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LAMOUREUX, Raymond – Updated Service Info

December 6, 1941 — January 16, 2024

A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on SATURDAY, JUNE 22, 2024, at 1:00 PM, at the MILNER CHAPEL & HALL, at 6716-216 Street, Langley, BC. Please bring your fondest memories to share and/or photos. There will be light snacks and beverages served after the service.

It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that our family announces the sudden and unexpected passing of Ray Lamoureux on January 16, 2024, at his home in West Kelowna, BC.

Ray leaves behind to mourn his loss, his loving wife Judy whom he was married to for almost 60 years; daughter Jodi Kvist (Craig Thompson); granddaughter Brynn Kvist (Colton Hoffmann) of Kelowna; brother Walter Lamoureux (Hyunmi) of Calgary; sister Agnes Dilworth of Langley; and numerous nieces & nephews. Ray also leaves behind many close friends on both the Lower Mainland and in the Okanagan that he had the pleasure of knowing during his lifetime. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Cecile, Marie, Laurette, and Ann; and brother Jim.

Born 82 years ago in New Westminster, BC to Claira and Eugene Lamoureux, Ray was the only boy among 5 sisters until his adopted brothers came along. He grew up in Queensborough and Surrey, where he met the love of his life when he was 18 years old, at a car wash. Ray and Judy married in July 1964 and after working at a sawmill, Ray became an automotive mechanic where his first job was working at Scott Town Shell in 1965-1977. During that time they welcomed their daughter Jodi, and in 1977 they moved to Kelowna, where Ray worked at Don Folk Chev Olds. Later that year, they moved back to Langley and Ray opened Cloverdale Shell Gas Station. Ray and Judy were inseparable, working together at the station they owned from 1977-1992. After it closed, Ray decided to retire for a year which gave him more time for hunting, camping, boating, fishing, and gardening which were a few of his passions. Retirement did not last long though, so in 1993, Ray and Judy moved for 3 years to Kelowna and opened Capri Petro Can (on Harvey) and Glenmore Neighbours Petro Can. In 2000, he became a proud Papa, as he was affectionately known, and after selling their Langley home in fall 2001, they moved back permanently to Kelowna so they could be closer to their family. The word retire was however not yet in the plans. Ray and Judy settled into living in West Kelowna, and over the following years Ray worked at Buckerfields; was the Parts Manager at Canadian Tire in Westbank when it first opened; and he volunteered with Lifeline and the Westbank Food Bank just to keep himself busy. During semi-retirement, he tried his hand at cabinet making and worked at Okanagan Cabinets whenever he was needed. Ray was a jack of all trades and could not say no to anyone or to any kind of work. He finally, officially retired at the end of 2019.

Ray was not only a wonderful husband, dad, and papa but also a terrific friend and neighbour. He was truly a people person, as he loved chatting to anyone he came across. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who asked or needed him. He loved fishing in the summer, his flowers, yard work, gardening, and tinkering in his shop. His family always teased him that he had the best soil around, as his vegetables were always the biggest and best that you could find. He loved his little buddy “Miss Abby” with whom he is now reunited. Ray and Judy also loved to travel, and he was fortunate to have been on several cruises, visited Costa Rica several times, Vegas, and a memorable trip to Seoul and Hong Kong among other places. Ray loved visiting new destinations. He was never one to say that he could not do something, as he always knew how to fix things and, he could do just about everything. He is going to be missed by everyone that knew him, especially all his friends and his family.

 Condolences, photos, or memories are welcome and may be sent to the family at flygirl7@rocketmail.com

“No Farewell Words Were Spoken, No Time to say Goodbye. You Were Gone Before We Knew it, And Only God Knows Why.”

“Daddies Don’t Just Love Their Children Every Now and Then, It’s a Love Without End Amen”-George Strait

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