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BIGGELAAR, Raymond C.

Posted By Obits On June 11, 2012 @ 9:26 AM In Obituary | 16 Comments

December 17, 1930 – June 11, 2012

Ray beloved husband of Joyce of Calgary, passed away on Monday, June 11, 2012 at the age of 81 years

Ray was born in Tilburg, Holland on December 17, 1930 and immigrated to Canada in 1955.

Besides his loving wife he is survived by his children, Mike (Jannie), Joyce (Len) and Judy (Kevin); and grandchildren, Alexander, Jessica, Stephanie, Sarah, Elise and Spencer. Ray was predeceased by his daughter Cora (Tony).

Ray was a Cameraman with CHAT TV and saw much technological advancement in his sixteen years, he even pioneered the first mobile camera shoot by putting the camera in a friends convertible for the first on seen news report. Ray was also very involved in the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede and was on the Parade and Promotions Committee for thirty-five years, recently Ray participated as part of the Alumni.

Abiding by Ray’s wishes a Funeral Service will not be held, however a “Celebration of Life” will be announced at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2 Telephone: 1 (888) 566 – 5864. www.ab.lung.ca. The family wishes to “Thank” the nurses and staff of unit 94 at the Rockyview General Hospital for the exceptional and compassionate care Ray received in recent weeks.

In living memory of Ray Biggelaar, 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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Condolence from Michelle MacKenzie on June 15th, 2012 5:00 PM

I knew Ray from Promotion Committee and always knew that I would get a chuckle from spending time with him. He was a great person with a big heart. He will be remembered with a smile.
Condolences to Mike and his family for their loss.
Michelle

Condolence from Vicki Blais on June 15th, 2012 5:09 PM

Dear Mike and family,
My deepest condolences to you all. My prayers are with you.
Regards,
Vicki Blais, Promotion Committee

Condolence from Yves A.J. Morin on June 15th, 2012 5:32 PM

So sorry to hear of your loss.
May God look after you and your family in every way.

Condolence from Lane Kranenburg on June 15th, 2012 5:41 PM

Sincere condolences to the Biggelaar family, Ray was a very personable and upbeat man who savoured life. I enjoyed my time working with him on the Stampede Promotion Committee.
Always a smile and story, he will be missed.

Condolence from Donna Wyse on June 15th, 2012 7:41 PM

Mike, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Heartfelt condolences from Dave, Bobby and I.

Condolence from Marnie Molnar on June 15th, 2012 11:54 PM

Mike I am so sorry to hear your Dad has passed. It was always such a pleasure to work with him. He was always enthusiastic, his glass was always 1/2 full and when things went side ways he always had something funny to say which brought us back to what really mattered. It was wonderful you spent many many hours volunteering with him. I hope those wonderful memories bring you great comfort. He will surely be missed by all of his family at the Stampede. condolences to you and the family luv and hugs Marnie

Condolence from Heather and Jan Rasmusssen on June 16th, 2012 9:57 AM

To you Mike and your family,
We remember the fun times we had with your dad on the many events we attended with the promotion committee over the years. May you find comfort in all the good memories you have of Ray throught this difficult time.
Love lives on forever in the heart.
Heather and Jan Rasmussen

Condolence from John Kennedy on June 16th, 2012 11:29 AM

So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I have many fond memories of time spent with him on the Promotion Committee.

Condolence from Beverley Cavanagh on June 16th, 2012 2:00 PM

Dear Joyce and Family ,

I was saddened to hear of Rays passing. I remembered him fondly. He would always make my day when ever he came into see me at Dr Metherell’s office. I was his nurse there for a very long time. You are in my prayers and will try and be there when you all remember his life .

Kindest regards
Bev

Condolence from Lee & Liz Thompson on June 16th, 2012 2:04 PM

I worked with Ray on both the Promotion and Parade Committees. He was always reliable, dedicated and of good cheer.
Ray was an exemplary volunteer and Canadain, a good friend and a good person. Our sincere condolances to all the family.
Lee S. Thompson
Honorary Life Director
Calgary Exhibition & Stampede

Condolence from Dan May on June 16th, 2012 3:57 PM

Mike and family, please accept my condolences on your dads passing. I have had the privilege of knowing your dad for a lot of years through our mutual involvement on the Promotion Committee. What an absolute gentleman. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan May

Condolence from Tony Watfa on June 16th, 2012 10:59 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Verna Harrow on June 17th, 2012 9:07 AM

To Mike and family,
I worked with your dad at Channel 2 and also involved in the Promotion Committee with him. I always had a good laugh when I was around your dad. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Don & Judy Eaglesham on June 17th, 2012 9:32 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Ray during his entire career at CHCT-TV Channel 2 in Calgary. He was a good friend and a great person to work with and to be around. Our sincere condolences go out to Joyce and his entire family and we look forward to attending his “Celebration of Life” if at all possible.

Condolence from stan carver on June 18th, 2012 8:45 PM

Mrs.Biggelaar and family.
I had the pleasure of knowing Ray and sharing many conversations with him over the years on the promotion committee.
Please accept our condolence.
sincerly
Stan & Sietske Carver

Condolence from John & Doris Campbell on June 25th, 2012 2:18 PM

Mike. I just wanted to say how sorry Doris and I were to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a great guy, and he and I had some fun times at events and meetings. Our thoughts are with you and the family. Let me know when the memorial service is to be. I would like to try and attend.

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