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In Loving Memory of

Uncle Ray


Obituary of Uncle Ray

UNCLE RAY to many, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, due to a long time struggle with lung disease. He was a beloved husband of 49 years to Leah. He will be lovingly remembered by his niece, Melanie, nephews Jerry and Mark. Special uncle to Malia, Abby, Olivia and Joseph. He will be remembered by his sisters-in-law, Beverley (Harry) and Deborah (Paul). Uncle Ray was very saddened by the recent passing of his nephew in the UK, Neil.

Ray worked as a millwright for many years at Ontario Paper (Donohue). Until recently, Ray also worked for Niagara Falls Taxi. He was a popular and well-liked driver, who will be fondly remembered by his passengers and fellow drivers. He was a dedicated fan of Queen and would always be rooting on his favourite soccer, Man City. One of Ray’s favourite lifetime passions was for soccer. Throughout his life, Ray even coached junior boy’s soccer teams, which brought him much happiness as he loved every moment of it. His outgoing personality will be missed by many, especially for the stories he shared so passionately.

In accordance with Ray’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Arrangements are entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905) 354-2133. A private family interment will take place at Fairview Cemetery. A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held for family and friends, at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Ray, may be given to the War Amps or to the Ontario Lung Association. Online condolences may be shared on Ray’s tribute page found at

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Mary Davies
3 years ago

So sprry to hear about Ray, Leah. Sending ptayers your way.

Matt Thomas
3 years ago

”Ray Weems”, ”He was a hell of a nice guy.” One time he told me that when he was gone, all that he really wanted was for some people to remember him and say that he was a nice guy. I just said it, and have said it to a few other people over the last few weeks. I have numerous memories and stories that are forever a part of me. Leah, never underestimate the influence that you and Ray have had on people throughout their lives. I will always remember. I respect you and Ray and always will. I have laughed with him, cried with him, shared experiences with him and learned some lessons as well. Few people possess the charisma and character that Ray had. Leah, as Ray would say: ”God Bless”

Debbie Berry & Family
3 years ago

Leah-my heartfelt thoughts are with you during your difficult journey ahead, stay strong I know you have it in you. Ray, you were a good man with many words and stories to tell and such a lovely treasure of a person to know throughout all these years. You may be gone from this earthly life and be far from all of us left here without you, just remember you will be ever near in the hearts and memories through all the lives you touched. Love and peace be with you.

Brenda and Bill Hunter
3 years ago

Ray, how do I describe you. Your Mother named you well.. you were a “Ray of Sunshine,” always smiling and telling funny stories I knew you for over 44 years. I have fond memories from when you were a lad to your final days. You fought a hard battle, nobody enjoyed life more than you.
You will always be in my heart and thoughts. I regret that I never had the chance to say goodbye to you at the end. I understand because of Covid 19, that it was impossible. It was a very sad time for everyone, especially, Leah!
Goodnight and God Bless! 🌈

P.s. No more worrying about the red car finale!

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Donna Cardinal
3 years ago

I was so sorry to hear about Ray. He was a funny. great neighbour & friend and I will miss his jokes, smile and just seeing him. My heart goes out to Leah and the family. Sincerely, Donna Cardinal

Mike and Pat
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss Leah. Remembering lots of good times together and, thinking of you . Take care of yourself x

Tim & Karen Neil
3 years ago

Dear Leah,
We are very sorry to learn of the loss of Ray. You are in our thoughts and you have our most sincere sympathy.
Take care of yourself and stay safe.

3 years ago

My uncle Ray, I couldn’t have had a better uncle, always bringing a smile to my face. From the early morning McDonald’s breakfasts to picking me up from grade school when I was sick in his funny little yellow truck, me getting lost at the erie county fair and probably almost giving him a heart attack, lending me his car when I was a teen and making sure he has my favorite beer on hand…. I could go on forever just as uncle Ray will live forever in my memories and in myself as you were a major part of my life teaching me so much and helping become who I am today. Forever and always with me my uncle Ray.


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