September 3, 1945 – July 19, 2022
In loving memory ~
With great sadness and heavy hearts we announce the peaceful passing of Raymond (Ray) Joseph Despres at Royal Jubilee Hospital with his family at his side.
Ray was born in Niagara Falls, ON and grew up in St. Catharine’s, ON until packing up and heading West in the spring of 1972 landing in Ladysmith, BC that summer.
Ray was generous and kind in nature, lending a hand to many with a welcoming smile and loved to tell stories of the many fishing and camping adventures he’d had. He enjoyed boating and fishing at Moberly Lake near Chetwynd in Northern BC as his annual home away from home camping trip. He could fix practically anything and could often be found in his shop working on his boat or tinkering on one thing or another.
Ray worked as a Manufactured Home Technician and retired in late 2019 after 47 years of service with Gordon’s Homes.
Ray is survived by Gloria Despres his loving wife of 37 years, sister Diane Despres-Fisher, daughters Melissa Sayers and Christine Despres and his grand-children Misty, Richard and Logan.
Although it wasn’t long enough we will be thankful for all the years we had.
We will love him forever and he will be deeply missed.
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