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Date of Passing: May 04, 2022

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Ray passed from his world on May 4, 2022, just days before his 78th birthday.
He was an essentially gentle soul, a practising Bhuddist who once said he had been preparing his whole life for his death. Ray's early years sensitized him to death at a very young age. He was five years old when his sister died, 16 when his father died, and 32 when his last remaining sibling died tragically. Always a spiritual seeker, Ray completed degrees in Theology, as well as Anthropology. He even entered seminary life until he recognized that celibacy was not for him. Ray eventually found the scaffolding he was looking for in the teachings and practice of Tibetan Buddhism; a tradition that proved to be a perfect fit for his essential character
After working in the field for a few years, Ray completed a Masters of Social Work. His passion was working with families, and he spent decades working for Child and Family Services. He was intrigued by, and committed to, the potential and promise of the people the agency served. Ray was a treasured teacher to those he supervised, and colleagues sometimes wondered what he put in his coffee to fuel his ever present enthusiasm for the work.
Despite his quiet nature, Ray was extremely funny. He appreciated and shared a dry wit, as well as a love of all things goofy and slap stick. His own enjoyment of some of his Dad jokes was infectious, causing others to join in....despite their more discerning tastes.
There was never a more patient and loving father than Ray. He was committed to his children Emily and Calin, and a loving bonus dad to stepdaughter Andrea. Ray married twice: first to Liz Adkins, and later to Elizabeth Payne. Ray put up with ten years of dating before Elizabeth agreed to a formal merger. Opposites in many ways, Ray brought a softness and emotional home to Elizabeth's life that changed her for the good.
Ray had to adapt to many losses over the last number of years, including impaired vision, decreased mobility, chronic pain, and most recently, a diagnosis of advanced cancer. Through all of it, he barely registered a complaint; his gentle and open spirit lighting the way for his family and those who cared for him.
Ray is survived by his partner Elizabeth Payne; children, Calin Adkins-Taylor, and Emily Adkins-Taylor (Rob Fletcher); star grandsons, Henry and George; bonus daughter Andrea del Campo (Philip Mikulec); and his former partner Liz Adkins. Not to be left out (of anything) are Ray's canine kids, Marj and Doris.
Ray and Elizabeth are so grateful for the bounty of generosity and kindness offered to them by friends and colleagues. The reality that goodwill begets goodwill never disappoints.
A gathering will be held at a later date to share remembrances, and to celebrate Ray.
If you would like to share a message or a remembrance of Ray with his family please visit his tribute page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Ray Taylor is my earliest friend who kept crossing my own life journey. Bob and Bill Burns moved to St. James and joined Ray and his old brother Ken at St Anne parish school in mid-year. Bill and Ray were in the same grade 4, I in grade 5, and Ken in 6 or 7. Bill and Ray were great friends until Bill died in 2003. They were into Sea Cadets. After one year together at the Jesuit St. Paul’s College (high school), the Burns moved back to Calgary [1959] and then to Edmonton to complete our higher education. We drove back to Wpg a number of late Augusts to visit our friends and to St. Lazare with some of the Wpg crowd to see “good old Fr. Regnier” (who was like 30 when we first met him: we were young teenagers!). I returned to Wpg in 1967 to 1972. Ray’s mother Rose and her two boys moved into Silver Heights and became acquainted with a new parish, Fr. Regnier, and most of my friends at that church. Ray and I renewed of our friendship. Then I left for Calgary. Ray and Fr. Regnier came to Calgary for one visit and stay us. Bill and I eventually settled in Vancouver [1973]. We did keep in a loose connect over the years, especially Bill. In June 2012, now retired, I ventured to Wpg (after forty years) to see and to say goodbye to old friends. Ray and Elizabeth provide 3 days of hospitality. Ray and I were able to carry on as if we never had missed a day together as we toured the local sites. It was great to meet Elizabeth. I believe that a person’s character is formulated by one’s friends. Ray and I truly shaped one another – I am who I am because of Ray! Ray and I continued a loose contact after that visit. I was fortunate to have an upbeat conversation with Ray on April 16, 2022 in which each renewed our friendship. Our deepest condolences, Elizabeth, other family members, and Ray’s friends! Bob Burns - Posted by: Bob Burns (long term friend) on: May 16, 2022

  • I first met Ray when we were young boys in Winnipeg, joining the altar boy group at St. Paul The Apostle Parish in the late 1950's. We lived in the same area of Silver Heights, and Ray and I both went to the same high school. We had mutual friends and hung out together a lot back then. When I went to university, we kept in touch; and when I got married in 1966, I was honoured to have Ray as my best man. For many years after that, our paths diverged as we focused on our careers and families. Just recently, we connected again, and reminisced about the 'good old days' back in Silver Heights. I indeed remember Ray as a quiet, gentle soul with a good humour and always a smile. - Posted by: Barrie Leach (Long time friend) on: May 15, 2022

  • Our condolences to Elizabeth at this difficult time. We will miss meeting Ray walking his dogs, Marge and Doris. We loved chatting with Ray on these occasions while our dogs had a chance to meet as well. All the best to you, Elizabeth. We hope to see you with your two furry friends once again! Aline, Jewell & Fritz - Posted by: Fritz, Aline, Jewell Zollner (Neighbour) on: May 14, 2022

  • Raymond truly was a gentle soul,although he was quite a bit older than me, I remember him well,I wish my brothers and sister could have met up with him again. Colleen 😊 💖 - Posted by: Colleen Molter (First cousin) on: May 14, 2022

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