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RAYMOND JOHNSON (published on February 14, 2009)

RAYMOND JOHNSON Paisiblement, entouré de l'amour de sa Fillette et de ses enfants, Raymond J. Johnson nous a quitté le jeudi 12 février. Though only two weeks from his 87th birthday, he had fought the good fight, and it was his time to go. Missing him dearly, are his loving spouse Rita (née Jeanson), children: Raymond (Sue Martin), Yvonne (Robert Bérubé), Lynn (Gordon Deere), Carol (Bruce Waters), Marc (Donna Currie), Paul, and grandchildren: Brent, Matthew, Kari (Jay), Daniel, Katie, Miguel, Lindsay, Meghan, Garrett, and Reade. Predeceased by his parents and siblings, Ray leaves his sister-in-law Elsie, Mom's siblings: Hortense, Marcelle, Germain (Rose), Arthur, and her in-laws: Anna, Louise, Marie, Rita, and Ken. The sixth of eight children, Ray was born in St. Boniface on February 25, 1922. During the Second World War, Ray served his country overseas with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Upon arriving home, he returned to the family residence on Dugas Street. It is there that he and Rita, his best friend and beloved wife of 58 years, raised their six children. After having worked as an underground cable inspector with the Manitoba Telephone System for 32 years, Dad retired in 1983. He and Mom enjoyed many memorable retirement years together. Whether it was traveling south, completing crossword puzzles, playing scrabble, cheering for his beloved Canadiens, or simply going for walks, Dad was always happiest when Mom was at his side. Near and dear to our hearts are our fondest memories of Dad. These include his ever-present willingness to help us, his unique and endearing nicknames, his remarkable knowledge of city streets, his uncanny ability to learn languages, his propensity for spelling, and, best of all, his contagious sense of humour. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all those who helped comfort Dad through his last months: his physician, Dr. Jean Prenovault, the palliative home care nurses (particularly Jadwega), and the dedicated staff at the St. Boniface General Hospital Palliative Care Ward. Your compassion and sincerity were comforting. A mass will be celebrated by Father Marcel Toupin, at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 17, at l'Eglise Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens, 289 Dussault. Viewing will take place at 1:30 p.m., with interment to follow at the St. Boniface Cemetery on Archibald. As his grandchildren have always been Pepère's pride and joy, he has requested that his six grandsons accompany him on his last voyage, serving as his pallbearers. It was also his wish that his four granddaughters assist as honourary pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Boniface General Hospital Palliative Care Endowment Fund, or to a charity of one's choice. Quoiqu'il nous manque énormement, nous savons qu'il nous a beaucoup aimé. Ensemble nous avons tellement ri. Adieu mon vieux, Dad, Pepère; nous gardons de toi de merveilleux souvenirs. Desjardins Funeral Chapel in care of arrangements.

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