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Born: May 29, 1930

Date of Passing: Jan 20, 2013

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RAYMOND DAVID HADDAD May 29, 1930 - January 20, 2013 After a short illness, Ray passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Health Sciences Centre. Ray is survived by his much-adored wife of 57 years Betty, his four daughters, Betty-Anne Harvey (Denis), Diana Belaire (Stephen), Sandy Schumann (Michael), and Joyce (Steve), and his siblings Ronald, Fran, and Rodney. His grandchildren Chris (Sylvie), Jennifer (Sean), Nadine, Shane (Lindsey), Daniel, Kieran, Aleksander, Nicholas, Sarah, and his great-grandchildren Jessica and Emeline will miss him. Ray was predeceased by his parents, Anne and Edward, and siblings Irene, Edward Jr. (Sonny), Randy, and Dennis. Undoubtedly he will join them with a joke and a smile. Ray was a gentleman who loved his family. His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were dear to him. He enjoyed smiles and laughter, telling tales, and spending time with friends and family. There are many people who will remember Ray's jests. He volunteered at the Folklorama Lebanon Pavilion for many years, serving as Pavilion Mayor in the early 1980s. Until health issues sidelined him in the last couple years, Ray tended his beloved garden in East Selkirk. Ray attended Daniel McIntyre High School. As a welterweight amateur boxer, "Rapid" Ray fought out of Gord Mackie's Madison Boxing Club and gained a reputation as a classy fighter. He joined the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in the early 1950s and was stationed in the Port of Churchill and Winnipeg. In 1954 Ray joined The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (reserve). He left in 1969, proudly wearing sergeant stripes on his sleeve. He remained active for many years in the Cameron Association. Ray worked at the Patriotic Salvage Corps, the CNR, and drove for Midwest Storage/Seaway-Midwest/Livingston. Ray was also involved in the Grand Orange Lodge and many years of league bowling at the St. James and Academy lanes. Services will be held on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Glen Eden, 4477 Main St., Winnipeg. Thank you to the extraordinarily kind doctors, nurses, and support staff at the Health Sciences Centre. You made a difficult time bearable. Bless you all. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Health Sciences Centre or the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 23, 2013

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Ray was the best of the best, he was the best Father in Law someone could ask for, his jokes and wisdom were always present. He was kind and thoughtful. He was always a hard working individual that lived life to the fullest but cared for his family more than life itself. I have fond memories of him and I sparring in the front yard. He will be missed by me but I will always have those memories of the jokester, friend and wise man. R.I.P. Rapid Ray. - Posted by: Kevin Davis (Son in Law (ex)) on: Jul 30, 2015

  • Ray was the funniest and most gentle man I knew.. I was babysat by Betty and Ray for 5 years, until I was 8. I have so many memories still.I love them both so much, and they were in my thoughts all the time, over the years :) Ray was my friend.. We use to sit in the living room, early 5am until school time, we would sit there and watch the news and cartoons together, eating buttered crackers together, which I still do til this very day!!! Only person who ever made me laugh harder then anyone else!! I will miss his wit and charm <3 .. See you at the gates uncle Ray.. your with Jesus now, he will take care of his son. R.I.P Uncle Ray, you will be forever missed. If It wasn't for their daughter Diana, my Aunt <3 I wouldn't have had the chance to meet these amazing people that I grew to love and cerise. I love you Ray and Betty so much. - Posted by: Amanda (Auntie Betty and Uncle Ray, took care of me for 5 years .. Went to school at John M. King down their) on: Jan 27, 2013

  • we will miss him - Posted by: cyril keeper and lynne (neighbour ) on: Jan 26, 2013

  • My heart and prayers go out to the family❤ he was a very kind and loving man and a great father to Diana. - Posted by: Candace (Diana's best friend) on: Jan 24, 2013

  • Paulette and I would like to express to you Betty and your family and extended family our deepest sympathies. Ray's jokes always brought a smile to your face. We will always remember his salute and we salute him now. - Posted by: Linda Schnerch & Paulette Desaulniers (former bowling friends) on: Jan 24, 2013

  • He was like a grandpa to me (since mine live so far away). He was right next door to my dear friend's house and he was usually in the yard with his dog cracking some joke. He will be missed. My warm wishes are with the family. - Posted by: Alexandria (Friend of granddaughter) on: Jan 23, 2013

  • We send our condolences - Posted by: Wendy and son Randy (Sister in law and Nephew) on: Jan 23, 2013

  • Rod, my condolences to you and the rest of your family - Posted by: Barry craig (Rodney's friend) on: Jan 23, 2013

  • I met Sugar Ray the first time when I was an arrogant young 18 year old. He struck me immediately as a wonderful man. Many years later I came home and thankfully got to spend time with Ray and Betty. He made me laugh with his stories, he made me blush with his flirting, but more than that he brought me to the realization that all men are not like him. It is only a few that are that classy and that much of a gentleman. The love that shone in his eyes when he gazed upon his lovely wife, Betty is something every woman hopes to have. Extraordinary man, extraordinary gentleman. - Posted by: Kelly Geltmeier (Friend of Sandy and Michael) on: Jan 23, 2013

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