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GAUTHIER, Gerald “Ray”

April 11, 1924 – Grand Cascapedia, Quebec
September 5, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Gerald Joseph Gauthier, Flames fanatic, supplier of cookies, patriot, and keeper of the flame passed away after a brief illness on Friday September 5, 2014 at the age of 90 years.

He married the love of his life, Peggy Forrester, a postal worker he met in Bournemouth, England during WWII. They lived a happy and full life until Peggy passed twenty one years ago. He had a life-long love affair with rye bread and cold cuts, Viva Puffs, steak, spaghetti and meat sauce.

He took extreme pride in his family; his six children Patricia Gauthier (Duke – deceased), Linda Kramer (Ken), Michael Gauthier (Janet), Raymond Gauthier (Rochelle), Dianne Cruxton (Bob), and Suzanne Wilson (Lanny); eight grandchildren Paula, Laura, Geoff, Marnie, Colette, Shannon, Zoe and Brandon; and nine great-grandchildren Nicholas, Johnny, Ava, Mia, Linnea, Torsten, Alexandr, Emolie and Jacob.

As a former WWII vet he would often beguile us with his accounts of places and the happenings of the war. We could never get enough of these stories and could see the sense of pride in his eyes.
You will be greatly missed, Father, Grandfather, Great- Grandfather and friend.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Southwood Care Centre, 211 Heritage Drive SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1M9, Telephone: (403) 252-1194.

In living memory of Ray Gauthier, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Cal & Mary Stene :

    To the Ray Gauthier Family;
    Our sincere condolences on the loss of your Father, Grand Father and Great Grand Father, may his sole rest in peace. He will be greatly missed by those of us who considered him one of our good and best friends. A tribute has been made to the Southwood Care Centre in his memory.

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  2. Bessie Bombardieri :

    Sincere sympathy to all of Ray`s family at this sad time. Ray will be missed in our neighbourhood. We always had a cheerful greeting whenever we met. Whenever I saw him I thought of your dear Mother Peggy. They were a lovely couple.

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  3. My heart and prayers go out to the Gauthier Family. May he rest in peace.

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  4. Katherine, Myles, Rory, Melissa and Bella :

    Our love and prayers to you and your family; we know how much you treasured him, and how much he’ll be missed.

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  5. Hello Gauthier family,

    I was saddened to hear of Mr Gauthier’s passing this week. I am not in Calgary and won’t be able to be with you tomorrow but
    wanted to share some special memories of Mr G:
    – your parents/grandparents were like my third set of grandparents. They watched Karen and I grow up. I would stop by after school and chat (also with Gran), borrow baking supplies, sometimes play a few games in the games room. He was part of our family. We were glad to include him for our annual Ukrainian Xmas dinners.
    – he was tolerant: as a teen, when I had to keep borrowing their key to our house when I got locked out or couldn’t find mine.
    – he had a great sense of humour: each crabapple harvest we would exchange fire by lobbing crabapples into each other’s yards (I would be on the garage roof, he would be on his deck).
    – he was thoughtful – in the early mornings (he knew I wasn’t an early bird and was always running late) he would scrape off the frost or snow off the windshield of my car while I was in high school and university.
    – he was organized and neat: he had the cleanest garage I have ever seen. He was always the first on the block to put up and take down his Xmas lights, rake leaves or shovel the sidewalk. He often shovelled ours.
    – he was a proud vet: he would share his stories and we would nerd out on how know the difference between a V1 and a V2 rocket etc.
    – we could see his dining room from ours and we would often share a pre-dinner wave
    – he was neighbourly: he was always glad to see us and stop what he was doing for a chat over the fence.
    – he was cool: he always had a new hip car to show us (in mint condition of course)
    – he was kind: when my Mom died of cancer, he took extra care to look in on my Dad.
    – most of all, he was very very proud of all of you. He would always know what was going on with each of you and would be so pleased to share your news and accomplishments with us.

    I am so sorry for your loss but so glad I got a chance to know him.


    Sandy Rever

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