Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM -

With heavy hearts we an­nounce the pass­ing of Ray­mond ‘Ray Ray’ Bourgeois (71) on Sun­day evening, Fe­bru­ary 5th at St. Martha’s Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, Antigo­nish. Born in New Water­ford, Ray was one of sev­en­teen chil­dren of the late John C. and Mary Ann Bourgeois. A re­tired welder and mem­ber of UA Lo­cal 682, he worked at var­i­ous jobs across the prov­ince and coun­try to pro­vide for his fam­ily un­til his re­tire­ment in 2003. We have been told he was one of the best.

Ray will al­ways be known for his vi­brant per­son­al­ity, his tor­ment­ing, his great sense of hu­mor and quick smile. He was a com­pas­sion­ate man with a huge heart, an an­i­mal lover and a ‘go to’ per­son when any­one needed a lis­ten­ing ear, or an ear­ful. When he wasn’t chat­ting with ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity at Sharon’s Place con­ve­nience store in Louis­dale, Ray loved to spend time en­ter­tain­ing at the cot­tage with his fam­ily and many friends. Many re­ferred to him as Bowser. He was al­ways the cook, the joke teller and the gra­cious host. Af­fec­tion­ately known as Gup­pie or Grampie RayRay, he loved play­ing with his grand­kids and show­ing his ten­der side (as well as teach­ing them how to curse and throw rocks). They were his pride and joy.

Ray is sur­vived by his lov­ing part­ner of 27 years, Sharon Samp­son; daugh­ter, Tar­alee (Eric) Wood; sons, Eric and Kevin (Mag­gie); his chil­dren’s mother, Mau­reen; stepchil­dren, Brian, Joey and Duane Samp­son; grand­chil­dren, Rhy­lan, Cooper, Trevor, Abby, Becca, Liam, Ben, Ser­ena, Sa­mara, Sky­lar, Travis, Cody and Kris­ten and sev­eral great-grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by broth­ers, Melvin (West­mount, NS), Leo, (Oshawa, ON) and Henry (Wind­sor, NS) and sis­ters, Eve­lyn Pol­lock (Peter­bor­ough, ON), Lor­raine (Glace Bay, NS), twin sis­ter, Pauline (John) Micha­lak (Florida) and Diane (Johnny) MacKin­non (New Vic­to­ria, NS). He is also sur­vived by many lov­ing nieces and neph­ews and ex­tended fam­ily.

Ray is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, John C. and Mary Ann Bourgeois; his broth­ers, Tom (1923), Peter, Wil­lie John (Plug­ger), Charles, Tom (1944), Wil­fred and sis­ters, Mary, Dorothy and Til­lie. Ray is also pre­de­ceased by his step­son, Shane.

On the day of his pass­ing, Ray had just reached his 10-year an­niver­sary of be­ing can­cer free and was a huge sup­porter of the Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Re­lay for Life. He looked for­ward to don­ning his yel­low sur­vivor shirt and par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event each year. Dona­tions can be made in Ray’s mem­ory to ‘Ray Ray’s Su­gar­bears’ Re­lay for Life team by fol­low­ing this on­line link (or do­nat­ing in per­son): http://con­vio.can­ site/TR/Re­layForLife/RFL_NS_

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