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RAYMOND (RAY) FRANCIS KIRBY (published on July 12, 2008)



RAYMOND (RAY) FRANCIS KIRBY It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the peaceful and unexpected passing of Raymond Kirby on July 9, 2008, with his family at his side. Ray is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Margaret, his children Craig (Heather), Deb Kusano (Don) and John (Gerri), and his special grandchildren Tracey, Karyn, Nicole, Michelle, Caley, Tera, Nathan, Sara and Katie. He is also survived by his brother Jack (Enid), sister-in-law Florence Mehmel (Bill), and several nieces and nephews. Ray was born in Winnipeg on April 16, 1930 to John and Lily Kirby. As he grew older he spent time at Grand Beach where he met the love of his life, Margaret. They were married on September 29, 1951. Ray and Marg spent their life together in Winnipeg where they raised their three children. Summertime was always at the cottage at Grand Beach which dad loved so dearly and where they made so many incredible friends. Ray started his working career with Winnipeg Hydro, where he worked for nine years. In 1957 Ray joined Trans Canada Airlines, now Air Canada, where he rose to the position of a manager in Revenue Accounting prior to his retirement in 1983. After that, Ray spent five years as the Secretary of Imperial Veterans Legion. Ray was a 50 year member of the Masons with Capitol Lodge #136, and a proud member of both the Khartum Temple Pipes and Drums for 39 years and the Pipes and Drums of Manitoba. Ray was also previously a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Ray's true passions in life were his family first, along with traveling the world, the cottage at Grand Beach, and playing the side drum with the pipe bands. Ray was highly respected and loved by everyone who met him. He had an incredible sense of humour and a true joy of life, and he will be sorely missed by all. Ray's family would like to express their most sincere appreciation to the staff of the Grace Hospital ICU for their kindness, compassion and the high quality of care they gave to Ray during the last five weeks. The service to honour and celebrate Ray's life will be held on Monday, July 14, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson In the Park , 1291 McGillivray Blvd. In keeping with Ray's strong love of the great work of the Shriners on behalf of handicapped and burned children, if friends so desire donations can be made in Ray's memory to the Shrine Hospitals or the Khartum Shrine Transportation Fund, 1155 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3P 1B9. Husband, Father and Grandpa Love Ya THOMSON IN THE PARK Funeral Home and Cemetery www.thomsoninthepark.com 925-1120 Life stories may be shared with friends and family across the globe at www.mem.com


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