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With profound sadness we announce the passing of Raymond Dennis Houde on January 26, 2022 at the age of 87 years. He was a special man with a strong, kind soul who cared for the people around him and never spoke ill of others.
Left to cherish his memory is his second wife Sharon, son Kim (Sandra), daughter Lynn (Andrew); stepchildren, Boyd (Ginette) Lischenski, and Rae (Rémi) Gagnon. Raymond will be sadly missed by his grandchildren, Shawn (Jessica), Ami, Alex, Erica and Jonah. Raymond was predeceased by his first wife of 40 years, Doreen Ricky (Keilback); and siblings, John, Ron, and Teresa.
Raymond had a passion for motorcycles and won many trophies for his achievements in ice racing and hill climbing. He was a lifetime member of the Manitoba Motorcycle Association as well as the Antique Motorcycle Association. He enjoyed a long career of 60 years with Princess Auto where his commitment and loyalty were memorialized with a star located on the floor at the Panet Road store.
Special thanks to the team at Golden Links Lodge for their compassion and care.
In keeping with Raymond's wishes, cremation has taken place and no formal service will be held.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 05, 2022
Condolences & Memories (14 entries)
RAY who was a friend of many years rode my Harley Davidson in the procession at my wedding June 11 1977 and then took it home to keep it safe while I was in my honeymoon. I remember that he was very proud of his 1965 pinhead which was the last year that Harley built them. I shall miss visiting with him when I travel back to Winnipeg. - Posted by: David Townsend (Friend ) on: Mar 19, 2022
We met your family in the Brereton Lake camp ground. Ray took my wife for a ride on her first and only bike ride. We had a lot of good memories. So sorry to hear of your das passing. - Posted by: WILLIAM FRANCIS JAMES HUMPHREYS (Friend) on: Mar 17, 2022
I first met Ray two or three years ago at Princess Auto on Panet Road when I came in as a customer. Ray greeted me with a big smile and we began a conversation. He told me how long he had worked at Princess Auto as an employee and that he had outlived the the owners. He was so proud of the star embedded on the floor. We had a great conversation and during that time he mentioned that he had sold his Harley Davidson and purchased a three wheeler Harley Davidson cause it was easier to balance now at his age. I too am a senior ( 20 years younger than Ray) that owns a motorcycle but that man was an inspiration to me about how to enjoy and embrace life and all its blessings. I only saw Ray occasionally after that initial meeting and I never fail to remember our first meeting. I have no doubt that Ray has made a positive impact on so many lives over the years and I have no doubt he will continue to do so “ in the great beyond”. My condolences to the family. You were so fortunate to have had Such a positive and great man in your lives - Posted by: Norman Carter (Customer at Princess Auto) on: Mar 11, 2022
Sorry to hear about Raymond. I've never met him but I just read about him in the Princess Auto flyer. Sounds like he lived a full and rewarding life. A life well lived. - Posted by: ronald turnbull (Fellow Princess Auto lover) on: Mar 09, 2022
Claire and I knew Ray for many years. He was a great person and always smiled. Condolences to all the family in your loss. - Posted by: William Steliga (Fellow motorcycle enthusiast.) on: Feb 07, 2022
We were so sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. We always enjoyed his company whenever we met including one surprise meeting around a condo pool in Daytona . Sincere sympathy to all the family . May he Rest In Peace! - Posted by: Joe and Pat Lesko (Relative) on: Feb 07, 2022
Dear Kim and famliy, please accept our deepest condolences on the passing of your Father, Grandfather, Uncle and friend, I know how tight you were with him and I know he will be missed by all. Your friends, Gerry and Elaine Bentley - Posted by: Gerald Bentley (Friend) on: Feb 07, 2022
Being one of a group of steady customers at Princess Auto, my eyes always sparkled when I saw Ray was there. If he couldn't find something for you, nobody could! I wish all businesses would hire friendly, helpful people like Ray. It's not age, it's a good attitude, and Ray had that in spades! - Posted by: Gerry Thornhill (Princess Auto Customer) on: Feb 06, 2022
Our condolences to all the family - Posted by: Zedril Family (MX Friends) on: Feb 06, 2022
If it wasn't for the courage of Raymond in saving my mother's life in 1951, Marcelle Loiselle Genest Marcoux, none of my family members would've existed. Raymond has been, and will forever be our hero. My sincerest condolences to Sharon, and his entire family. God bless you. Rip - Posted by: Daniel Lucien Marcoux (Family hero.) on: Feb 05, 2022
When I would go to the old store which had less shelves, Ray would say Sobering you lost? What can I help you with? we would laugh and find the part. God needed some one to define if a James MC //an Indian which was better than a Hog so he called the expert. Hope you travel safe wearing that old leather - Posted by: DON sobering (friend) on: Feb 05, 2022
My deepest sympathy to Sharon and family. Ray was a wonderful man, truly unique! He will be missed. - Posted by: Janice Nikkel (Co-worker) on: Feb 05, 2022
Ray convinced me to join the MMC when he was clubhouse manager. To say he loved motorcycles would be an understatement. However, Ray's family came first in his life. I have fond memories of Ray and Miss Piggy. Enjoy your ride in heaven. - Posted by: John Evan (friend and club member) on: Feb 05, 2022
My condolences to you and your family. Raymond was a good friend who I really enjoyed meeting with at Princess Auto and talking about tools and mainly motorcycles. Ray was a very pleasant man and who will be surely missed. God Bless, Lawrence and Monique Danylchuk - Posted by: Lawrence Danylchuk (Friend) on: Feb 05, 2022
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