Raymond Gauthier

Raymond Donald Gauthier

Saturday, July 10th, 1965 - Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
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July 10, 1965 – July 29, 2020
Family man, Nature Lover, lazy boy wooer Raymond passed away unexpectedly with his family surrounding his bedside at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. Raymond lived 1000 years in his 55 calendar years.
Raymond adored and had extreme pride in his children and grandchildren. In his words they were “the loves of his life.” Sheldon Aarts, Jessica Philbin (Mike), Beau-Ray Gauthier and Antoine Gauthier (Paige Wolf). Link Orion Aarts and Xander Logan Aarts. And “Little Louis” who will be born in January 2021. He is survived by his loyal, loving wife of 25 years Karen Gauthier of Olds, Alberta. Sisters Louise Gauthier (Randy Sobol) of Sudbury Ontario, Laurette Carle of Timmins, Pauline Gauthier-Johnson (Lyle) of Toronto, Ontario , Madeleine Gauthier of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Luce Webb (Bob) of Olds, Alberta. He loved his nieces and nephews that are so plentiful. He would recount stories of each of them individually, with a smile on his face. Raymond was predeceased by his father Laurent Gauthier and his mother Jeanne D’Arc.
His sister Marguerite Gauthier (1979), His twin brother Rene Gauthier (1985) His brother Pierre Gauthier (2009) and Victor Carle, his sister Laurette Carle’s late husband (2012). Suffice to say the slayers of campfires duo Vic and Ray have reunited and there will be an eternal flame in heaven – campfire style accompanied by a cigar. Raymond was proud of his Metis heritage and to this day was actively trying to recover the records of his great grandmother’s heritage. He was proud that he was a self-made man and he and Karen worked hard to provide their children a legacy. He encouraged his children and grandchildren to love the outdoors and to respect nature. He very often would provide new experiences for the kids to enjoy. The last outing was ice climbing. He enjoyed family times particularly Christmas, where he would pain staking hang the Christmas decorations and always ensured the baby Jesus was placed in the Creche Christmas morning. He was a sentimental man who found joy in simple things and wouldn’t throw one craft the children and grandchildren made him away. Ray had many hobbies: Hiking, sailing, climbing, gardening, reading, skiing, woodworking, a good mystery, history, quadding and cooking his favourite recipes. He made a mean brisket, soups and lamb piquant. He chose not to work with the “baby power”, he chose to work in the Powerline Industry. In 2000 Raymond received his Journeyman Powerline Certificate. He found it exhilarating to hang from a helicopter and fix the damaged transmission powerlines in South Alberta. Stories would come home weekly of the wildlife viewings, adventures and jokes that were shared amongst the guys. At this time Raymond started climbing mountains and took up in line skating. After making the Calgary Sun headlines in 2002 from falling ten stories from a transmission line in Milo and surviving. He opted for an office job in downtown Calgary. It was then that he developed a personal relationship with the Queen Elizabeth II highway. The time on the road allowed him to conjure up the conceptualization of owning a farm to develop his piece of heaven and other inventions to become a millionaire. And he never gave up on his lotto 649! He was so excited he won $1000 last month. In 2019 he received his 25-year watch from Altalink. From the beginnings at Transalta in Olds to his end at Altalink in Calgary he knew every powerline assigned number across Alberta. Many friendships were forged by joining forces to keep the lights on in Alberta. He would roll up his sleeves and help anyone who asked and had a soft spot for the underdog. He volunteered for the Olds Fire Station for many years. He achieved his ambulance attendance certificate and finished three years of nursing before he decided he was going to move out west. Where he learned how to frame houses. Rays favourite song was Van Morrison's song – Into the Mystic. It seems fitting to end his obituary with these words:
We were born before the wind
Also, Younger than the sun
Ere the Bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic.
May your journey be peaceful and full of love into the mystic Raymond as you deserve that and more. Thank you for all that you gave to us as a family.
He came, he conquered, we will miss his presence. Not a day will go by that we won’t think of him and how he loved us all.
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Arlene and Bill Ritchie

Posted at 10:22pm
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Ray's death. Bill and Ray worked a long time together and he will be missed. Our hearts go out to Karen and all the family. We are thinking of you now and in the days ahead. Arlene and Bill Ritchie

Wendy Ratke

Posted at 01:40am
Our heartfelt deepest sympathies to Karen and family. So sorry for your loss. We have so many great memories of Raymond from both TransAlta and Olds Fire Department. He was a loyal and true friend.
Garry and Wendy Ratke

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