in previous years, but got to know him at GoodLife Fitness- he had made wonderful improvement in his fitness a year or so ago , but didn’t seem as well after club reopened this year
My sincere condolences to his family and his brother in law Hugh

My condolences to Gail and family. So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. A true gentleman. .

We were so saddened to learn that Ray had passed away. The warmth of his smile, the kindness in his eyes and the genuine concern he always showed for others will be forever missed.
Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.

Our condolences to Gail, Hugh and family, so sorry to hear of Rays passing, I’m sure he will be missed by many. We go back to when our age was it the single digits. We kept renewing our friendship over the years through business and personal issues and it was always a pleasure, Ray was always great to talk to and had some interesting options on a large variety of subjects. RIP
Jim and Judy Campbell

Gail….sincere condolences on Ray’s passing.

So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Ray and I I met at mun and maintained constant contact throughout the years especially when he was a realtor . I knew Ray had some medical issues of late but one cannot ever had expected that he would leave us so soon. My thoughts are of him and his family.
Denis Barry

The dictionary should define gentlemen as : Like Ray Peterson … always a pleasure to have a friendly chat with Ray. He will be missed.

Dee Strong

Sylvia, Mary, Dan, and Gail and family,
My ssincere condolences on Ray’s passing. I hold you in thought and prayer as you journey through grief.
Peace – Ettie

Great memories of our chats over the years. A gentleman remembered. RIP Brother Ray.

Gail our deepest sympathies. I have many fond memories of Ray from my childhood that I will always treasure. He had so much class and such a warm way. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, mom, Mary and Dan.

Our sincere blessings and condolences to the Peterson Family. Ray was a constant presence and great friend of our Uncle Joe MacDonald. My mother Kathleen (MacDonald) always spoke very highly of Ray. May God bring you comfort at this difficult time.
Janice (Cole) Krpan and Family, Seattle, WA

Ray was a wonderful, kind, gentle man. The world is a better place for his being here. Sending sincere condolences to his family.

To Sylvia and family,
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Dennis and Daphne Butler

Dear Gail…. I was deeply saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. Our friendship goes back over 50 years and involves lots of great memories starting in The Spanish Cafe at MUN. We lost touch over the years as life tends to get in the way, however we reconnected again at the gym where many an old story was shared. He was a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.


We are deeply saddened about Uncle Raymond’s passing. He was a man with integrity, warmth, and class. We will always fondly remember our time spent with him over the years at family gatherings or even chance meetings at Jumping Bean. His wisdom and advice throughout the years was invaluable when we moved homes. He will be deeply missed.
Please know we are thinking of you. Your memories will be of great comfort to guide you through.
—John, Vera and Ethan

Gail and Hugh – very sorry to learn of your loss. We enjoyed Ray’s company very much – he will be missed. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.

I had the pleasure of enjoying a cup of coffee and solving the problems of the world with Ray and a group of friends at the A&W for a number of years.
It was a pleasure to have know him.

Peace and Blessings be upon a good human being, Ray Peterson. Ray was a beautiful soul, a kind person, always gretting one with a smile, and gentle vibe. He is missed already.

Gail, my thoughts are with you at this sad time. I know you will miss this dearest gentleman and
gentle man. He was a mentor to many and a friend to all, always with a kind smile and positive demeanour. It was a privilege to have known him and he will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully, Ray

To Gail, and the Family of Ray Peterson , Please accept our deepest condolences. Ray was a gentle soul,. He will be missed by many.
Rest In Peace Raymond.

My condolences on Ray’s passing. I knew Ray from many years ago. He was truly a gentleman.

Cheers to Ray a special man of kindness, good thinker, easy going and always a smile to those he greets. Tender heartfelt condolences Gail and family.

I am so sorry for your loss… I worked for a long time with Ray at Remax. He was such a gentle soul .Always treated people with respect… God Bless him!

Our Thoughts are with Family and Friends and Dan and Karen so sorry for your loss. May He Rest In Peace

Good bye my dear friend, thank you for everything.

To Sylvia and family,
Our deepest condolences to you at this very difficult time.

