James WRIGHT

James WRIGHT

WRIGHT, James Raymond. Ray led a full and rewarding life for 93 years. He would often repeat, “God has truly blessed me”. Born in Moose Jaw, Sask., his family moved to Regina where he grew up. Ray was strong and energetic which served him well in sports, after school jobs, working for Imperial Oil, as a Regina fireman and in every endeavour he undertook. During WW2, he enlisted in the RCAF and became a flying Instructor. Ray found this role to be very rewarding and a perfect niche. The end of the war culminated his flying career until he was called to retake the position of flying instructor during the Korean War in 1950. He assumed several command positions and a tour in France with F86 squadron, flying jets. Following the end of that war, his career brought him to Saskatoon and finally to the Vancouver Search and Rescue Squadron. Ray was retired by the RCAF at 45 years of age with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He then sold real estate until hired on with CPAir as a flight simulator instructor until 1985. Ray then permanently retired and moved to South Surrey from Richmond. Ray had many hobbies and loved to relax in his prize winning chrysanthemum garden and keep his home in mint condition. No challenge was too great for him and as a Jack of all Trades, Ray was happiest when he had a project on the go. Ray was predeceased by Kae (Sneddon) Wright, married 23 years, the mother of his four children which grew to include Beverly (Kalmakoff), Catherine (Terry) Wood, John Wright and Jim (Donna) Wright, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ray was also predeceased by second wife, Myrtle (Galloway) Wright, married 32 years. Ray married a third time to Leone (Beale) Wright with 19 years difference in their ages, married 14 years. Ray was also like a father to Leone’s son, David Cookson. ay was a strong supporter of South Arm United Church in Richmond and St. John’s Presbyterian Church in White Rock. A memorial service is to be held, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at 2 PM at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 1480 George St. White Rock, BC.


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