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Born: Jun 23, 1926

Date of Passing: Jul 21, 2020

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Raymond Henry Magel of White Rock, British Columbia (formerly of Winnipeg), passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with family and friends by his side. He was 94 years old.
Dad was born in Winnipeg on June 23, 1926 to Gottfried and Rose Magel. He was five years old when his father died. Dad left school after Grade 9 to support his family by working for the Canadian National Railway. During this time he attended night school and obtained his Grade 12. He then went on to become a teacher for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division. Dad spent several summers earning his bachelor degrees and later obtained his Masters degree. He became a vice principal and at one point was also principal of the St. James evening school program.
Ray married his childhood sweetheart from down the block, Edna Pfeifer, on July 3, 1948 and they remained together until her passing in 1981. He then retired and moved to the Vancouver area to be with his family.
Dad was a loving father to his children and their spouses and was indeed a father figure to many. He loved woodworking and created meticulously designed tables and sculptures. He loved to ply people with gifts and treats - especially his caregivers. He could be a shameless flirt, had a sometimes shocking sense of humour, and maintained a positive outlook. One of his favourite mottos was:

"As you ramble on through life, brother, whatever be your goal,
keep your eye upon the doughnut,
and not upon the hole."

Ray will be deeply missed by his children, Terry (Deena), Karen (Don), and Jamie (Demetry); his dear brother Ron (Chris); grandchildren, Tyrell (Megan), Tianna, Conlan, Taylor, Benny, Adam, and Zayne; his great-grandchildren, Chloe and Ella; his many wonderful nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Harley.
Ray was predeceased by his adored wife Edna; parents, Rose and Gottfried Magel, stepfather William Magel; sister Florence (John) Judt; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Alf) Sander and Arlene (Mack) Nichol; and brother-in-law Ray Kaisler.
At Ray's request, there will be no memorial service. Our special thanks to all the nurses and caregivers at Evergreen Community and White Rock Seniors Village for all their kindness and dedication.

We love you Dad. Thanks for all you have done to make our lives better.
Your legacy lives on.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My sincere condolences go out to Terry, Karen and Jamie and their families. Ray was a lovely man. I've known him most of my life because of my lifelong friendship with Karen. I was fortunate to be included in many family events, including going with the family to Bemidji during his summer education days. It was wonderful to see him again once he retired in Vancouver. He will certainly be missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Diane Oystreck (Friend) on: Aug 20, 2020

  • Our Dear Uncle Ray... you will be missed. I've been fortunate enough to spend some time with you over the years. You never lost your sharp wit, wonderful sense of humour and that beautiful smile. I'm so happy that you have reunited with our dearly loved Aunt Edna, who we have missed so much over the years. Love and deep condolences to Terry, Karen, Jamie and their families. May your memories hold strong. - Posted by: Susan Borkowsky (Niece) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Please accept my sincerest condolences on Raymond's passing. I remember him as Mr. Magel, our grade 7 metal shops teacher at Assiniboine school in 1965. I still remember his calm demeanor and patience teaching a bunch of us kids to solder a tin box together. He would say, "don't forget to use the sal ammoniac flux". I don't remember many teachers from back then but he is one. - Posted by: dave carpick (student) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • I want to offer my condolences to Terry, Deena, their family, Karen, Don, their family, Jamie, Demetry and their family. I was so very honored when Uncle Ray shared in giving the toast to the bride at my wedding! It meant the world to me! Even though I wasn't able to see him that much after he moved to BC he was and always will be in my heart! I am so happy that Uncle Ray was in my life and he always will be in my life through memories. Love you all Donna (Niece). - Posted by: Donna (Niece) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • Mr Magel was our great Shops teacher at Assiniboine School. Mr. Magel was our shops teacher and we learned a lot from him on both metal and wood shops. He was kind and caring. He made sure we always cleaned up at the end of class too. I still have my Charlie Brown copper tooling we did and my pig cutting board. Rest In Peace Mr Magel. You made a difference to hundreds of lives in your classes. - Posted by: Greg Braun (Student from Assiniboine School) on: Aug 09, 2020

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