Les and Pauline

So very sad to hear this news, Ray was a kind and gentle man. Deepest condolences Gail.

My deepest sympathy for your loss Gail

With fond memories and deep condolences to Ray’s family .
Verna, Judy, Dianne and Beverley (Jacobs)

Dearest Gail.
I send solace and sweet ease as Ray goes on ahead. I know he will travel embraced by the love of many who were touched by his gentle kindness, his caring work and his open support and sincere engagement with others. I know how deeply this loss will cut and if there is anything you need while you learn to carry it, I am close by and ready to help in any way I can.

Dan,Karen and family sincere condolences on your loss.

Gail and family.
My sincerest condolences on the passing of dear Ray. I have very fond memories of Ray over the years when we participated in different Baha’i activities. He was always willing to assist and help as needed.
Troy and I will pray for the progress of Ray’s soul in the spiritual world.

If you Google the phrase ” no pressure real estate salesperson” Ray’s picture is there. And it says: see also “people person.”

I met him in 2003. I was assisting my daughter and her husband find their first house. We decided to not work with an agent. When we met Ray we changed our minds without him asking. He became the family agent after that. He truly had his clients best interests at heart.

We became friends after that, and saw each other now and then, especially when I lived in St. John’s from 2009-2016. . He was interesting and interested in you. He was well informed, insightful and an engaging conversationalist. And he had a great wit. He was a lot of fun.

The last time I saw him was when I was in St. John’s in November 2019. He had coffee together. He reflected on his life a lot in that conversation. One of the things that stayed with me was he expressed his gratitude for having a great marriage with his wife. He adored her.

He was a wonderful man, really.

I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Gail and his extended family and friends.

Philip Carter
Nanaimo, British Columbia

Gail and family,
Very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a true gentleman and so kind. He looked after my work many times over the years and was a trusted professional. Rest In Peace, Ray.
Maureen B

Sorry to hear this sad news. We knew Ray way back over the years. He was a kind and friendly soul. Please accept our sincere condolences.
– Nina Goudie and Dee Strong

I am very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He helped me so much when I worked in Real Estate. He was such a kind, sincere man and a good friend. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Uncle Dan and the Peterson family

I am so very sorry for your loss, my heart is with you all at this difficult time.

Nicole & Scott

Gail & Family We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I worked with Ray for many years in the Real Estate Industry.
He was always a kind positive person. Very professional and a pleasure to work with. We sincerely hope you find some solace in the precious memories you all share.,Fly high with the angels Ray.
Pat& George Pottle

Danny & Karen,

So sorry to hear of your brother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

sorry to hear about Ray

Gail and family,

Our sincere condolences on Ray’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and colleague to me and many others in the real estate industry. He was an outside-the-box thinker always happy to share ideas. I remember once he and I talked about what he could bring to real estate that would be different. We talked about a number of things, then Ray said “What I really want to do is just help people.” That sums him up pretty well. He helped a lot of people. He was a joy to know.

Ray was such a pleasure to work with throughout the years. A professional Realtor. Always caring and having an insightful perspective to share. My condolences Gail and family.

Ray was a wonderful man that I had the pleasure of working with at REMAX Realty Specialists Ltd. I enjoyed many conversations with him not only of real estate matters but friendly conversations about family, life, health and other great topics. He was a very knowledgeable person and I thought the world of him. He will never be forgotten and is in a great place right now I am sure. Rest in Peace Ray

Deepest Condolences to Gail and Ray’s family, great loss of wonderful soul, We admired Ray for His very nice qualities and smiling manner, will pray for the progress of His soul in the spiritual worlds of God. Carolyn and Bill Abbott.

I hadn’t seen Ray in quite some time, but he was a lifelong friend going back to our junior school days as classmates in the 50’s at Curtis Academy. When I moved back to NL in ’07, I sought him out and we had a wonderful chat! Forever the gentleman. So sorry for your loss Gail and family! RIP Ray.

Ray was a wonderful friend and had a unique sense of humility that few can espouse. Beulah and I will miss him .

