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Tole, Raymond Earl

Born: Mar 05, 1930

Date of Passing: Aug 01, 2021

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TOLE: Raymond Earl Tole passed away peacefully on August 1, 2021, at Hillcrest Place Personal Care Home in Brandon, MB. Left to remember him with hearts full of love are his wife and best friend Patricia; daughters, Janice (Mark) and Sandi (Mark); grandchildren, Nicole (John) and David (Becca); four great grandchildren, Alyssa, John Jasper, Cassidy and Tristan; sister-in-law, Marilyn; brother-in-law, Laurie (Lois), and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Merle; sister, Lenore (Russell); brother, Mervin (Elva); one niece and one nephew. Ray was born on March 5, 1930 on the family farm near Crystal City, the youngest of four. He was educated first in a one room school house, where he enjoyed music, playing cornet and baritone in the school band. He also played guitar, accordion, and sang with a rich bass voice. He spent happy summers with cousins, moving around as a group between their various homes to spend time together. Hockey games were a part of Ray's school years and continued into his early adult life. He enjoyed baseball, golfing, and was an avid curler. He created a local baseball team especially for the boy who was to become his brother-in-law. He started his career in the Royal Bank as a junior clerk at the age of 19. He took courses from universities in BC and Ontario, was the youngest bank manager in his division, and held the position of Western Regional Inspector, based in Winnipeg. Ray retired in 1987 as manager at the Van Horne branch in Brandon. The nature of the job meant transferring all over southern Manitoba, and as a result Ray made many good friends over the years. He always had an active role in community organizations, and his head for numbers was often called upon. Ray and Pat met while he was working in the bank in Birtle. A look across the room was the beginning of 63 happy years of marriage. Daughters Janice and Sandi were born while in Rapid City. He loved helping on Pat's family farm and together they continued their love of music and dancing. Ray loved the outdoors, cooking over an open fire, gardening, making wine, genealogy, and crafting woodworking treasures. Month-long summer holidays in the trailer were spent driving across the continent with family, pets, a fishing rod, and often with a canoe strapped to the roof. In later life, Pat and Ray continued to travel extensively, including a trip to Alaska with their 5th wheel, visits to the Ireland of Ray's ancestry and the Yorkshire of Pat's, and a journey around Europe. A gentle and kind man with an infectious smile, he loved his family and shared his friendly and heart-warming energy wherever he went. A graveside service will take place at St. James Church, Solsgirth, MB, on Monday, August 9, 2021.

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As published in Brandon Sun on Aug 07, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • We are sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our sincerely condolences to you Pat & your family. We have missed not seeing you & Ray at Seech Lake. May memories of your life together be a comfort to you Pat at this difficult time. Hank & Val - Posted by: Hank & Val Goertzen (Friends) on: Aug 30, 2021

  • Our condolences to you Pat and family. I am sure Ray will be greatly missed. I worked with Ray in 1964-65 in Rapid City, then crossed paths again early 80s at Van Horne Branch. Fond memories. - Posted by: Skip and Dianne Wolstenholme (Friend) on: Aug 14, 2021

  • Our thoughts are with you at this sad time Pat and family. We have fond memories of you and Ray at bank social events and with Ray at Shilo curling weekend and also Clear L. golfing. Ray was always competitive and a good sport. May the memories of the happy times you shared be a comfort to you all. Sincerely Norm & Annette Jelfs - Posted by: Norm & Annette Jelfs (Friends) on: Aug 11, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Ray's passing. I started in the Royal Bank in Rapid City with Ray as my boss in 1963 right out of high school. So easy to work for and a great easy going personality. I even looked after the two girls when Ray & Pat wanted a night out. He lived to be quite an age so I'm sure the family was very lucky to have him in their lives for so many years. I'm sure he will be missed by the family and his many friends. Beverly Esplin ( Blake ) - Posted by: Beverly Esplin (Friend) on: Aug 10, 2021

  • We were sorry to hear of Ray's passing. It's hard to believe he was 91 but time does fly. He had a good and active life and will be missed by many, Our sincere condolences go out to Pat and all the families. Ron & Myrna - Posted by: Ron & Myrna Tole (cousins) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • A person who took his career very seriously. Was also a pleasure to work with 1963-64. I had lost contact over the years so do regret not pursuing that more aggressively. So to Pat, Janice and Sandra I believe it was back then. My sincere condolences. - Posted by: Doug Bell (Fellow Banker) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We always enjoyed being with him at family events. We would always end up talking genealogy and family roots. Wayne - Posted by: Susan and Wayne Tole and Robert (Bob) Tole (Cousin) on: Aug 08, 2021

  • I worked with Ray 50 years ago in Shoal Lake. Like myself there were several bankers with young families transferred into Shoal Lake and Ray and Pat were great hosts at their home on many occasions. I’m so pleased to see a great guy like Ray make a big drain on the RBC pension plan; 34 years collecting that monthly “not for work” pay check was a great reward. - Posted by: Bob Stewart (RBC coworker) on: Aug 07, 2021

  • So very sorry to hear of Uncle Raymond passing. My deepest condolences to you and the rest of the family. Love Wandis - Posted by: Wandis Day (Niece (in law)) on: Aug 07, 2021

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