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KERRY JAMES RAFFEY
Born: Mar 18, 1957
Date of Passing: Feb 02, 2023Offer Condolences or Memory
KERRY JAMES RAFFEY
We are sad to announce the death of our brother and uncle Kerry James Raffey on February 2, 2023.
He will be fondly remembered by his brothers, Bob and Rick(Sherry), nephews and nieces, Shannon, Brandy (Jeremy), Matt (Emma), Tim (Erin), Carly, Scott (Mellisa) and Nick as well as great-nephews and nieces, Keeley, Emma, Isla, Carter, and Brady.
Kerry was born in Winnipeg on March 18, 1957 and attended Riverview and Churchill High Schools as well as the U of M to get his teaching degree. A lifelong resident of Riverview, Kerry grew up in the family home on Baltimore Road and eventually bought our grandparents house on Maplewood.
Kerry began his teaching career at Sisler High School and then became the marketing teacher at Tec Voc High School. He ran the school store at Tec Voc which he renamed Stingers. He had his students involved in many entrepreneurship projects and practical business experiences. Every year he would form a team of students to plan a business startup. They would then compete with other schools in the International Career Development Conference run by DECA.
Kerry had a great passion for coaching football and he spent many years working with hundreds of young men especially on the defensive side of the ball. He began with the Fort Rouge Packers in the late 70s and went on to make an impact with the Fort Garry Lions and the St. Vital Mustangs. He was also active in high school football with the Sisler Spartans and when he moved to Tec Voc, he became the Defensive Coordinator for the Hornets. During this time as a coach, he was a part of a few provincial championship teams. At one point he was coaching high school after hours and then Junior Football in the evening. Through his contacts with American coaches, he got involved with the annual "Coaches Clowns" parade on the 4th of July in Eveleth, MN.
Kerry also loved his dogs. He had three Bull Mastiffs named Lunker, Bronco and Chopper.
During Christmas and Spring Break Kerry would head to his condo in Belize and a large part of the summer was spent at his cottage on the south end of Lake of the Woods.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date. Notification to follow.
Publish Date: Feb 11, 2023
KERRY JAMES RAFFEY
With great sadness we announce the passing of our brother and uncle Kerry Raffey on February 2, 2023.
Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Feb 7, 2023
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 07, 2023, Feb 11, 2023
Condolences & Memories (4 entries)
I had the pleasure of being one of Mr. Raffeys business students ending in the year 2000. From working in the school store to going on an amazing school business trip called DECA to Orlando Florida. He was the only real teacher I've ever had because he was actually involved in the industry that he was teaching. I'd like to thank him for inspiring me and invoking the entrepreneurial spirit within for which i will be forever grateful and carry on. Thank you Mr.Raffey. P.S. Sorry for giving you a scare when I got lost for 5 hours at Disney World that day! - Posted by: Darcy Gilkes (Former Student) on: Mar 02, 2023
So sorry to hear. I coached house league hockey with Kerry at Riverview Community Club back when we were both 13 years old. He could coach, I just followed behind. Kerry was a local celebrity at Churchill High School after he won a “Volare” in grade 10 or 11. He would cruise around Fisher Park with the windows down. We all liked Kerry and knew he would become a great neighbourhood ambassador… - Posted by: Barny Haines (Childhood friend) on: Feb 17, 2023
My condolences to the family. Mr. Raffey was one of my favorite teachers at Tec Voc. He always had stories for us from Wise Guys or Deca trips. I'd never heard of Guam before him! I had visited a couple times after graduating in 2000 before he left. His sense of humor and kindness will be missed. RIP Mr Raffey. - Posted by: Erin (former student) on: Feb 11, 2023
So sorry for your loss! Condolences to the family! - Posted by: Brenda Adams (Sigurdson) (Past neighbor) on: Feb 09, 2023
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