What a tremendous loss for you, Ray’s family and the greater St. John’s community. Ray was such a gentle and kind person, known for his honesty and integrity in his business dealings in both construction and real estate. It was always a pleasure to spend time with him and chat about myriad topics and issues. Marilyn and I fondly remember first getting to know Ray when he did renovations on our home in the early 80’s. He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Noel & Marilyn Flynn

I’m thinking of you and pray for your strength now

Dear Gail, our heartfelt Prayers for the progress of Ray’s soul in Heaven, and Prayers for God’s peace, solace & blessings for you and your family during this very difficult period. We will always hold dear, many lovely memories of Ray; since Farid first arrived, alone, upon this wonderful Isle of Newfoundland in 1986 and Ray gracefully & unhesitatingly extended his hands in friendship, to both of our young sons over the past 19-22 years with whom Ray always warmly chatted and openly complimented for their personal interests, endeavours & educational achievements. Even during a stressful time or illness affecting his listener, Ray readily shared a joke or funny story, because “laughter really is the best medicine”. He is terribly missed by our Miri family, along with his unforgettable sense of humour and warm, caring smile! May God bless Ray, welcome him into God’s glorious paradise, shelter him under the pavilion of God’s supreme mercy, and perpetuate Ray’s soul in God’s exalted rose garden.

A Prayer for the progress of Ray’s soul in Heaven:
“O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions! Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world. O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount.”
– a Baha’i Prayer for the Departed.

So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing and profound condolences to Gail on this loss. I have known Ray since the 60’s when we all lived a kind of carefree life. It is too bad that Covid has taken away that freedom as we cannot adequately express our condolences in person. Ray was such a gentle soul with who I always enjoyed our many conversations. His smile was infectious and I will miss that chance to have a chat as he walked around Bannerman Park. I will always remember how helpful he was to me when as a sole practitioner entering the real estate business. Without Ray’s back up support that he offered at the time, it would have been very difficult for me to operate. Thank you Ray. You were always very kind to me and your presence leaves a very large void.

Our deepest sympathy to you Gail and All Family Members. Ray was just a nice guy who will be missed by many. God bless.

Elizabeth and I are sad to lose the outward sight of our dear longtime friend but relieved that the difficulties he experienced at the end of his life in this world are over. We first met Ray in the 1970s and quickly learned to value his kindness, integrity, trustworthiness, good humour and fidelity. He will be so fondly remembered by so many whose lives were touched by knowing him. Our daughter Susan joins us in sending loving thoughts to Gail and to the rest of Ray’s family, who will remember Ray best and always.

So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was always a pleasure to work with. A real gentleman. God Speed now.

So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. As a veteran Realtor It was always a pleasure dealing with Ray. But more importantly I never once bumped into Ray without have a long and many times humorous conservation. He will be sadly missed.

So saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. Condolences go out to Gail, and also to Sylvia, Mary, Danny and their families at this sad time. Although we have not been in touch often in these later years, Ray was considered a lifelong friend, from our kindergarten days, to our high school years and beyond. Saying goodbye to anyone is never easy, but to a lifelong friend, it is extremely hard to say “See ya later, buddy”. So it it with much sadness thst we say, “Goodbye, my friend, Rest in Peace”.

Very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I worked with Ray at Re/Max for many years and found him to be a gentleman. Hold on to the memories.

Mary & Family, so sorry to hear of Rays passing, thinking of his Family at this difficult time.

Very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Great guy, always pleasant and helpful to all. He will be dearly missed by many a fellow Realtor.

Gail, Mary, Teri and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May he rest in peace

Ray was a true gentleman !
He was very welcoming and always greeted you with a smile !
You will be sadly missed at our gatherings Ray !
Rest in peace
Patty Godden

Gail. Ray was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was there when I needed him and always had a kind word for anyone who was in his company. I’ve know Ray for 30 yrs and his present was always welcomed by all.
He will be missed but never forgotten. RIP my friend.
My regards to the Peterson Family.

Our most sincere condolences to Gail and family. We were at Smitty’s Restaurant in Churchill Square last Fall and Ray was there with a friend. We didn’t see him but he saw us and came over to have a chat. Hadn’t seen him in awhile but it was so nice to catch up. God Bless you Ray. Rest in Peace my friend..