November 25, 1924 – November 19, 2012
Born November 25, 1924 in Innisfail, AB, Ray passed away peacefully at Chinook Care Centre in Calgary on November 19, 2012.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Martina, his sons; Barry (Hannah) of Toronto, and Robert (Pat) of Edmonton and his daughter Susan Rose of Calgary. Ray is also survived by his six grandchildren; Jeffry, Scott, Rena Carpenter and Robert (Emma), Mark (Ria) and David (Inbal) Rose, as well as seven great-grandchildren; Morgan and Klara Lester of Edmonton, Isabella Rose of Halifax and Kayden, Aaliyah, Isaiah and Tehilla Rose of Calgary. Ray was predeceased by his parents Ray Maxwell Carpenter and Ethel Weldin, his brother Jim Carpenter and son-in-law Ian Rose.
Ray’s naval career of 26 years took him worldwide, spanning WWII, the Korean Conflict and subsequent years until his retirement in 1968. At that time he relocated his family to Montreal where he worked as a technical writer. In 1975 Ray and Martina returned to Alberta, residing in Calgary until the present time.
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over. Sea Fever by John Masefield.
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In living memory of Ray Carpenter, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences