Four Generations of Devoted Service
In the Selkirk area and Interlake Since 1935
Raymond (Ray) Starr
Peacefully with his family by his side, Raymond (Ray) Starr passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Health Sciences Center, Winnipeg, MB.
He is predeceased by his son Renee; mother Ruby; sisters Freddie and Linda; brothers Herb and Gordie, along with many in-laws, cousins and friends. He leaves behind his loving wife of 45 years, Connie (nee Young); daughter Tara; sons Carlin (Tracy), and Aaron (Amy); dear grandchildren, Kalina and Kaleb and his furry little friend Copper.
Ray was born September 15, 1952 in Pine Falls, Manitoba. He will be remembered foremost as a family man. His wife and kids were his world, and his grandchildren were his biggest joy. Ray spent most of his adult life living in Selkirk where he was an integral member of the community. Through coaching sports, spending his summers with family at Selkirk Park, and supporting many local events and organizations, he met numerous lifelong friends and colleagues.
Ray grew up in the West End of Winnipeg and spent most of his young life at Patricia Beach. In 1966 Ray met the love of his life Connie. Connie came from a large family which welcomed Ray with open arms. After many years of teenage adventure, Ray and Connie were married in 1973. Together they raised 3 children, owned numerous businesses and were graced with their very first grandchild in 2010, followed by another in 2014.
Camping was one of Ray’s favorite pastimes, enjoying many wonderful days at Rubber Ducky Campground with family, and touring the countryside with his beloved wife.
Ray was a proud member of the Sarasens “Old-boys” Rugby Club, an avid snowmobile enthusiast, player and lover of hockey, football, soccer, and broomball.
Among many things, Ray was a lifelong educator with a continuous drive and passion to improve the lives of those in the aboriginal and non aboriginal communities. Through work with his company, Anokiiwin Training institute, and more recently Aki Energy, he thrived to make a difference through education and training.
Ray, Poppa, Poppa Ray, Ray-Ray, Big Ray, Rescue Ray, Rammy Ray, Porky, Big Guy , among many others, you will be truly missed.
We would like to thank the medical teams at Selkirk Regional Health Centre and H.S.C for their wonderful care during Rays short illness.
A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk, MB.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ray’s name to the Manitoba Habitat for Humanity.
Condolences, pictures and videos may be left on Ray’s tribute wall at www.gilbartfuneralhome.com.
Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.