Ray passed away peacefully at Grand River Hospital on Thursday June 8, 2023 at the age of 79 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ray was born in New Waterford NS to Azariah Chipman and Eva Chipman (Green). Ray first left home at the age of 15 and hitchhiked to Toronto. ln 1962 he met the love of his life, Marie. They married in 1965 and would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary on July 31. They were a couple who supported each other, no matter the challenge; a reminder every day that it is possible to marry and spend your life with your best friend.
Together Ray and Marie had two children Shelley (Grandchildren, Pebbles, Samantha and Trina) and Paul (Wife Krista, Grandchildren Joshua and Jacob). He was also a great grandfather to Demi, Damian, Mason, Selena and Roxy.
Ray is survived by his wife Marie (Westphal), his brothers Tom and Brian and his sister Helen. He is predeceased by
Brothers Ben, Wal, Jack, Eddy, Ted and sisters Mary, Alma, Diane and Bev (and twin grandchildren Teri and Tyler).
Family was everything to Ray. His children will remember him throwing a baseball around the yard, camping, coaching and teaching them to drive and later being there to offer his opinions, cheat at card games or tinker around their houses. Ray cherished being a grandfather and great grandfather. (The money chair and treat cupboards will
not be forgotten).
He started working at BF Goodrich in 1966 (acquired later by Michelin), spending 6 months in Mexico in 1972 trained others at a factory there and rose through the ranks to management before retiring in. He then was asked to return to Mexico as a consultant. This time Marie was able to join him on this endeavour.
He was an active individual, playing Sunday morning hockey into his late 40s before turning his attention to curling. He continued to play golf each summer at Rockway and until his last visit to Florida, this past winter, where he and Marie spent their winters for the past 20 years.
His love of sport also extended to coaching where he is fondly remembered by the KW lacrosse community as a coach and was still in contact with many former KW Braves who credit him with mentoring them and helping to mold them into the men they are today.
Together with close friends, he took part in an annual Mother’s Day dinner where each of the husbands cooked extravagant meals for their wives. This continued for more than 20 years. Ray couldn't go anywhere without running into people he knew and would take the time to chat. People just gravitated towards his outgoing personality. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023 at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home, 617 King St North, Waterloo from 5:00 pm – 8:00pm. A memorial service for Ray will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2023 beginning at 11:00 am in the funeral home chapel. Donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. www.grahamgiddyfh.com