Raymond Lodge Austin

Raymond Lodge Austin


Raymond Lodge Austin

1914 – 2014

Raymond Lodge Austin was born on Nov. 19, 1914 in Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia and passed away in Clearwater, B.C. on May 12, 2014 at the age of 99.

Raymond is predeceased by his wife Helen Austin, his son Vincent Austin, his stepsons Bill Adams and Skip Adams, his sister Agnes Skidmore, his brothers Wendell Austin and Kenneth Austin.

Raymond is survived by his son Ray Jr., stepdaughters Cindy (Gary) Shook, Rose (Johnny) Marlow, stepsons Terry Adams, Andy Adams, Danny Adams and many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Raymond spent the first 55 years of his life in Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia where he raised his two boys, Ray and Vincent. Ray was an energetic man who wasn’t scared of hard work. He built two homes, owned blueberry fields, a wood mill, horse logged, and loved his sugar bush.

Ray moved to B.C. in 1968. He sent word to Toronto to have his future wife Helen and family move to Kamloops so they could be together. They built their home in Clearwater, where they have resided since 1976. The past 41 years in Clearwater saw Ray as the carpenter at the Planer and Camp 2 sawmills until he was retired at the age of 72! From 1986 Ray has spent the last 28 years retired.  Retirement did not slow Ray down … he drove fast, built porch swings, paddles, and decided to teach himself how to build violins from his precious Nova Scotia birds-eye maple (he built 35 violins).  Oh yes, coffee at the Wells Gray and FISHING. Raymond loved the lakes of B.C. and was always mucking about in his large garden and berry patch.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, B.C. would be appreciated

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