Raymund “Ray” Paul Nicol of Midway, B.C. passed away on October 3, 2012 at the age of 67 years. He is survived by his family, brothers and sisters, Greg (Linda) of Kamloops, Phillip of Lytton, Louise (Art) Stoll of Scotch Creek, Stephen (Katharine) of Vancouver, Matthew of Blue River, Janine (Brad) Filmer of Taylor, Teresa (David Pringle) of Westwold, Della (Willy) Faremo of Surrey, (all in B.C.), and numerous nieces and nephews, all over. Predeceased by his parents Ellen (1998), Ray (2000) and his nephew Nathan Raymund (2004).
Raymund was born in Calgary and was the oldest of nine children. He was raised in Coquitlam, and being an impatient youth, he quit St. Thomas Moore high school at a young age and joined the Navy, thus beginning his seafaring adventures. In the early ’60s, Raymund graduated with honours as an Ordinary Seaman with RCN from HMCS Cornwallis, near Digby, Nova Scotia before moving back home and attending Simon Fraser University.
The rest of the ’60s and ’70s were spent travelling, furthering his naval career and education, including securing his European ticket. Ray worked as a mate on deep sea tankers as well as with Dome Petroleum, on an icebreaker in the Canadian arctic. Most of his tanker time was on 100,000 ton ships running between the Middle East and Europe. He actively pursued his passions for automobiles, motorcycles, and scuba diving.
The next few decades Raymund transitioned naturally from land to sea to land again. He started doing his “horse thing” in Sumas, B.C. while having many adventures during his tenure with Seaspan, before finally settling in Midway. He will be remembered as an avid reader, a world traveller, for his love of the symphony, and opera, for his passions of politics, history, and aviation, and especially his equine companions.
Family and friends gathered October 13, 2012 at the Midway Community Hall for a celebration of Raymund’s life, where family and friends reminisced of his past and last experiences.
Arrangments were entrusted to Grand Forks Funeral Home.