It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ray Hugh McKay, with his beloved wife Barb by his side. Ray was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1957. He moved with his family to Calgary and had many fond memories of growing up in Sunnyside. Ray and Barb met in Calgary and were married in 1980. He was predeceased by his dad, John Raymond McKay, and his mom, Lila (Munro) McKay. Ray will be dearly missed by his loving wife Barb; his sister Linda; his brother-in-law John; his nephews Chad, Terry and Alan; his Aunt Doreen (Deen) Munro; and so many dear friends and neighbors.
Following in Ray Senior’s footsteps, he began his career at CP Rail in 1979, and retired in 2012.
Ray made many good friends over the years, and loved nothing better than getting together with friends, neighbors, and family for a beer, put on some tunes, and shoot the breeze. If the garage door was open, you were more than welcome to stop by to share a laugh, play a game of poker, a game of bean bag, or watch a game of football. We all have many great memories of laughing, dancing, and singing to songs from the 60’s and 70’s in the McKay’s basement.
Ray was also an avid sports fan. He played baseball in his younger years and loved watching sports of any kind, especially if his Raiders were playing. Fishing was his passion though and nothing was better than heading out to the Kananaskis for a weekend of fishing with his buddies. If you stopped by the garage after a fishing excursion, be prepared to hear many a story about the one that got away or who caught the biggest one.
You will be greatly missed and never forgotten.
Due to COVID, a funeral service will not be held. A small, informal celebration of life will be planned when restrictions allow. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Tom Baker Cancer Society (https://www.albertacancer.ca/donate/).
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