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VAN SCHAICK, Raymond (Ray)

March 14, 1931 – Grande Prairie, Alberta
May 23, 2018 – High River, Alberta

Major Raymond (Ray) Van Schaick, beloved husband of Elsie, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the age of 87 years.

Born and raised in Grande Prairie, AB, he left as a young man to follow a calling to enter the ministry of The Salvation Army. While studying at the college for Officer’s Training, he met Elsie Birchall of Calgary, whom he married on April 17, 1954. Together, their ministry took them across Canada, from British Columbia to the Maritimes, retiring in 1996 to Southern Alberta. A lifelong member of Lions Club International, he served as a District Governor in 1997-1998.

Besides his loving wife, Ray is survived by five children and their spouses, Wesley and Helen, Richard and Michelle, Howard, Kevin and Danielle, Lynn and Rob as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, together with his sisters and their husbands, Ruth and Dave Wylie and Grace and Don Barnett. He was predeceased by his brother Alf.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Salvation Army, Territorial Headquarters, 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, ON M4H 1P4 Telephone: 1-800-725-2769, www.salvationarmy.ca/donations/ or directly to the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, 152 Wilson Street, Oakville, ON L6K 0G6 Telephone: 1-800-768-3030, www.dogguides.com

In living memory of Ray Van Schaick, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Henry & Judy Jewer :

    Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Fond memories of working with Ray and Elsie in Vancouver. Condolences to all the Family. Cherish your memories.

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  2. Khristina, Pablo and George Reinoso :

    We are so sorry for your loss! Your family has been in our thoughts and prayers at this trying time.

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  3. Lana & children :

    Wes and Helen , our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Someone so special can never be forgotten.
    I wish we would be there for you in this difficult time.

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  4. Kristen Hales :

    Lynn, we are so sorry for the loss of your father. May his memory be a blessing to you and your family. Our hugs, thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Love, Kristen L. Hales & Family xoxo

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  5. Susan Williams :

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all. May you find comfort in your faith in your Savior, our Lord.

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  6. Brenden Parkyn :

    Rest in peace Uncle Ray. You were a great man who wore your heart on your sleeve! Forever in our hearts.

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  7. Elsie,
    May Ray Rest In Peace, his works, care and compassion will not be forgotten

    Sandra Heavens

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  8. Gary & Gwen Murray :

    Gary & I send our condolences & prayers to the family. Ray will be truly missed by many. Rest In Peace Ray
    Gary & Gwen Murray

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  9. George and Brenda Leach :

    Always enjoyed our time with him in Medicine Hat and when they stopped over to visit us in Petawawa, ON. Well done faithful servant

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  10. Major's Roy and Elaine Bridger :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We have fond memories of time spent together over the years. May God’s presence bring you much peace and comfort in these days.

    With Deepest Sympathy.

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  11. Dwayne Van Schaick :

    To Auntie Elsie and family,
    Sorry to hear of Uncle Raymonds passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. Sandra and I are unable to attend the service ,but I’m sure you will have many memories to share as you celebrate his life. Hugs to all !

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  12. Karen Dubois :

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Grace, Ken & Linda, Marlene & Jim, Darrell, Karen & Greg.

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  13. Sandra Habkirk :

    Glen and I have fond memories of Ray especially in our young adult days when our romance was budding. He was always encouraging us in our spiritual walk as well so we give thanks for his life today. Please accept our sincere condolences to the whole family.

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  14. Jean Tiessen :

    I am so sorry for your loss. He had a huge impact on so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during ‘‘tis time.

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  15. Diane ( Van Schaick) and Norman Briscoe :

    We are so sorry to hear about Raymonds passing. I have many happy memories of cousin Raymond, growing up in Grand Prairie. Our thoughts are with you, Elsie and family.

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  16. Maxine (Van Schaick) Hyatt :

    Dear Elsie, we were sad to read about Ray’s passing. He lived a long wonderful life with the Salvation Army and his family. I remember him at the Family Reunion at Bev’s farm. There are so many memories. Please give our love to your family as well asto Ruth & Dave, Grace & Don. We will be thinking of you Saturday. God bless you all.

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