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RAY V. SMITH (RAYMOND) Obituary pic


Born: Aug 28, 1935

Date of Passing: Mar 17, 2021

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1935 - 2021

It is with broken hearts that we announce the peaceful passing at home, of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him, Ray Smith, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021.
A public come and go viewing will take place at Birchwood Funeral Chapel in Steinbach, Manitoba on Friday, March 26, 2021, between 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Ray was born on August 28, 1935, in Winnipeg to his parents Thomas and Neva Rae (Haines) Smith. His father immigrated from Scotland and his mother from the USA. Ray grew up with his two older brothers, Harold and Earle. He went to Gordon Bell High School, graduating in 1953. He attended Lutheran Seminary in Regina, SK, married, completed his electrician courses and began a career with Manitoba Hydro. In the late 1960s Ray purchased a motel and restaurant in Ashern, MB. Upon selling the restaurant and motel he became a realtor and General Manager for McKague-Sigmar. He met Linda (nee Hovorka). They were married on September 2, 1978, in Winnipeg, MB. Some years later, they moved to the United States. In the 1990s, Ray and Linda returned to Canada to help care for Linda's elderly parents.
Ray was known for his kindness, compassion, patience, and always willing to help anyone in need.
Raymond is survived by his beloved wife, Linda, his brother Earle (age 90), sister-in-law, Margaret of London, Ontario as well as his sister-in-law Ruth of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He leaves to mourn his four dearly beloved children who reside in Texas: Brandt, Brenda (Randy), Blair and Belinda (Joe) and eight grandchildren: Heather, Melissa, Ryan, Amber, Adam, Hayley, Candy and Caylee; many great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express appreciation and gratitude for all the prayers, words of encouragement, flowers, cards, and expressions of sympathy received from family and friends, his doctors, nurses and health care aides from the WRHA.
Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be sent to: East Borderland Community Housing, Box 207, Sprague, MB. R0A 1Z0.

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As published in The Carillon on Mar 25, 2021

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