Died peacefully at Glenbrook Lodge after living a long and eclectic life. Ray was an incredible wonderful, loving husband and father. He will be remembered fondly and missed dearly. Left to remember are his wife of sixty-three years, Delia (Evans); their children Gavin (Amanda), Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s; Nicola (Yvon), Saint Camille, QC; Stephen (Chin), Orillia, ON; Lisa (Richard), Ottawa, ON; Thi Phan (Gael), St. John’s; and Michael, Ottawa, ON. Grandchildren Alice, Francis, Benjamin, Cameron, Raphaelle, and Antoine. Sister Sylvia, United Kingdom; brother Barry (Gillian), France. Predeceased by sister Leslie.
Born in London to Albert and Mary, Ray survived the Blitz. He spent part of his childhood in Pakistan, as his father worked for the British foreign office. While apprenticing at the Royal Small Arms factory in London, he met Delia while vacationing on a river boat in 1957. It was love at first sight and, after marrying and having the first three of six children, they emigrated to Canada – living in Montreal, Nova Scotia and Ontario, before settling in Newfoundland.
Ray was a fiercely competitive distance runner; his children would argue over taking ownership of his trophies in advance of him winning races. He applied his mentorship skills to coaching and took immense pride in guiding runners of all abilities. He wrote Canada’s official coaching manuals and travelled worldwide with elite athletes. He was a coach for Canada at the 1984 Olympic Games, and is a hall of fame member of both Sport NL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association.
Although he was educated and worked for many years as an engineer, Ray was immensely creative; he was a delightful story teller and an artist at heart. He published cartoons, short stories, television scripts, radio plays, and even a book of humour. Ray was also a lover of music, especially opera. He and Delia went into business together with Delia Pewter, making bowls, jewelry and ornaments in their basement workshop, first in St. John’s and then in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s.
Ray’s interests were innumerable, due his thirst for knowledge and an unquenchable curiosity. In life, he could never figure out the limits of our universe or the mysteries of existence. He is now free to search for answers.
A celebration of life event will be announced at a later date.
His family is forever grateful to the caring staff at Glenbrook Lodge and Cambridge Estates personal care home.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson Canada or the Craft Council of Newfoundland & Labrador.