Ray Alyman

Died: Tue., Mar. 13, 2018


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Mar. 17, 2018
Location: Hillside Funeral Services Ltd.

Celebration of Life

3:00 PM Sat., Mar. 17, 2018
Location: Hillside Funeral Services Ltd.

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Gone Fishing

Alyman, Ray. Ray (Rayfield) was born on Allumette Island on January 22nd, 1936 to Lila and Tom Alyman. His sisters, Inez, Florence, Marina, Roberta, Oletta, Veral, & Shirley, and his brothers Randy, Merrel & Garry, grew up with him in Temiscaming, Quebec. Ray was an easy-going and gentle father to his three children: Raphael (Alain Audet), Carrie (Allen Carpenter), and Shawn (Elisa Germain). His children remember him as a hard-working father who was always happy to instruct them on the intricacies of cleaning fish, using and putting away his tools properly, and driving the four-wheeler, ski-doo and outboard boat. Ray's six grandchildren brought on his biggest smiles; Tessa & Caytlin Alyman; Ava & Olivia Carpenter; and Cole & Thomas Alyman-Audet. This playful group will miss their good-natured grandpa. He will also be greatly missed by his canine companions Peeka & Foobers.

The joy of Ray’s life was spending time with his brothers (and brother-in-laws) fishing and hunting. He was an outdoor enthusiast who loved all aspects of wildlife and nature. In fact, were you to pour through his photographs, you would find as many pictures of Ray posing with fish and other woodland trophies, as you would find of him posing with friends and family.

A sports enthusiast to the very end, you would often come across him cheering on his favorite Toronto Sports team (the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs and Argos) or watching just about any televised sports-related activity or event.

He was a builder extraordinaire (homes, decks, docks, fences, etc.) and the vast majority of his friends and family have something in or around their home that he has put his hammer to.

Ray was an active Christian and a strong supporter of his church. The legacy most meaningful to him was the role he played in the construction of a church in Guinea-Bissau, Africa in 1992. He put his hammer to that too!

The thing he was most proud to have accomplished in his life was a 6-week extraordinary adventure to Australia and New Zealand with his daughter. It was on this journey that he crossed off more than one item from his bucket list including fishing for a Marlin.

Ray took pleasure in connecting with the people he met, wherever he happened to be. He had the ability to talk your ears off and was an enthusiastic, passionate storyteller that far exceeded the necessary detail to bring a story to life. In his later years, he was all talked out and became a quiet soul that happily observed the action from the sidelines.

He absolutely loved large family gatherings and was always in the thick of the action, especially at the Alyman Family Reunions. He would often reminisce about the Matheson “Alympics” Reunion that he hosted and was so very proud of. He and his family created and maintained the “Alymanac”, a family newsletter, for many years. He wore the badge of family historian and worked tirelessly to trace his family’s origins, which resulted in his entire clan being able to acquire official Metis status.

The family wishes to thank all the health care professionals at the North Bay Regional Health Center for their excellent care, and the extended family for all their support over the past few months.

The family invites friends to Hillside Funeral Services at 362 Airport Rd., North Bay, to visit from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, followed by A Celebration of Life Ceremony. Donations in Ray’s memory can be made to the North Bay Regional Health Centre- Palliative Care Unit.

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Liette Ladouceur Hey
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Sincere condolences to the Alyman family.

Terry and Mary Siltanen
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Our condolences to the Alyman Family , very sorry for your loss . We have fond memories Ray from our visits up north. May he rest in peace.
Terry and Mary Siltanen .

Rob Smith and Monique Punt
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Carrie, Al and family, our thoughts are with you today. Ray obviously loved well and was well loved. We wish you well as you deal with his passing.

Norm & Norma Teigen
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing, we remember him & all those years we walked through his front yard to swim off of his dock at Smith Lake. Our sincere condolences to all of his family.

Nancy Jill (Merleau) Adams
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
I,m so sorry for your loss.I remember your brother and he is all the things that have been written about him and he lived a full happy life.He will truly be missed.

