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MCFADDEN, Raymond Earl

Soft music was playing as dad floated away at KGH on August 19, 2015. Dad was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Dad was born in Regina in 1926. He worked as a biologist at Great Slave Lake in the summers to earn enough money to pay for his Masters in Education at UBC. His first job was in Creston, B.C. and it was there that he met our mother Marjorie Jackson, who was also teaching at the time. Their love of each other and similar interests such as tennis, swimming, and fishing brought them together. Their love stayed strong for 65 years. Together they created a beautiful family. Sons Frank (Lindsay), David (Andrea) Bruce ((Letitia) daughter Kathleen (Eric). Dad and Mom have seven grandchildren. Stuart (Jennifer), Cameron, Shaun (Meghan) David, Rory, Keely (Fabien), Liam. Four great-grandchildren. Twins Cohen and Hudson and their sisters Brielle and Everleigh. Dad was a principal and teacher at Rutland Senior Secondary from 1959 to his retirement in June 1983. Many of his colleagues remain his friend to this day. Dad will be missed by his poker buddies both here and in Yuma and by his many friends at his beloved summer home at Kootenay Lake. His sons and grandsons have wonderful memories of their annual hunting trip at Eagan Lake in the Cariboo. Our family would like to extend our thanks to the nurses and doctors at 2East. In lieu of flowers we would ask that you give to the SPCA, the NCC Darkwood-Nature Conservancy of Canada www.natureconservancy.ca or the charity of your choice. We will celebrate Dad’s life with friends and family September 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club, 1297 Glenmore Road, Kelowna, BC. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

September 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Kelowna Golf and Country Club

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The service for MCFADDEN, Raymond Earl is scheduled for September 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 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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Kelowna Golf and Country Club

1297 Glenmore Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Sheri (Stone) Keller says:

    Our sincere sympathies to all of the McFadden Family – I have so many memories of growing up in the old neighborhood. We did many sled runs down the McFadden Hillside – it must have drown them crazy!
    Thinking of you – Sheri and Jim Keller (nee Stone)

    • Rockford Wells (Wostradowski) says:

      Mr McFadden had a significant impact on my life. I was planning on entering the ROTC program after grade 12 and needed science and math. I had taken Biology in grade 11, from Mr. Mcfadden, and decided to take physics in grade 12 so I didn’t need chemistry. He taught chemistry as well. I argued with him for several days but to no avail. He made me take chemistry. Low and behold I went on to get a PhD in chemistry. Changed my life. I will always be grateful and I think of him often.

  • Marilyn Kornell. (Loseth) says:

    Mr. McFadden was my Principal when I attended RHS. I had high respect for him. He was always fair and concerned for the student body. He was a good man. My condolences to the McFadden family.

  • Debra Harding ( Gruber) says:

    Your father was also an exceptional principal. I was a student at rss graduating in 1974. He was certainly well liked and respected. Condolences on your loss.

  • Wendy (Hyam) Bockman says:

    Mr. McFadden was principal when I attended Rutland High. I think we all liked him, always kind and caring to the students. His office door was always open to us. My condolences to his large extended family.

  • Brenda Colvin says:

    To the McFadden Family
    I am so sorry for your loss. I thought the world of Ray McFadden. He was such a great guy and I had so much respect for him. We were so lucky to have such a great role model in Ray during our high school years and beyond.
    With Sympathy, Brenda Colvin

  • Al and Lynn Miller says:

    Ray was the best next door neighbour anyone could ask for. We had many great times with Ray and Marg in Yuma. Remember the good times Marg. Love from Al and Lynn

  • Marlene & Paul Mamchur says:

    Dear Marjorie & Family
    You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time, our deepest condolences to all the family.

  • Wayne & Dianne Lewis says:

    Marg and family
    We appreciated your friendship and visits over the fence in Yuma. He will be missed by many.

  • Darlene Ewings says:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to the McFadden family on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. You were very lucky to have had such a wonderful , kind and caring man in your life. May all the wonderful memories you had with him carry you through this most difficult time.

  • Dick & Carol Gilman says:

    Dear Marge & Family, Our thoughts & prayers to you all in your loss of a very special man, Ray. We have the best memories of our fun times with Marge & Ray in Yuma. Rest in Peace, Ray.

