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ROCHEL, Ray Armand Jean

April 18, 1958 – September 2, 2011

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Ray Armand Jean Rochel on Friday September 2, 2011, at the age of 53 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Joyce; daughter Sarah; Mother Denise; sisters Nathalie, Babette and Brigette; Uncle Danny Chabillon, Uncle Steve Huk; grandmother Marg Ferguson; father Dale Ferguson; sisters and brother-in-laws, Esther and Bill, Lorrie and Dale, Amy and David and sister-in-law Naomi as well as many other family and friends, co-workers and passengers at Calgary Transit.

He was predeceased by his birth father Jean Rochel in 1959.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Abbeydale Christian Fellowship Church (1352 Abbeydale Drive S.E.) on Monday September 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Mennonite Central Committee World Relief Organization (210-2946 32 Street N.E.), Calgary, AB T1Y 6J7 403 275 6935

In living memory of Ray Rochel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.

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  1. Kathy and Randy Dueck :

    Dear Joyce, Sarah and the Rochel family, Our condolences and sympathies on the passing of Ray. We are sorry for your loss. Randy and Kathy Dueck

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  2. Dear Joyce, Sarah, Ray’s Mom, sisters and all the family–we will so miss that caring guy with his wacky sense of humour.
    May you know yourselves greatly sustained in God. You are in my prayers.
    Love, Lois

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  3. As my beloved late wife Jill used to say, “Ray is my favourite nephew”. I am going to miss him dearly. But I will remember him often because he demonstrated to all of us often to “be happy” and take time to joke and laugh and enjoy life. There is a special song that reminds me of Ray. The song is called ‘Better Man” by Keb’ Mo’ and the lyrics are: “I’m gonna make my world a better place, I’m gonna keep that smile on my face, I’m gonna teach myself how to understand, I’m gonna make myself a better man.” The next time we see each other Ray, you strap on a guitar and let’s sing that song together.

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  4. I’m really gonna miss that nutball. He always knew how to make those around him laugh with little to no effort. A song that reminds me of him is “So Far Away” by Avenged Sevenfold. I will always think of Ray and the others I’ve lost over the years every time I hear this song.

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  5. Joyce, Sarah and all of Ray’s family—I share my deepest sympathies with all of you. Love, Dave.
    Ray: You touched my life in only the most positive of ways. EVERYTIME I spent time with you and the family, we laughed; and I will hold onto those memories for the rest of my life, and, only hope that I can spread the same cheer.
    Rest in Peace dear Ray.

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  6. Sending my condolences on the loss of Ray. He has given me many laughs since I first met him at Transit. You are all in my prayers.

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  7. Well sweetheart, its been a year. Sarah and I have talked about you alot with lots of fond memories about you and we have grown very close. Went to see Nathalie for a few days and we had a great time at bingo.
    She loves you and we talked about you alot.
    See you later
    Love always
    The love of your life

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