Frank Kuntsch
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
My condolences to the Alyman generations I even called him Uncle Ray ... many hunts, fishing trips, family reunions, laughs and parties. One moment (among many) forever stands out in my mind is when he brought a stuffed “Purple Barney “ to the Moose hunt in Matheson and kept it by his bed. He mentioned that he knew what our plans were but that it was his granddaughter’s (Tessa ... I believe) and she gave it to him. “Touch it and you will see a Grandfathers wrath ... Barney was always safe with us at the moose camp :):) love ya Ray ❤️❤️

Royal and Frances Ann (Dunlop) Malette
   Posted Wed March 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy to all the family

Angie Malboeuf Lightle
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
So very for your loss, I remember him to be a kind loving father. He will be missed.

Steven Draves
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Saddened to hear of the loss of Ray. I remember Ray making deliveries for Ginn and McLeans in Matheson over the years while working for Hembruff and Dambrowitz as a much younger person. I had several opportunities to listen to stories from Ray while visiting or working out at their place in Callander. No doubt he will be missed.

Terry & Sandy Alyman
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Our family's deepest sympathies go out to all of "Uncle Ray's" children, grandchildren, sisters, family and friends. Uncle Ray has and always will have a special place in our hearts. So many great memories of fishing trips, cribbage games, BS Poker with his brothers, and so many amazing stories.

We owe our families roots and Metis status to Uncle Ray, who worked tirelessly to search our past. His legacy for this and other works will last forever.

The only thing that lightens this sad news is the image of Ray, Gary, Randy, and dad playing BS Poker .... "would you believe?!? ".... as they laugh their heads off!

May all of the great memories of Uncle Ray comfort you during this time of loss.

Terry, Sandy, Katie, Alie & Pat

Simon and Val Beadle
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Our hearts go out to you during these days as you remember your Dad and feel the loss of him passing away. Although these days are not easy we hope that knowing we are walking with you, even at a distance, by our prayers will be a source of strength.

Eva and Roy Saari
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Shawn, Elisa and families. We send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. Thinking of you.

Dave and Carol Haley
   Posted Thu March 15, 2018
Condolences to all those who loved him and will sadly miss him we remember great times at the church' fish fries. Also will never forget his enthusiastic testimony ( all the time grinning) that he had tested God and found it to be true that he could not outgive God . NOw he is in the presence of the Lord still grinning.

Dennis and Jocelyn Trepanier, and Family
   Posted Fri March 16, 2018
Goodbye Uncle Ray,

We miss you. We enjoyed every moment of every visit, including this summer. Especially the stories. I imagine you fishing with Jesus and making him laugh holding your hands out wide to describe how big it was, the last one that got away.

Till we meet again, in heaven.

Marjolaine & Normand
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
Dear Raphael, Alain, Cole & Thomas: to you and all your family
Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. 💜

Elias and Sharon Nascimento
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
Your Dad/ Grandpa was such a pleasure to know. The kindness and joy of Jesus flowed through him and blessed all of us. He has definitely been missed in our Matheson Church and community. I always laugh remembering him coming to Guinea Bissau and hanging out with all of these young adults. He even slept a night on the beach and went hunting for wild boar! In honour of Ray my Mom, Edith Bustard is joining with us to send $200.00 to one of the African men Ray met. Joao Lagna now has a family and is in the Lord's work there.

Emilie, Bretton and Tanner Alyman
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
I am very sorry to all of the Alyman family for the loss of Ray. He was a very special person. I loved all the stories, the endless laughter, and the uniqueness of the family reunions. I will never forget the unconditional support/help given by Ray along with all of the Alyman's who came out west to help us, and will always be indebted to you. Priceless!! You are very much in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill Bustard
   Posted Sat March 17, 2018
Ray was remarkable, a great example of how we should live. We toured to Africa in 1992, spending 5 weeks together. Everyday was an adventure and Ray was a large part of its success. I haven't seen him in years, but have so many great memories. When I think about Ray Alyman, I just smile.

I truly know you're home Ray

Peter & Lucy Luxton
   Posted Sun March 18, 2018
We wish to offer our condolences to Ray,s
Family. We always enjoyed Ray.s visits to the Soo

Marilyn and Chris Sutherland
   Posted Mon March 19, 2018
It was a real pleasure to get to know Ray at Southshore Church. We are sorry for your loss.

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