Ray Crowther - Gone Home - June 13, 2020

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Ray Crowther - Gone Home - June 13, 2020

Post by C0331 » Jun 14th, '20, 14:32

Ray Crowther
October 30, 1943 – June 13, 2020

It is with sadness that I report that, Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Badgers Club, Ray Crowther, passed away early morning June 13, 2020.

Ray was, unknowingly, suffering from illness for a number of months and was diagnosed in April with cancer. He wished to be at home and in privacy for as long as possible. This past week he moved into hospice, where he was well cared for and visited by family.

Ray was an avid supporter of Scouts Canada, a member of the Baden-Powell Guild and member of the Canadian Badgers Club.

Ray’s quiet love of supporting children, evident in his many years with Scouts Canada, extended to organizing the School Tours with many lower mainland schools, Guides and Scouts. For decades Ray was editor of The Canadian Badger, the magazine of the Canadian Badgers Club. He ensured the magazine was well put together and came out four times a year. He also organised the editing and printing of the Varieties Catalogue and Membership Directory.

His passion for railways of Canada was also evident in his organization of many of the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society trade show exhibits over the past six years. This was coupled with his attending scout badge swap meets and jamborees.

Scouting and Badging will miss Ray greatly. Our thoughts and affection are extended to the wife Jean and the rest of the Crowther family.

Gord Ennis, Cataloguer Canadian Badgers Club
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Re: Ray Crowther - Gone Home - June 13, 2020

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Ray, back right, as part of the Canadian Badgers Club display at one of the many Scout Jamborees Ray attended (this from CJ 97 Thunder Bay).
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Re: Ray Crowther - Gone Home - June 13, 2020

Post by C0331 » Jun 18th, '20, 15:38

Ray's Online Obituary Notice (from Arbormemorial.ca)
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A private family man, Ray had family by his side through his short battle with cancer. He passed peacefully in hospice care at Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta.

Ray was born in New Westminster BC where he met Jean, his wife of 55 years. Together they built their family life, primarily in North Delta where they lived for the past 49 years.

Ray worked for a private ambulance company for a brief time in the early years of their marriage. Always a hammer in his hand, he worked in construction for the rest of his career. He was among the many crews shaping the skyline of Vancouver including the False Creek area after Expo 86 and the Skybridge.

Volunteering was part of Ray’s DNA. He gave all his support and attention to any organization he was a part of. He modeled a life that gave back to his community, and the importance of it.

He served with Scouts Canada for many years as a leader of his son’s troops and eventually training other leaders. His time with scouting spawned a fascination of badge collecting and trading. He had amassed an extensive collection.

After he retired, he became a part of the volunteer crew at Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society in Cloverdale. During his years there he became a Director and a Vice Chair. He spent many hours at “the barn” helping to restore the historic trams acquired by the FVHRS.

Ray had a great love for his family taking them on numerous camping trips over the years and always lending a hand whenever asked to help his family succeed in life. Ray is survived by his loving wife Jean, sons Art and granddaughter MacKenzie, David (Jenine), granddaughter Kayla (Joseph), great grandson Gideon, grandson Dustin, daughter Patricia (Allan), granddaughter Becky (Jen), great granddaughters Addisson and Isabella and grandson Theo. And we could not leave out his “adopted” McLeod family including Faith (Ron) granddaughter Jennifer(Chris) and grandson Mitchell.

Ray was predeceased by his father, mother, brother and sister in law.

In lieu of flowers please send a donation in Ray’s name to the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society at 1045 165st Surrey BC V4A 9A2.

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