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WATKINS – Raymond (Ray) Herbert Cyril

August 22, 1920 – November 11, 2009

Ray Watkins, of Calgary, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the age of 89 years.

Ray served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. After the war he graduated from the University of Manitoba with an Electrical Engineering Degree. Ray was employed with Imperial Oil for 33 years retiring as a Geophysicist. During this time Ray and Bea travelled the world. He was proud to be a long time member of the Lion’s Club and devoted numerous volunteer hours. Ray was a founding member of the Royal Canadian Legion Centennial Branch #285. He took great pride in gardening and enjoyed fishing while spending time at One Island Lake in BC.

Ray is survived by his children and their spouses, Doug and Bonnie Watkins, Joanne and Rick Hall, Maureen Watkins and Dale Fraser; son-in-law Ray Schmidt; grandchildren, Heather, Jessica and Joshua Watkins, Theresa (Derek) Gee, Shauna Hall, Jennifer and Michael Schmidt, Kurtis and Lance Fraser; his brother Al Watkins and sister Joyce Almond. Ray was predeceased by his wife Bernice (Bea) and daughter Linda Schmidt.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Raymond Watkins, 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) 243-8200.

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  1. It is sad to lose another from the Dawson Creek gang of Imperial Oil. I have many fond memories of Ray and Bea from those days.

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  2. Sure sorry to hear that Ray has passed on. Our condolences go out to all the family. I worked with Ray with Imperial Oil in the Peace River area in 1953 thru 1956. My wife [Marg] & I in 1955 were newly married & were unable to find a place in FT.ST. John to live so we rentad a little trailer from Ray & that was our first home.

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  3. Steve Reynolds :

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of your dad and wish to extend my sincerest sympathy to each of you during this difficult time. My thoughts are with all of you.

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  4. Our sincerest condolences & sympathy to the Watkins family.
    Our thoughts are with you
    Sheila Whitley, Philip Whitley
    Dave & Judy Whitley & family

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  5. Maureen,

    Deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father Ray. I enjoyed many years in Lions with your father. He was always great to be with and enthusiastic about whatever we were doing in Lions for the betterment of the community. I will miss him.

    Sincerely,
    Bob Mercer

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  6. Sorry to hear the sad news again for the family. I will always remember Ray’s laugh and happy personality. I’ll bet our parents are all together again playing cards out there somewhere..

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  7. Bill & Lenore Lawrence :

    We missed not seeing Ray at the lake this past year. The first time in 45 years that we did not get to visit with him! We appreciate the fact that you put the notice in our Dawson Creek paper. We are thinking of all of you at this time. We will miss him!

    Bill and Lenore Lawrence. Cabin 14 at One Island Lake.

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