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MABBETT, Raymond

January 10, 1947 — May 27, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce that Ray Mabbett passed away unexpectedly on May 27, 2023, at the age of 76.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Wendy; brother Bruce (Beverly); children Rayna (Dan), Marie (Joel), and Becca (Jade); and grandchildren, Karley, Jacob, Natalie, Tyler, Emily, and Molly. Sadly, he was joined by his son Mike (Lana), early the following day.

Ray was born in New Westminster, BC, to Bruce and Priscilla Mabbett on January 10, 1947. He grew up with a sense of adventure and passion for life. He was an incredibly hard worker and was the kind of man who would give you the shirt off his back. You may have known him as Ray, X-Ray Ray, Dad, or Grandpa, but he was never Mr. Mabbett.

He loved his family more than anything and was quick to puff out his chest and tell you about all their accomplishments. Not much brought him more joy than delighting in his children and cheering them on in whatever they did. His love also extended out to anyone he encountered, and he quickly made friends wherever he went or worked.

Ray inspired those around him to live each and every moment. He always had a story to share, even if you’d heard it five times before, and he loved to make others laugh. He committed himself fully to whatever he did and forever had something he was doing or working on. When Ray had his mind set on doing something, he chased it hard. He enjoyed staying active and was an avid skier, cyclist, motorcyclist, gym goer, and when he wasn’t doing those things always had a project on the go around the house.

He was deeply committed to his faith in Jesus and focused on living his faith in action. He gave generously of his time, resources, and energy and was a prayer warrior for those he loved.

A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, June 9, 2023, at 4:00 PM, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. At his request, this will be an informal gathering with a short service and refreshments. There will be an open mic opportunity if anyone has any memories, writings, or stories they would like to share (2-3 min). If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the BC Cancer Agency, would be most appropriate.

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Friday, June 9, 2023, at 4:00 PM

Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for MABBETT, Raymond is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2023, at 4:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Patrick Rogers says:

    Deb and I were so saddened to hear of your sudden departure. We were hoping that you and Bruce would come by our home again in West Creston this year. Gee, so many memories from way back when we were kids. We will be there for you on the 9 th in Kelowna.
    Cousin Patrick xxoo

  • Elly says:

    I was extremely saddened to here about Rays passing.. Ray was a great coworker and I enjoyed our work days together.. He spoke highly about his family and was extremely proud of them all. Ray was a lovely man who always gave great advice . I hope he is able to look down at us all and see how many peoples lives he touch. Best Wishes to all ❤️🙏

  • Maryann little says:

    Wendy and your family Ray was very special and always had kind words and special smile.
    Thinking of you all sending prayers

  • Karissa says:

    What a privilege to have known Ray.
    I’ll forever have fond memories of my best friend’s Dad. The inventor of the ‘Dad Joke’.

  • Terri & Blair says:

    We first met Ray & Wendy over 25 years ago in Creston,BC were we lived side by side w/ our families in a motel for about a month. Ray & Wendy were instant friends/family & we went to church, family dinners, we helped build the above ground pool & the rewards of have friends w/ this pool. We found out we were pregnant w/ our third child, Ray & Wendy (along w/ Marie & Becca) were always there to support us (having a high risk pregnancy sent me to hospitals over an hour away & they all stepped in no matter what time to watch our other two kids. There was many tales told on a Dads & kids fishing trip. We had to move on from Creston but remained friends & stayed in touch. We visited the family in Kelowna several times over the years when taking our kids to cadet camp in Vernon, even getting stuck in the middle of the lake after tubing & trying to convince a small boat to help us out (memories not easily forgotten as we have a couple souvenirs…. Two glasses that were thrown in the lake that we picked up bringing the boat in) or just wanting enjoy their hospitality & catch up or sometimes it was just like where we left off in Creston going down memory lane.

    Ray definitely did touch everyone’s heart & will be greatly missed. Rest easy our friend.

    Was such a lovely live service, thankful to be included. Our deepest condolences is with all of you.

  • Barb Allen says:

    So saddened by this sudden loss of a great man and a great friend. I first came to know Ray when we both started our training as Long Term Care Specialists in Waterloo in 2001. It was clear right from the start what a truly wonderful person he was and I have been honoured to be counted among his friends. Despite the many miles between us (I live in PEI) we spoke by phone regularly and speaking with Ray was always uplifting. He was so incredibly proud of his family and of the love of his life, Wendy. To all of you, I’m so very very sorry for your incredibly sad losses. Ray, I will miss our conversations, old friend. Most of us can only aspire to live the strong yet gentle life you lived, you have touched so many and will never be forgotten.

  • Karen Szabo says:

    A great send off to a special fellow. Knew Ray as a coworker in Merritt. He really brightened our day and always made you feel important. He went out in his own terms and I appreciate his courage as well as his zest for life. ❤️

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