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THOMAS, Raymond Charles

December 12, 1926 – March 24, 2013

Ray Thomas, 86, of Calgary passed away peacefully on March 24th after a brief illness at the Foothills Medical Centre with his loving family by his side. Beloved husband of the late Mona Thomas, he was the loving father of Susan Hiebert (Rob) of Calgary and Laurene Rowe (Harvey) of Boston, MA. He is also survived by his grandchildren Chelsea Radomski (Shaun), Paul Hiebert (Darci) and Jesse Hiebert all of Calgary and Austin and Ian Rowe of Boston.

Ray was born in Calgary growing up in Crescent Heights and attending St. Mary’s High School. He was a Royal Canadian Naval Veteran. For over 30 years a successful career at Chevron Canada Resources in facilities management was crafted. Fellow co-workers appreciated and respected his unfailing “can do” attitude both in the workplace and out.

Ray and Mona were adventurous travellers visiting such exotic places as Hawaii, Tahiti, Southeast Asia, South America, Antarctica, North Africa, much of Europe and the United Kingdom. Ray was an avid hiker in the Canadian Rockies. With Mona and their family many summers were enjoyed at his favourite fishing retreat in Montana. He was a long standing member of the Garrison Curling Club, the Danish Canadian Club, Woodcliff United Church, Optimist Seniors Skating Group, Chevron Retirees Association and the 264 Royal Canadian Legion.

Ray is also survived by his brother Cliff Thomas (Irene), his sisters–in-law Lois (Don) MacArthur, Lorraine MacLennan, Vera Beattie and brother-in-law David (Heather) MacLennan and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Ray’s life will take place on Monday April 1st at the Danish Canadian Club, Tivoli Room, 727 – 11th Avenue S.W. beginning at 4:00pm. Ray wished for this to be an informal gathering with food and refreshments.

Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholoway.com. At the family’s request, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Ray was a cancer survivor) at 403-521-3433 or www.albertacancer.ca. The family wishes to offer their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of the amazing staff at the Emergency Department and Unit 36 at Foothills Medical Centre.

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

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  1. Andy Danielewicz :

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ray about seven years ago. We curled together at the Garrison and had many enjoyable Friday “meetings”. We are deeply sorry about Ray’s demise and offer our condolences. Ray will be missed by all.
    Andy and Diane Danielewicz

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  2. Joseph and Greta Lothian :

    Susan, Laurene and families-Saddened to read of Rays’ passing. Ray loved life and lived it to the fullest. A sad day but filled with fond remembrances.
    Joseph and Greta Lothian

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  3. I was saddened to hear of Ray’s sudden passing. I want to extend my sincere sympathy to his family. I recall many happy memories with Ray and Mona preparing the company barbecues.
    Don Taylor

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  4. Robert Wilson :

    Grace and I are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a great neighbor and became a valued friend. We send our best wishes to his family.
    Robert Wilson

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  5. I remember Ray welcoming me to Chevron, providing me the necessary office supplies and a “new” calculator. Ray was a lot of fun to work with. My condolences to his family, he will be truly missed.

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  6. Laurina & Garry Milne :

    We are Rays Condo neighbours, and got to know him over the past 3 years – what an interesting man! His enthusiasm for life and family was contagious. We are so sorry to see him gone. He was a great guy to have as a neighbour. Our heartfelt condolences to his families.

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  7. Dear Susan, Laurene and family
    Ray was a light in many people’s lives. He had an amazing facility to connect with people and make each one feel valued as a human being. His was a life well lived, full of curiosity and enthusiasm. He will have a place in the memory of many, particularly the family of Roy Stuart, his dear friend. Ray and Mona were always welcome guests over many years of dinner parties and get-togethers.

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  8. Anne Brinovac (Bagocki) :

    My sincere condolences to Susan, Laurene and their families. Ray was my first boss at Chevron and I have many fond memories of working for him in the mailroom and also car pooling with him and Mona. I’m so sorry I was not able to attend his memorial but my thoughts were with all of you.

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  9. Maureen Yeasting :

    Hi Family!
    What a lovely good-bye to Uncle Ray yesterday. Lots of great stories that really captured who he was. I brought his bulletin in to work today & all the ladies commented on how handsome he was – young & old. So sorry to you all for your loss. It won’t be the same down at the lake. xo Maureen.

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  10. Ellen Harris :

    Susan, Laurene and family,
    I was so sad to hear of your loss. Your parents are just part of the tapestry of life with my own family. Friday afternoon “meetings” Ray, Roy and my dad’s lunch time walks, and their shared respect of one another. I hope our parents are having a great “catch up” visit wherever they are now. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Ellen Harris

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