Raymond Don Andrushuk
February 8, 1967 - May 10, 2019
We are sad to announce the passing of Raymond Don Andrushuk on May 10th, 2019. Ray died peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre after a tough battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. Ray fought hard right until the end, surrounded by family and friends. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by wife Lorelei, son Jordan, daughter Rachel, mother Lorraine, father Norman, brothers Robert (Lynn), Russell (Angie) and Peter (Sharla), father-in-law Einar Inman, sister-in-law Carla, brother-in law Eric (Sheri), nephews Jim, Owen, Jesse and Carson, nieces Tempest, Daisy, Erin, Hanna, Maegan and Chloe, god-daughter Jacqueline, best friends Jay, John, Norm, Kristin, Harold, and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
Ray was predeceased by his brother Norman, uncles Jim, Russell, Nelson, and Larry, aunts Isabelle, Mona and Shelley, and mother-in-law Claudette.
Ray was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He grew up in the Maples with his parents and four brothers. He attended Elwick Elementary School, Ken Seaford Junior High, and Maples Collegiate. He played many sports, whether pick-up games with the neighbourhood kids or organized sports such as baseball, volleyball, basketball and hockey. He excelled at them all but especially loved hockey. Many lifelong friendships were formed at the rink. Later in life, Ray would coach and manage his children’s hockey and softball teams.
From early on, Ray developed a passion for fishing, hunting and the outdoors while spending summer vacations and weekends at his Uncle Larry’s farm in Northwest Ontario, his Grandparents’ home in Gimli, or at the family property near Layland, Manitoba. This passion was passed down to his children as they spent summers camping, swimming and hanging out by the fireside with family.
Ray met Lorelei in 1985 and they married in 1987. They raised two children in St Vital. He was hardworking and handy and took pride in a job well done. Always one to help a friend, he taught his children to be kind.
An avid sports fan, Ray spent Sundays watching football with friends and attended Bomber and Jets games with Lorelei. The two of them also enjoyed going to rock concerts together.
Ray started working for his parents’ heating and air conditioning company at an early age and developed a strong work ethic. He worked for ICG Propane and Federated CO-OP after getting his gas fitter A ticket from Red River College. Ray worked in the propane industry for 32 years, finishing his career as the Service Supervisor for CO-OP Propane in Brandon.
Ray was diagnosed in December 2017, yet continued to be his smiling, friendly, and generous self. He enjoyed one last fishing and hunting season with his brothers, harvesting a buck and processing it with his son in the Fall of 2018.
Ray was a joyful and loving dad, son, husband, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will forever be in our memories and in our hearts.
Special thanks to CancerCare MB and the nurses and unit aides of HSC RR-6, 800 Sherbrook for their care and compassion.
A Memorial will be held at the Winnipeg Beach Legion (20 Hamilton Ave, R0C 3G0) on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. We will then head to Tavern United Garden City (2100 McPhillips St, R2V 3T9) for a Celebration of Life at 6:00 p.m. Donations may be made in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left on his tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com
Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements.
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