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RAYMOND GIESBRECHT (RAY)
Born: Feb 05, 1945
Date of Passing: Sep 10, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
He's survived by Janis; his children, Karla (Richard), Craig (Laura), and Kevin (Pam); grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Kaleb), Joshua, Taya, Frankie, Lola and Marek; his brothers, Alvin (Carole) and Bob (Doreen); brothers-in-law, Bob (Morag) and Gary (Lynne); and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, Abraham and Mary; siblings, Sue, Ann, Verna, Edna, Elsie, Doreen, Arthur and Jake; and his in-laws, Alf and Peggy.
Ray was born in Morden on February 5, 1945. As a teen, he worked summers doing carpentry with his father, learning the skills he used in future years to make beautiful pieces for his family. At 16, his Dad gave him $20 and told him "go to the city and find a job". He did, working 34 years at CN Rail while spending his evenings obtaining his high school diploma, and later, his BA at the University of Winnipeg.
He retired at 50 and travelled with Janis to Palm Springs, where they spent many winters and eventually bought a home. He entertained many family and friends there, sometimes donning his Elvis outfit to sing "Return to Sender". In recent years, Ray and Jan discovered a new winter paradise in Maui, but in the summer, his heaven was happy hour at his Grand Beach cottage.
An avid golfer, Ray spent many years on the greens at Rossmere Country Club, proudly recording 79 as his lowest score. Golf trips to Torrey Pines with his buddy Don, and to Hilton Head with his sons, were highlights.
Throughout his life, he was devoted to family, coaching his kids' softball teams, golfing with his sons and grandsons, and attending countless swim meets, hockey games, dance recitals and school events. He never missed a chance to celebrate his family, and could not have been a better husband, Dad and Grampa. He was our hero, and someone we all looked up to no matter how tall we grew.
The family would like to thank everyone who reached out during his illness to tell Ray what he meant to you and how he impacted your lives. As he told his wife, "I never knew people thought so much of me," and these conversations gave him great comfort.
Special thank you to Mia and Alisha at CancerCare and Kya at Palliative Care and his angels at treatment.
Flowers are gratefully declined, but donations may be made to Canadian Addison's Disease Research, Treasurer, 2 Palace Arch Dr., Etobicoke, ON M9A 2S1 or www.canadahelps.org (search Addison's Disease), or to the Moods Disorders Association of Manitoba, 4 Fort St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 1C4.
At Ray's request, there will be a private graveside service for family.
"It's not what you gain in life,
it's what you give."
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 14, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Sending my deepest condolences to Janis and the rest of the family. I will always remember Ray, Karla's Dad, as a friendly, gentle soul with a twinkle in his eye and a nice smelling pipe between his teeth or a warm grin and a joke or two. His passing is a great loss; but at the same time, I am sure all who knew him gained much in the way of love, friendship, and companionship -- may it carry you through this time of grieving. 🙏💖 - Posted by: Tracey Craigon (Friend of Karla ) on: Sep 22, 2021
Janis, Karla and family, Ray will be missed by us all. I really enjoyed spending time with him during his visits to Ottawa. We loved hearing about his life adventures and his love of traveling. I trusted his advice and was inspired by his strong, peaceful presence. I know how much he will be missed very much by you all. XXXXOOO Meghan, Pedro, Hannah & Corina - Posted by: Meghan Maack (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2021
Dear Janis. We are remembering the many fun times we had with Ray and yourself and send you and your family our sincere condolences. We know he was a wonderful husband and father and are sorry for your loss. May happy memories keep him always close to you. - Posted by: Ellie and Doug Loos (Friend ) on: Sep 19, 2021
To a great Palm Springs friend, we did enjoy life in our winter homes. Will always remember singing "background" to your Elvis! Rest easy. Bev - Posted by: BEVERLY CONZEVOY (Friend) on: Sep 18, 2021
Sending you our love. Our prayers will be with you. - Posted by: Sheila Hilton Babineau (Niece ) on: Sep 16, 2021
Janis and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I’d only met Ray a few times when he and Janis helped us set up the box stores and spoke with him on the phone when he called for Kevin at the office, but he was always kind and I liked him very much. I know the days, weeks and months ahead will be a roller coaster of emotions. Just know that it will settle. Keeping you all in my thoughts and sending you love, strength and warm hugs. Rest easy Ray ❤️ - Posted by: Karen Duke (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2021
Our condolences to Janis & Family. Ray will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Don & Karen Hilton (Friend) on: Sep 14, 2021
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