Ray Leroy Roper
May 5, 1944 ~ November 29, 2013
Ray Roper passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Swan Valley Lodge in Creston, BC after a long battle with illness.
Ray was born in Pincher Creek, Alberta and moved with his parents to Creston when he was a young boy. His father owned and operated a paint, wallpaper and picture framing store and house painting business in Creston for many years. Ray went to work for him following his discharge from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1967.
In December of 1969 he married Betty-Jean Hook and they had two children, Bradley Albert and Kevin Lee. After the death of his father in 1982, Ray operated the house painting and picture framing businesses on his own until he became employed by School District #8. He retired from SD#8 in May of 2004 and moved to Midway, BC shortly thereafter.
Ray was an avid fisherman and the family spent many vacations at Kootenay Lake. Following his retirement he took up an interest in karaoke and entertained at many public and private functions.
Ray was predeceased by father Albert (Al) Roper; mother Olive (Ollie) Roper (nee Eddy); and son Bradley.
He is survived by son Kevin (Danette) and grandson Jackson Bradley Roper of Kimberley, BC; sisters Joan Ouchi and Marla Cook of Vancouver, BC; nephews Michael and Brett Ouchi and Craig Cook of Vancouver, BC; plus several cousins.
A Memorial Service was held at G. F. Oliver Funeral Chapel in Creston, BC on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm.