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Date of Passing: Apr 17, 2005

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RAY WALLACE BURNSIDE With great sadness, we announce the sudden passing of our husband, father and grandfather, Ray Burnside, on Sunday, April 17, 2005 at the home he loved in Lac du Bonnet. Cherishing his memory are his loving wife, Margaret; his daughters, Linda, Cathey and husband Jerry Gornik, Chris and husband Jim Adolfson and Laurie; his grandchildren, Nicole and Megan Gornik, Shawna and Kyle Adolfson; his sister Vivian and husband Joe Nespor (Harley, Ralph, and Cindy); and sister-in-law Joyce and husband Gary McPhail (Glen and Donald). The Lac du Bonnet area has always been home for Ray in some fashion throughout his life. Born in 1938 to John and Annie Burnside, he spent his early years there before moving to Winnipeg with his family to attend school, although his parents always maintained a summer home in Lac du Bonnet. In June 1961, Ray and Margaret were married and the following September, he began his 32 year career as a teacher in the Winnipeg 1 School Division, teaching at a number of elementary schools and later in his career, in vocational programs for high school students. After his retirement in 1993, he, Margaret and Laurie moved to the home he built in Lac du Bonnet on the site of the family summer home. Ray had many hobbies, interest and talents, such as woodworking (including marketing his own design of lawn furniture) and growing orchids. However, his main priority was doing things with and for his family, friends and community. He was a dedicated volunteer with Special Olympics for over 20 years, including supporting his daughter Laurie in her sport of swimming. Services will be held on Saturday, April 23 at 2:30 p.m. at St. John's Anglican Church, 86 MacArthur Ave. in Lac du Bonnet with a reception to follow at the Pioneer Club, 32 Park Ave. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations can be made to Special Olympics Manitoba, 4th Floor-200 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4M2 or the Association for Community Living (Beausejour Branch). SOBERING FUNERAL CHAPEL CREMATORIUM, Beausejour 268-3510 or MB Toll Free 1-877-776-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 21, 2005

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Dear Margaret and Lori: We are so very sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss his presence every Monday. If there is anything we can do to ease your pain, please do not hesitate to ask. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Wendy Cory Collin & Kira Caughlin (Friend) on: May 02, 2005

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Harry and Marilyn Nickel & Family (Family) on: May 02, 2005

  • I was very saddened & shocked by the loss of Ray he was truly a terrific guy, Husband, Dad & Friend. My deepest sympathy & thoughts are with you at this time. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend the funeral, please understand as I have an engagement that requires my presence. Love & Prayers always, Judy - Posted by: Judy Cannon (cousin) (Family) on: Apr 22, 2005

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