It is with great sorrow that the family of Raymond DeGagne announces his passing on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
He was born on Jan. 18, 1942 in Fort Frances to Ulysse and Emilia DeGagne, one of a dozen children, growing up on the family farm in Devlin, Ont.
He worked hard all of his life, driving tow truck, delivering milk, building cabinets, and fixing hydraulics. He was employed at the local papermill for more than 30 years, starting on the paper machines and retiring as a master journeyman pipefitter.
Ray was united in marriage to Susan Nadon on Oct. 13, 1961 and they were together almost 30 years before her passing in 1990.
He enjoyed fishing, curling, and golfing, and was an avid Blue Jays’ fan. He also always was ready to play a round of smear or a game of cribbage with his family and friends.
Raymond was a natural entertainer; he loved to host family gatherings at the cabin at Bears Pass in the summers and at his home during the winters. In the later years, Ray cherished wintering in Arizona with his brothers and cousins.
Family always knew his door was open to them.
Raymond leaves behind his sons, Greg (Tonia) and Barry (Monica); daughter, Barbe (Murray) Dennis; grandchildren, Nathan (Leah) and Sara DeGagne, Nicolas and Reed Dennis, and Lindsy and Joshua DeGagne; and great-grandchildren, Sophie Calder and Sirus DeGagne.
He also is survived by his siblings, Roger (Doris), Vinton (Arlene), Paul (Jan), Ed (Karen), Gerard (Betty), Marcel (Valdean), Louise (Roy) Cull, Emily (Bob) Bishop, and Yvonne Smelt; special friend, Marian Ogden; sister-in-law, Janis DeGagne-Nelson; as well as a large extended family of nieces and nephews.
Raymond was predeceased by his parents, Ulysse and Emilia; wife, Susan on April 30, 1990; brother, Leo DeGagne and sister, Aurise, and husband, Armand Manaigre; in-laws, Lionel and Alfeda Nadon; brother-in-law, Richard Smelt; and sister-in-law, Barb and Jim Gustafson.
A funeral mass will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fort Frances.
Interment will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Frances.
The pallbearers will be Craig Gustafson, Kevin DeGagne, Dwayne DeGagne, Lanny Cross, and Jamie DeGagne.
If friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to Rainycrest Auxilary or St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com.