MURRELL: Raymond Charles passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 24th, 2005 in Vancouver, BC in the presence and comfort of his daughter and her mom. Born in Wimbledon, the County of Surrey, England, September 15th, 1929, he came to Canada in 1960. Survived by his daughter Sharron Rae of Port Coquitlam, BC, son Trevor John (Carrie) and his granddaughter Brinn both of Cambridge, Ontario.
We are fortunate to have had these past several months with dad. He tried so hard and he was a very brave man after his Spinal Cord injury but felt it was time to go and he was at peace.
Ray served in the Military in 1948-1954 in England and when in Canada was active in the White Rock Players in the mid ’70 – ’80’s with his most memorable set design for “When the Lights Come on Again”. We loved being part of the pantomimes and the summers we spent at the beach. He wrote several plays and stories when he retired to Sechelt, BC. Ray was a very creative person with deep thoughts and insights. His compassion for others, his smile and big hugs, his story of Littlestar, his creative flair and artistic ability, his wry sense of English humor and his wonderful laugh. We miss him every second and try to remember all the things he did.
His wish was to be part of the research and his remains were contributed to the University of BC, so one day we will find a cure for OPLL & Spinal Cord injuries. We are very proud of him for his gift. Thank you to everyone, family, friends old and new, VGH & GF Strong, and I know his friends in Sechelt will miss his stories and hugs.
A Memorial Tree Dedication & Remembrance Ceremony will be held on December 10th, 2005 along the Trail Bay Waterfront Walkway at 2:00 p.m. in Sechelt, BC. A tea will follow.
If there ever is a day we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever. In lieu of flowers,
“Memory” donations can be made to: BC Paraplegic Association or the Rick Hansen Man in Motion Foundation.