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Date of Passing: Jan 11, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 48 years, Theresa (nee Mulhall), infant son Larry, daughter-in-law Karen (Brant), sister Ellen, and brothers, Leo, Tom and Brian.
Ray is survived by his special loving friend Marianne Schumacher (of 14 years); his children, David (Berthe), Murray, Lynne (David), Brant; grandchildren, Melissa, Barry, Patrick (Melodie), Nigel and Kayla; his two precious great-grandchildren, Oscar and Bebe; and his twin brothers, Bill and Bob.
Ray worked for the Manitoba Government Air Division in The Pas for 40 years, transferred to Winnipeg where he retired in 1984. He was very proud of his work with the Beaver and Otter airplanes and especially CL215 water bombers.
He was an active member of his church and belonged to the Knights of Columbus. Ray's family and faith were the pillars of his life, he was a very loving father and giving man who left lasting memories with his children, building ice rinks in the back yard, coaching minor hockey, and camping vacations during the summer.
Ray enjoyed spending family time at his cottage at Clearwater Lake, which he built, and this is how he became a treehouse expert and campfire popcorn maker. Ray was an ardent Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Jets fan, and went to as many games as he could. He was a fun-loving grandpa and great-grandpa. He could also on occasion be found enjoying the horse races and afternoon scotch ritual with Marianne.
Special thanks to his son David for his caregiving through these last trying months having to negotiate the added burden of a pandemic.
Thanks to the staff at Kiwanis Courts for your kindness and compassion and to the staff at Grace Hospital Hospice, for your care and kindness.
Ray will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.
A gathering of remembrance will take place at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, please send donation to Ride for Dad.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 15, 2021, Jan 16, 2021
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
To all the Fitz Fam, Our thoughts are prayers are with you during this very sad time! Uncle Ray, may you Rest In Peace! You will be missed! Xo Hope you are enjoying a drink with papa Bill! - Posted by: Tom, Fran and family (Nephew) on: Jan 23, 2021
I worked with Ray at Man Govt Air Services in the Pas, Mb. He was the best boss I ever had. He was very helpful, a great mentor, and a friend. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Ron Griffith (Co-worker ) on: Jan 15, 2021
I had the honour to know and work with Ray at Man. Govt. Air Services. He was a great guy and well respected by everyone. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Jim Pusiewich (Co-worker ) on: Jan 15, 2021
I worked with Ray in Winnipeg at Hangar T-5 until his retirement. He was a mentor and I considered him to be a friend. Ray was a nice guy! - Posted by: Tim Salisbury (Co-Worker) on: Jan 15, 2021
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