Ray passed away in the Neepawa Hospital on July 15, 2019 at the age of 89, after way over exceeding the timeline given by the Doctor, which was fitting with his stubborn way. He was very pleased with himself to prove that Doctor wrong!
Ray and his repertoire of jokes, pranks and wit will be missed by family, many friends and his little Zoey. Passing over before him were his parents, Frank and Laura Smith, sister Helen (Jim) Singleton, son Darrell and his beloved wife Dorothy.
Ray lived most of his life in Plumas, he worked in Winnipeg in his younger years. He worked hard farming, driving a bulk fuel truck, anhydrous for Viterra and seasonally a truck during potato harvest. He enjoyed all those jobs immensely as he met many people and it gave him even more people to tell his stories and jokes and create even more.
Ray was a long-time resident of the Otter Lake Community along with his late wife Dorothy. Time there was spent having a great time visiting and many very close and cherished bonds were established. Apparently, he also enjoyed trying out some new ways to dress while there!
Hobbies he enjoyed were vast. Many Plumas fair days are remembered by the rush, and flurry of getting the horses ready and into town to participate. He had one horse named Blaze of which he was particularly proud. He always also had to have a dog be a part of the farm. Anything he welded would be rock solid which came in handy when his new passion arose of shopping at the local Plumas Mall and eventually also the Erickson Mall. He loved to re-purpose anything he found at those locations and turn it into something useful. If someone needed something or something was in need of repair, he likely had the parts and the ability to help out. Another hobby he enjoyed was reading all the obituaries, even the ones in the Winnipeg paper. He would always say “I am not listed there yet, so I guess I'll continue on until next week's paper!”
We would like to thank Dr. Milligan and the fantastic nursing staff at the Neepawa Hospital. Their care was absolutely amazing. Ray spoke of how nice everyone was and he was so comfortable and content during his stay. Also to the friends that helped out during the past couple of years and continue to do so, we are very grateful.
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