  • Jamie Browne says:

    A life well lived, the “game” was always on. Well remebered. Regards to all, a hug to Marg. Jamie Browne.

  • Jan and Linda McIntosh says:

    Condolence to all the Family. We all loved Ray, even when he was taking our money. Over 40 years in the Kelowna Poker group has to be some kind of record!
    This photo was taken at one of our games.

  • Sheila Landale says:

    Mrs. McFadden, Frank , Kathy, David and Bruce.
    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr. McFadden. Always felt welcome in your dads presence…. he was a good neighbour and cared very much for his family. He will be missed.
    Sheila Landale

  • George and Kath Ferguson says:

    our condolences to the McFadden family. Tennis, Four Seasons memories , as well as the Kelowna Golf and Country Club in Kelowna will always be remembered with a smile……Ray was a wonderful , genuine man,
    Kath and Geo Ferguson

  • Rolli and Mary Cacchioni says:

    On behalf of the Central Okanagan Retired Teachers’ Association , I would like to extend our condolences to the McFadden family on the passing of Ray . He was a true professional in every sense of the word. His contributions to
    the education of thousands of Kelowna students is noteworthy.
    Rolli Cacchioni , President Central Okanagan Retired Teachers’ Association

  • Rolli and Mary Cacchioni says:

    Sincerest condolences to the family on the passing of Ray . Many fond memories.
    Rolli and Mary Cacchioni

  • Chris and Diana Jaegli says:

    Dear Marge & Family, We send you our deepest condolences at this difficult time. We will always remember Ray as a jovial, fun-loving and kind person. The great times on the tennis court and ski hills will live on in our memories.

  • Sharon Misselbrook says:

    My deepest regards and condolences for your loss. He sounds like he was an amazing man with many friends and family that loved him. I grieve for you all.

    Sharon Misselbrook….

  • Hugh and Linley McKenna says:

    Dear Marge and family , Linley and I have many great memories of working and socializing with Ray , the passing of an era that we remember as a great time , Ray was a very special man .

  • Gordon & Pat Osborne says:

    So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Of the 29 years teaching @ Rutland Sr. Secondary, by far the best years were under Ray’s leadership! To me, he was not only my boss, but also a dear friend. Our thoughts are wish you Marj at this very difficult time.

  • Vera Ito says:

    Dear Marge and Family, I’m so sorry to hear of Rays passing. I have many happy and fun memories of life on the ski hill that was shared with you. I did enjoy seeing you both at the Ski Club reunion a couple of years ago, that was another fun night.

    Please accept my most sincere condolences, Vera Ito

  • Frank & Sandy Jones says:

    we offer our condolences to all the McFadden family during this time of their personal loss of Ray.
    Ray was a unique individual with an easy going day to day routine at RSS….the “ship” sailed smoothly under Ray’s guidance.
    Also having flashbacks to Black Mtn Elem with Kathy on staff there….
    feeling the pain…

  • Lloyd Callahan says:

    With warm regards and sincere condolences on the loss of Ray. Always enjoyed our times up at Big White. He was a good man.

  • vern joan sauer says:

    Our condolenses to the Mc Fadden family on their loss of a husband and father
    Ray was a part of our Frothblower tennis group from its inception many years ago.

    We always looked forward to when he ( and Marg) came back from their annual Yuma trip and hear about all the things that had happened over the past five months-especially the
    ‘texas hold-um in Laughlin

    Joan and Vern and on behalf of the Frothblower group

  • Joe & Dixie Tinney says:

    Marge & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ray has been like a brother to me for the last 25 or so winters. All those years playing tennis, bridge and of course donating to him at poker…….words are not enough for time like these, we are heartbroken. Wish we were closer Marg.
    Even if we were I don’t know if it would help but we would sure like a hug.
    Joe & Dixie in Yuma

  • Jim and Pam Van Schoonhoven says:

    47th St. In Yuma AZ. will not be the same. We all will miss the McFaddens. Marge our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Chuck and Dotty Smalley says:

    We met Ray and Marge years ago in Yuma on the tennis court. He was a wonderful man. We and his friends will miss him greatly in the desert. I have given Ray’s poker playing friends the news. We all looked forward to his winter visits and we always had a spot for him on poker night. We wish the best for Marge and the family and friends.
    Chuck Smalley, Yuma AZ

  • Max Nelson says:

    My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire McFadden Clan. So many great memories of our Yuma poker nights and the “Canadian” games that Ray would come up with! A truly wonderful man, he will be missed but never forgotten especially on our wednesday night get togethers. Max Nelson.

