It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond Alexander Frank Wilkinson on Friday June 5, 2020. Ray is survived by his wife Gloria, son Kevin (Deborah), and granddaughter Katherine; daughter Vanessa, and granddaughter Emma.
Ray was born on March 29, 1937 in St. Boniface, Manitoba to Frank and Thelma (Nee Kran) Wilkinson. From 1937 – 1956 the family lived in McLennan, Alberta. In 1956 the family moved to Edmonton, Alberta where Raymond attended Victoria Composite High School, and then on to the University of Alberta to study Geology.
On November 3, 1962 Ray and Gloria (Nee Hewson) married. Ray then started his career with Imperial Oil as a Geologist. In 1962 Ray and Gloria moved to Regina, Saskatchewan and lived there until 1967. During their time there their son Kevin, was born on April 26, 1965. In 1967 the family moved to Edmonton Alberta. On March 19, 1967 Ray and Gloria had their second child, daughter, Vanessa.
In 1970 the family of four moved to Calgary, Alberta from where Ray taught offshore geology in Asia for 3 months. In 1972 the family moved to Toronto, Ontario, and during that time Ray obtained a Degree in Business through Dalhousie University. In 1975 the family moved back to Calgary for two years, then another move in 1977 to Darien, Connecticut, where he worked for Exxon, in New York City.
After their two years in the United States the family moved back to Calgary, where Ray and Gloria established their home in Springbank, their current home.
Ray retired from Imperial Oil as a Geologist and VP Exploration in 1989 and they purchased a ranch near Millarville, Alberta, where Ray developed a fish pond in 2005. On June 13, 2003 their first granddaughter Emma was born to their daughter Vanessa. On December11,2005 their second granddaughter Katherine was born to their son Kevin and Daughter-in- law Deborah.
Ray was not only a Geologist by trade, but a stubborn, artistic, genius who loved his family, was a player on the Wildcats and Golden Bears Football teams, a big fan of Canadian football, and was even drafted by a CFL team, but was unable to play due to an injury.
Ray loved the ranch and his fish pond.
It was on Friday June 5, 2020 that Ray passed away at their Springbank home with his wife Gloria by his side.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Condolences from family and friends
Posted by Barbara Baldwin | 12-Jun-2020
We were so very sorry to hear of Ray's passing and wish to express our heartfelt condolences to you, Gloria, and
your family. We know Ray will be missed very much by family, friends and colleagues. Our sympathy.
Doug and Barbara Baldwin.
Ray was a most wonderful brothers-in-law. His devotion to his family was so evident in all he did and planned for. He was a generous host at family/friend gatherings and his wit and hearty chuckle always livened the event. His amazing art, his genuine “tell it like it is” approach to life and the fun-filled family gatherings will remain high lites in our family forever. Rest well Ray and thanks for the memories. Much love to Gloria, Kevin, Vanessa,Deborah, Emma and Katherine from Gail and Ed Moisey