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Born in Gateshead, England, Eric Rayson passed away on June 26, 2024, at the age of 86.

Left to hold him dear to his heart is his son, Sean Rayson; as well as all whose lives Eric touched. Eric now goes to join his beloved wife of 56 years, Min, who passed away in 2022.

Eric embodied a life of adventure and resilience. With a passion for cycling, cross-country skiing, and scaling mountain peaks, he embraced physical challenges with unwavering determination. From conquering the Himalayan summits to exploring diverse landscapes across the globe, Eric’s thirst for adventure knew no bounds. A seasoned marathon runner, he thrived on pushing his limits and surpassing expectations. Eric’s love for the outdoors was matched only by his kindness and nobility of spirit, evident in his genuine care for others and the environment he cherished. His legacy as a world traveller and outdoor enthusiast lives on, inspiring others to seek adventure and embrace the beauty of our planet with the same vigor and compassion that defined his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm at 4142 Hughes Road, Kelowna, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

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Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm

4142 Hughes Road, Kelowna, BC

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The service for RAYSON, Eric UPDATED SERVICE INFORMATION is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, 2024, at 2:00 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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4142 Hughes Road, Kelowna, BC

4142 Hughes Road, Kelowna, BC


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  • Dannica and Gary Wade says:

    Eric was a gentle, kind soul who touched many lives. He will be missed on the cross country ski trails, and on the roads, cycling. Our deepest condolences.

  • Vicki says:

    Dear Sean,
    I was shocked today to learn of your father’s passing. I knew your mother from running and classes at TWP but never met your father until he participated in my bereavement yoga classes through COHA. He later joined Parkinson’s Senior Centre where I had the pleasure of his weekly presence in my class. We shared great conversations about yoga postures, cycling, gardening, family, friends, etc. I so admired his commitment to physical activity and with all his accomplishments , he was very humble, showing no ego……wonderful trait. His presence will be greatly missed. My deepest condolences to you and extended family. Sincerely, Vicki Saarinen.

  • Adam Romanowski says:

    Eric, You’ll be greatly missed on our bike rides. Have an eternal bike ride heavens.

  • Paul Shipley says:

    Eric was an inspiration to me. On the roads and on the trails, with a big smile, he proved to me that getting old is just a state of mind. I will deeply miss running across Eric skiing and riding.

  • Adrian Bannister says:

    We were saddened to hear of Eric’s passing and our thoughts are with you.
    Enclosed a memory photo of you, your father and mother.

  • Jon says:

    Having spent a lot of time riding and chatting with Eric, has left me with fond memories of a strong, humble man with a wry sense of humour. Gutted

  • Neil Brown says:

    Very sorry to hear of Eric’s passing. Always looked forward to his visits at our office, his kindness and conversation.
    Condolences to his family from office of Dr. Brown.

  • Paul Standring says:

    I was truly shocked when I learned two days ago that Eric had passed away while cycling. Although we had become disconnected in recent years, we were work colleagues and very good friends during the period 1989 – 2001 when my wife and I lived in Kelowna. Our real connection was on our road bikes, enjoying countless rides throughout the Okanagan Valley. Eric was truly an amazing and accomplished man, and just about the fittest man I have ever met. My wife, Joanne, and I send our heartfelt sympathies to Sean, whom we had met on a number of occasions when he was a young boy. RIP, Eric. You will be missed and remembered.

  • Greg Harshenin says:

    I enjoyed working with Eric in the early 90’s – helping him with PC/AutoCAD/Plotter ink issues, and he helped me pick out my first mountain bike. Soon afterwards rode with Eric and a friend of his at Crawford – and was quickly humbled (half his age) to barely keep up with them on the time trials course. My mom is also a Geordie from Quayside across the Tyne. Heartfelt sympathies to Sean, family and friends that loved and will miss Eric.

  • Rob Owen says:

    I was saddened to hear of Eric’s passing. We have lost a great man who
    has influenced many of our lives over the years. I met Eric at work ( Western Star trucks) in 1968 and we quickly became friends. A year later, Eric, Min, and I decided to take up cross-country skiing. We had many memorable adventures together including some racing and loppets. Even though we had lost touch in recent years, Eric’s honesty, determination, and commitment has left a lasting impression.
    My deepest condolences to Sean and family.

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