Que ce message vous apporte le témoignage d'une sympathie profonde et sincère.
Loran Raymond (Ray) Ball, 83, of Ottawa, Ontario, passed away on August 12, 2020 after a lengthy illness. He was born to parents Loran and Isabel Ball, on 12/11/1936 in Granby, Quebec.
Ray was the adoring and dedicated father of Karen (Ottawa), James (San Diego) and Stephen (Calgary). He was also the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren - Kaitlyn and Lauren (Karen), Jeremy, Cynthia, Christopher (James), Amanda, Matthew, Julia, Katie (Stephen).
Ray leaves behind numerous other family members, including his treasured sister, Leona, as well as many close friends from Lions Club, Retired Teachers and many other close friendships he developed over the years. Ray was an invaluable member of the many Lions clubs that he served, and most recently, as a LIFE Member of the Cumberland Lions Club. Also, the praiseworthy and commendable contributions that he made as a member of the District A4 Lions Cabinet were truly appreciated and touched many lives. Ray earned many awards of recognition, including the Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship Medal which recognizes outstanding Canadian Lions and is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed in Lionism in Canada and the Melvin Jones fellow for dedicated humanitarian services.
As a youth in Granby, Quebec, Ray attended Granby High School while sneaking out a classroom window on occasion to go to the pool hall or play a round of golf on the course beside his house.
As an adult, after graduating from Bishops University with his BA, and then BEd, he worked as a History teacher, Principal, Guidance counselor and Head of Guidance for over 40 years in Quebec and Ontario, obtaining first a MEd and then an MA in Special Education from OISE, and retiring from Central Algoma Secondary School in Northern Ontario.
Ray connected so quickly with people as he was always genuinely interested in other people's life stories and making connections, developing strong relationships, always respecting and enjoying the diversity of people's experiences. Walking through the mall in Sault Ste. Marie could often take an extended period of time as many acquaintances, as well as current and former students, stopped Ray to say hello. He always remembered their names and stories. His generosity to anyone in need meant that the family would sometimes wake up in the morning to find a stranger sleeping on the living room couch.
Ray was a role model to his children in many aspects of parenting as his children and grandchildren always knew that they could count on his unwavering support and presence, no matter how far he had to drive or in what kind of weather. Ray attended every celebration, big or small, for his children and grandchildren. In Ottawa, Ray was well-known as the number one fan for his granddaughters' soccer and hockey games.
Ray was definitely King of the Road Trips, with the family (and others) all piling into the station wagon for a day trip involving a hike somewhere or a longer adventure when school was on break. Somehow, no matter how much Ray had to pack into the car, he always managed to carve out a spot at the back of the station wagon for the boys to play cars or one child to stretch out (pre-mandatory seat belts).
Ray loved the family cottage at Lac d'Argent in Quebec, both as a child growing up there with his parents and grandparents, and watching his children and grandchildren enjoy the same experiences. Ray ensured that the children had opportunities to experience all different types of outdoor and indoor activities, looking for sport and educational activities in all kinds of weather. Although Ray and Pat (married in 1961) divorced after twenty-six years of marriage, they continued to have an amicable relationship as sharing special occasions and supporting children and grandchildren continued to be a joint priority.
Ray's family would like to thank his wide circle of friends, local and across Canada, who visited and called him frequently during his lengthy illness. The calls and visits meant a lot to him and to our whole family. We would also like to thank Baylor Johnson for providing companionship care to our father during his lengthy inpatient stay. He loved being taken out to the garden at St Vincent and watching home reno shows together.
A celebration of Ray's life will be held at Lac d'Argent on Saturday, August 22 at 2pm, with immediate family in attendance. Friends are welcome to join by Zoom to share in reminiscing.
The link may be found to join the family in celebrating Rays' life at,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Club projects below:
Camp Banting, C / O CHEO Foundation, 415 Smyth Rd, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M8 www.cheofoundation.com
Lions Foundation of Canada, 152 Wilson Street, Oakville, ON L6K 0G8 www.dogguides.com