  • Judy and Ken Johnson says:

    We are sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts are with the family at this time. Ray will be remembered fondly as a fellow educator and more so as the brave man (along with Marge) who guided a group of high-school students through Europe for five weeks in the summer of 1968.

    Judy (Farris) and Ken Johnson

  • Janet Fisher says:

    Marjorie and Family,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband, father, and grandfather, and a wonderful friend and mentor who I will always think of fondly as McFudd. As the principal who hired me for my first teaching position, as a young and naive Kootenay girl, I learned so much about true leadership, staff comraderie, and the value of lifetime interests and activities, as well as, obviously the teaching aspect. Ray (McFudd) will be affectionately remembered by many. I am grateful to have know and laughed with him.

  • Pat Warrender says:

    Hi Kathy and family. Didn’t know your dad well but our paths often crossed , as a building mate@ Big White & a lover of tennis. He enjoyed such a varied and full life. The one thing that always stood out to me was how devoted his family was…all to each other. That is so great. We never get over losing a loved one (thank goodness!!!) Wanted you to know we are thinking of you at this very painful time. Pat and Brian Warrender

  • Paul Snook says:

    Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Many memories of the Willow Cres. McFadden home. Condolences to all the family. Paul

  • Ina and Don Kroschinsky says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad Kathy. Please take extra special care of yourself. Our condolences to you and your family. Ina and Don

  • Bruce Ellis says:

    Deepest condolences to the McFadden family. Our family has many memorable photos of our Dad working with Ray many summers ago at Great Slave Lake. Also recall a great final meeting of two dear friends at our Dad’s hospital bedside before his passing. It was awesome. All the comments from others are testament to what a fine man he was. A life well lived.

    The Ellis family

  • R.J.(Bob) Mettlewsky says:

    I have many fond memories of Mr. McFadden, not only as our principal at RHS but as a neighbor who had a very big dog that used to pull us on our wagon and sleigh. My deepest condolences to the family. As principal at the time of our graduation in 1966 I will share his comments that have been part of our planning for our 50 year graduation reunion in 2016. You will always be remember. Thank you for your support and moulding our lives. RIP.

  • Gail Fortney says:

    Marjorie and family,
    I am so sorry and saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. It was a great privilege to have worked as secretary for Ray when I was so young, fresh out of high school. RHS was my second home and Ray was the most considerate & thoughtful boss. Please know I care and understand the loss of a loved one. My heart goes out to you all. With fond memories, caring thoughts and friendship, Gail Fortney.

  • John McIntyre says:

    Deepest sympathies to the Mc Fadden family. I owe my teaching career to Ray, who was my first principal at RSS. I will always remember Ray’s fine sense of humour and the fun we had at the many staff parties and events. Ray also loved to sing at the many sing a longs where I played guitar. A life well lived.

  • Terry O'Farrell says:

    My condolences to the McFadden family. we loved his sense of humor and enjoyed his company at poker. we will miss him greatly.

  • Len Smith and Merle Hollington says:

    To Marg and family, So sorry to hear of Rays passing. I’ll miss the knock on the door and the voice saying “Is the bar open?”. You were the first couple we met on 47th in Yuma . I will always remember what a gentleman you were and cherish the memories we had together. Take care Marg and remember all the good times you shared.

  • Monika Jackson says:

    Dear Marg, Frank, Kathy, David and Bruce,
    I am so sorry reading on the internet of Ray’s passing. I tried to call you in Kelowna, Kootenay and Yuma but could never got through. When I talked to Ray last after Roy’s passing he sounded the same as usual. I can’t believe he parted from us too. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Please call me and let me know how I can get hold of Marg My # is 609-494-7037
    I sent my love to you, Monikal

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