Ray was born in Port Arthur on January 15, 1922, where he attended St. Andrew's School and Port Arthur Technical Institute, later known as Hillcrest High School. Ray served in the reserve army from 1938 to 1940 before joining the Lake Superior Regiment (M) on June 6, 1940.
He served in Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe until he was wounded in Germany and discharged as C.S.M. on June 22, 1945. He married Eva M. Parsons (Bond), with whom he celebrated 64 years of marriage on April 29, 2011. Ray worked for many years as an employee of United Grain Growers, retiring as a Superintendant.
A very active member of the community Ray gave his time to many organizations in various roles. He was a member of P.A. Branch #5 of the Royal Canadian Legion where he served on the financial committee, the Lake Superior Regiment (M) Association, Past President and Honorary Life Member of the P.A. Curling Club, Past President of the NWO Curling Association, member of the Board of Directors and Past President of the Thunder Bay Twins and Thunder Bay Senators, Thunder Bay Golf Association-Past Chairman of Junior Golf, Ray was very proud of our junior golfers, and Past President of Strathcona Golf Club.
Ray's efforts did not go unnoticed as he was proud of being inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Golf Hall of Fame in 2008, both in the Builder category and he was the recipient of the George Rowe Memorial Senior Sportsman Award on February 7, 1990.
He is survived by his wife Eva, sister Joan Pustina, sisters-in-law Leah Cousineau of Sarnia, ON, Jessie Cheetham of Port Alberni, BC, Myrtle Laye and Barbara Parsons as well as by numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was predeceased by his parents Bid and Nellie Cousineau, brothers Wes (Rita), and Bob of Sarnia, sister Marge (Irwin) Morash of California, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law George and Milly Bishop of Carman, Mann., Frank Cheetham of Port Alberni, B.C., Dick Parsons, and George Laye, nephew Bryan Cousineau and niece Christine Parsons.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 when family and friends will gather in Corpus Christi R.C. Church for the Funeral Mass beginning at 10 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Richard Kowalchuk.
Port Arthur Branch no. 5 of the Royal Canadian Legion will hold their Service of Tribute prior to the start of the Funeral Mass. The interment will follow in St. Andrew's Cemetery.
Visitation for friends will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street, where the Vigil Service will begin at 6 p.m.
As expressions of sympathy memorials to the Alzheimer Society of Thunder Bay, the Branch no. 5 Legion Building Fund or the Charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Online condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.