April 16, 1944 – July 15, 2020
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Raymond Oscar Vig on July 15th, 2020 at the age of 76 years. Ray passed away at home on his own terms, surrounded by his family.
Left to hold his memory dear are Laurel, his loving wife of 54 years; two daughters, Corinne Leier and Pam (Al) Betton; his two grandchildren, Brenden (Kelsey) Leier and Quinsy Leier (Luke Mansell); two great-grandchildren, Odin and Wesson Leier; two brothers, Norman (Mitzie) Vig and Dean (Joanne Millar) Vig; one sister-in-law, Myrna (Hans) Vig; many nieces and nephews; Laurel’s family and many dear friends, especially his beloved ping pong pals. Ray was preceded in death by two brothers, Elmer and Dennis and his parents.
Ray was born in Eckville, Alberta on April 16th, 1944 to Melvin and Esther Vig of Bentley, Alberta. He grew up in a farming community with four brothers with whom he had many outdoor adventures throughout his life.
He married his high school sweetheart, Laurel Spears in 1965. They moved to Edmonton where Ray graduated with his degree in Physiotherapy. In 1967 they moved their small and growing family to Vernon, B.C. After working a short time at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital, Ray set up a private practice and worked in Vernon until 2002.
During his life Ray was an avid fisherman, hunter, hiker, outdoorsman, farmer, biker and ping pong player. He hiked in Nepal, the Chilcoot and the Rocky Mountains and fished the BC Coast and interior lakes. One of his greatest adventures was an African Safari with his brother Dean and nephews Kevin and Jason. His quiet calm demeanour, quick wit and sense of humour was enjoyed by all who knew him. This is evident by the tight knit group of friends that he and Laurel have had for many years.
Ray lived with and succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s after six years with the disease. Our family would like to thank MAID, Dr. Spencer and staff for their compassion. We would also like to thank Dr. Deetlefs and Dr. Pretorius for their care.
In respecting Ray’s wishes, he was cremated and no service will be held at this time due to COVID-19. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of Ray to the Alzheimer Society of B.C.
Cremation arrangements were made with
Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd.,
5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5
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