In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Ray Boucher


RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 1946, Timmins, Ontario


Died: 01 Oct 2021, Toronto, Ontario


BOUCHER, Ray - It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of an amazing husband, father and grandfather on October 1st, 2021 in Toronto General Hospital. Ray was born in Timmins, ON in 1946 and then moved to Chicoutimi, QC until he joined the Navy in 1964. He remained active in the Navy until 1974. He sailed on the SWANSEA, SAGUENAY and the BONAVENTURE. Ray loved to talk about his Navy life and met many lifelong friends. 50 years later he still remained in touch with his Navy family. There was never a lack of entertaining stories of the shenanigans he and his friends got into. After his Navy life he moved to Thunder Bay, ON where he worked at CP Rail until his retirement. Anyone who knew Ray knew he was a natural leader, with excellent organizing and planning skills that held him in good stead in both his career and his hobbies later in life. One of his passions was building Rat Rods. He joined the NOCC Club and once again met many great friends. He enjoyed going to all the car shows and outings put on by the club. He became Vice-President of the club, leaning on his significant leadership skills. Everywhere Ray went, he made friends. He was full of life. He could invariably find something in common with whoever he met, making connections and friendships on a daily basis. He was always there for his family. He loved spending time with his grandkids both near and far. If anyone in the family needed help, we knew who to call. He leaves behind wife of 44 years Barb, his sons Bill (Amy) and Bob (Cheryl), six grandchildren Kayla, Cayden, Brianna, Danika, Brock and Ryan. He was predeceased by father Louis, and leaves behind his mother Jean, sister Claudette (Jim), brother Marcel (Carol). Thank you to all the doctors and nurses of TBRHSC-2C, Toronto General Hospital-4B CV ICU for your compassion and care. Thank you to all our amazing family and friends for cards, flowers, food and loving hugs. As per Ray's wishes, a small family ceremony will take place at a later date. The family welcomes donations to The Thunder Bay Regional Cardiac Fund as an expression of sympathy. As in the Navy: Fair Winds and Following Seas.  (The Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal 16 Oct 2021)


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