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GOLDSMITH – Edward Raymond

August 8, 1926 – December 11, 2010

With broken hearts we announce the passing of our dear father, grandfather, brother, and friend Ray. Ray has gone to be with our mom Louise; who went before him on December 21, 2006.

Ray was a handsome, charming, meticulous gentleman. He was a talented “natural engineer” who could literally fix anything mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or welding. In his most recent endeavours, Ray applied his talents to repairing and restoring antique clocks. He was an accomplished problem-solver who frequently manufactured his own mechanisms and inventions to facilitate creative and successful solutions.

Ray’s adventures and employment consistently revolved around making things work. One of his first jobs was repairing bicycles at Premier Cycle. As a child, his first boat was homemade by himself and his brothers. It stayed afloat on the Bow River until their father, fearing for their safety, set it adrift. As an adult, our family summers were spent motor boating and water skiing on Windermere, Mara and Christina lakes.

Ray maintained his first car, a 1929 Pontiac coupe with a rumble seat. He raced his Model T Ford at the Stampede Grounds and later his V8 Ford at Calgary Raceway. Too young to join the forces, he contributed to the service by repairing airplane engines at No. 32 F.T.S. Bowden. For forty-five years, he was a devoted employee of Standard Brands/Nabisco Brands/Fleishmann’s ensuring all of the machinery in the entire plant was smoothly and productively running.

Ray travelled coast to coast in the U.S. on business trips. He and Louise travelled coast to coast in Canada in a twenty-six foot motor home. They travelled down under to New Zealand twice.

Ray is honoured, admired, and loved by his immediate family: son Don, Liz and family in NZ, devoted daughter and son-in-law Gail and Jim and most cherished grandson Mathew, who Grandpa is very, very proud of. Ray will be remembered by his caring brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Joyce and Bob and Liz, family members, good neighbours and friends. Ray was predeceased by his parents Edward and Agnes, his eldest brother Ernie, and his loving wife of fifty-eight years Louise.

Sustaining us, is the belief that our dad and mom will be together for Christmas, together for mom’s birthday on December 25 and together for eternity.

During this difficult time, we are respectfully adhering to our father’s thoughtful, detailed plans and wishes. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of donations, please spend an “extra special” time with your own loved ones during this holiday season. Special thanks for continuous care and support are sent to Diane, Ken, nurse Sandy, nurse Deanna, We Care, Home Care, Southcentre Safeway Pharmacy staff, Dr. Kroetch, Bob and members of the Calgary Watch and Clock Collectors Association, Rockyview General Hospital and The Beverly Estates Lake Midnapore residents and staff.

In living memory of Ray Goldsmith, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Ralph & Bernice :

    Gail, Jim, Mathew
    Don, Liz
    We are greatly saddened by the passing of our dear neighbor and treasured friend. We will miss him dearly as we have Louise as they were like family. As neighbors we couldn’t have had better. They were always there for us and couldn’t do enough if they thought they were needed.
    When Ray found out we were part of the Pequegnat Family of clock makers unbeknown to me he one day presented me with a Pequegnat clock. This I will cherish forever.
    “GOD BLESS” you all.
    Ralph & Bernice Smith

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  2. Safeway Pharmacy Southcenter staff :

    The staff at Safeway Southcenter would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. Mr. Goldsmith has been a patient of ours for quite a few years, and we have always enjoyed having him at our store. He was a pleasure to serve. His friendly and personble demeanor made him a favorite amongst our staff. He was always pleasant, never in a bad mood; just a nice person to be around. We will miss having him at our store, but it’s been a pleasure having him.

    Sincerely,
    The staff at Safeway Pharmacy Southcenter

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  3. I’ve lost a dear friend and my expert on everything. I know he wanted to go but I feel sorry for me, being left behind, I think is the hardest. Ray knew all about that because I know he died of a broken heart.
    Now I know how he felt. Rest in peace and may God’s grace be with you both always.

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  4. As President of the Calgary Alberta Clock and Watch Collectors Association, I would like to send our most sincere codolences to Ray’s family.

    The loss of a friend and mentor to many of our members is always difficult to accept, especially at this special time of the year.

    Ray had been a valued member for several decades and was always appearing in our annual show’s.

    The members selected Ray to be our very first Honorable Lifetime Member, when the award was established a few years ago. There were only three people holding this honour.

    We will all miss Ray and send our best wishes to his family.

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  5. Ray

    I will miss you old friend, but will always think of you when I look at, and hear the chimes, of my grandfathers New Haven mantle clock that you restored for me.

    Larry

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  6. Ray struck me both as a gentleman and a gentle man. Anyone can accomplish the former but the latter is a gift of grace. I enjoyed my time with Ray very much and would very much like to have known him as a younger, healthier man.

    I am very sorry to see him go.

    Kevin

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  7. Ray will missed forever by those of us lucky enough to have to worked with him. Though he had been retired from Fleischmann’s for many years, we remaining few here thought of him often. This place was made better for all times by having Ray look after it for over 40 years.

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  8. Ray was one of the nicest people I knew. He was giving of his time and talents, and had his priorities in order.We will miss his cheerful smile, and his kindness.
    Jim

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