Raymond Albert "Ray" Loewen - Nov 23, 2018 at River East Mennonite Brethren Church

Raymond Albert Loewen

Our brother Ray passed away at home on November 16, 2018 after struggling with lung cancer since summer.

Born in Winnipeg on September 17, 1951, Ray was an active child who enjoyed free range play and had an endless appetite for exploration. At a young age he became fascinated with horses and everything western, including cowboy hats, rodeos, chaps, spurs and country/western music. At age 14, Mom and Dad gave him Dancer, his first horse, on which Ray spent endless hours riding and roping. He was also fond of fast cars, a favourite being his sporty yellow Triumph convertible.

At age 17, Ray met Debbie Armstrong in the library of River East Collegiate, winked at her across the room and sparked a lifelong love. They married on July 21, 1973, soulmates from the start.

In his late teens, Ray joined Dad in J. Loewen and Son Masonry, first as a helper and then as a partner. They creatively designed and built the brickwork for fireplaces, residential and commercial buildings, turning many houses into beautiful homes. As a side venture, he and Debbie bought and renovated houses. They were a great team, blessed with all the skills their projects needed.

Over 44 years of fun-filled marriage, they hosted and cooked for large festive gatherings, had card nights and many bonfires. Their Winnipeg home and their fishing getaway at Redden’s Resort, where they were the first to have a seasonal camping spot and became the longest-term residents, were grand central for family and friends.

Loyal and committed, Ray’s generosity impacted countless people. If you needed something, he was your guy. He was a special uncle to nieces and nephews who shared daily life as it happened through texts and Snapchat. Likewise, the children at Debbie’s daycare all cherished their “Uncle Ray.”

Ray was predeceased by his wife Debbie, parents Jac and Mary Loewen and brother-in-law Kevin. Left to cherish his memory are siblings, Pat (Al), Millie (Wally), Sue (Phil), and Don (Sandy), and Debbie’s siblings, Terry (Jeff), Rob (Doreen), Karen (Ed), and Don (Michelle), and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ray and his family were deeply grateful for the compassionate care he received from CancerCare Manitoba and the Health Sciences Centre.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 23, 2018 at River East Church, 755 McLeod Avenue, Winnipeg. Cremation has taken place with interment at a later date.