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RAYMOND ALEXANDER KURAN It is with deep sorrow that the Kuran family announces the passing of Ray - husband, father, grandfather and friend. Ray was born in the Balmoral district and attended schools in Balmoral, Stonewall, the Teachers Normal School, the Universities of Manitoba and North Dakota. Ray as the first full-time Physical Education teacher within the East Kildonan School Division and ended his 33 year teaching career as Vice-Principal at Munroe Junior High. On his retirement he said, "I think Ive taught and coached, one way or another, just about everything that was invented and Im sure some of the inventors would have shaken their heads in bewilderment. But the kids were keen and talented and fun to be with." He took winter sports from the school to Bronx Park Community Club and Elmwood Curling Club. Ray was Director of Camp Manitou on the Assiniboine for ten years, and Chairman of the City of East Kildonan Parks Board when the Raleigh and Centennial Parks were developed. He was a member of the Elmwood Mens Curling Club for many years. On his retirement he joined the Sixty Plus Curling League at Rossmere where he was instrumental in starting the Sixty Plus Masters League, and in 1988 started the Friday night mixed curling at Elmwood. During the summer when not at his cottage at Grausdin Point Ray played senior slo pitch softball, and was one of the early Presidents of the Flashbacks Senior Slo-Pitch Club. For five years he was the Director of the Qualifying Tournament for the Worlds Senior Slo Pitch Tournament. Meanwhile, co-chairing the committee to bring the Worlds Senior Slo Pitch Tournament to Winnipeg, and will be there in spirit when over 200 teams take to the baseball fields in August 2000. Ray is fondly remembered by his wife of 44 years, Una; son Dale (Diane) in Ottawa; and his grandchildren Sarah and Steven; his brothers Vic (Isobel) in Vancouver, Lionel (Bea), Robert (Jean) and sister Mary, all of Winnipeg. He will be missed by his nieces and nephews and his many friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital, particularly the Palliative Care Unit for their compassion and dedication. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main St., on Thursday, January 13 at 1:30 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will follow in the Glen Eden Reception Centre. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Cancer Care Manitoba (Research), 100 Olivia St., Winnipeg, MB R3E 9Z9. Arrangements entrusted to: GLEN EDEN FUNERAL HOME 4477 MAIN STREET 338-7111
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2000
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