RANTA, Raymond William
Ray passed away suddenly at his home in Haney on December 29, 2014, at the age of 87, from complications arising from heart, throat, & lung ailments.
Ray was predeceased by his parents, William and Hilja Ranta, his wife, Audrey Ranta, nee Lybeck, and his sister, Laimi. He leaves behind his children Steve Ranta, Karen Lively, and Colleen McEwan; his grandchildren Mark, Jamie, Alexander, Jeremy, Jordan, Kenna, and Cole; his nephew Alan and niece Lindy; as well as his companion of recent years, Lorraine Szabo.
Ray was born in the Finnish community of Webster’s Corner on July 5, 1927, where his parents had recently immigrated from Tampere, Finland. He first spoke English upon enrolling in school & in his youth he enjoyed sports, mechanics, woodwork & heavy labouring jobs. After working a couple of years for the B.C. Forest Service, he took an electrician course & joinied the B.C. Telephone Company, where he worked until retiring in 1984.
During his spare time, Ray used his general mechanical and woodwork skills to build several houses and a boat. Later, he was known for doing small repairs for his neighbours in Fraserview Village. Right up until his passing, he continued visiting with family and friends, who will miss his genuine, friendly manner and caring support. A Celebration of Life will be held at Meadow Gardens Golf Club, 19675 Meadow Gardens Way (off Lougheed), from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan.4. No flowers, but donations to a charity are encouraged. Messages can be sent to www.mapleridgefuneral.ca.