Ray passed away peacefully at Copper Ridge Place in Whitehorse, Yukon with his family by his side.
Ray was born to parents Manne and Anna Magnuson in Atlin, BC. As a young man, Ray worked alongside his dad at the family sawmill, hauling supplies to and from Carcross. He also placer mined on several gold rich creeks in the Atlin area.
Ray met Roberta (Bobbie) in Atlin and they married on May 22, 1956. They went on to have four children.
Ray’s transportation legacy began in 1960 when he started working on the Yukon highway system as a heavy equipment operator in Swift River. He went on to become the highway road foreman in Teslin, and later Haines Junction, a highway superintendent and by 1981 Ray assumed the role of Director of Highway Maintenance with the Yukon government, a position he held until retirement in 1990.
Ray was inducted into the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame in 2005 for his accomplishments on the Yukon highway system.
In addition to mining and highways, Ray was passionate about the north and his community. A community member of Marsh Lake for several years, he was also a dedicated member of the Yukon Order of Pioneers for over 25 years. In his retirement, Ray filled his time woodworking – building many pieces of furniture for his friends and family. He also avidly enjoyed curling, fishing, hunting and boating.
Ray is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bobbie; sons Robert (Sandy), Patrick (Deanna), Eric (Jennifer), daughter Sherry (Cary); sister Ingrid Dick; grandchildren, Jennifer, Melanie, Raymond, Bradley, Cory, Staci, Savannah, Chance, Jesse; great-grandchildren, Bradi, Peyton, Harper and Cody. He also left behind many nieces, nephews and extended family members. Ray was a loving father, husband, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all.
A special thank-you to the staff at Copper Ridge Place for their loving care and support.
A celebration of life will be held at Mt McIntyre Recreation Centre at 11:00 am on December 18, 2016 In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Parkinson Canada Foundation.