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Raymond John Lockhart

June 15, 1954 - September 12, 2019


Ray Lockhart grew-up living across Canada on various air force bases, mostly on the prairies, with his parents and brother, Doug. He played hockey like a pro. He could skate like the wind. He was always running off with his fishing pole in hand, and he wasn’t afraid of hard work.

Then one day when he was 22 years old, Ray met his wife, Shelley. They were married a few years later and have been partners ever since. They always knew everything would be alright as long as they were together. For Shelly, Ray was her rock and best friend, and she loved him deeply. They raised two children (and three dogs over the years) together and created a beautiful life in their house in Maple Bay.

Ray’s family life consisted of fishing trips at Deep Bay with all his children, nieces, and nephews; tending to his abundant vegetable garden (boasting about his completely home-grown salad served with dinner); and adventuring with Shelly, whether they were jetting off to Mexico or having a honeymoon camping in the beautiful BC forests. He was loved by his son, Dustin, and daughter, Elena. He accepted and loved them unconditionally. As a father, he taught them to be strong individuals, to be kind to the less-fortunate, to pump the brakes in the snow, and how to survive in the wilderness.

Anyone who knows Ray knows how much he loved Scotland. He relished any and all opportunities to wear his kilt, sporting proudly the Lockhart tartan. And, although he hadn’t pursued post-secondary education, he had read practically every book on Scotish history and Scotland. He was truly a self-taught expert – majoring in a peaty, single-malt scotch, of course.

His passion was ignited in 1998 when he took his son and Scout troop to Scotland for an international Jamboree, camping on the Blair Atholl Castle grounds. After that, he was forever changed, holding that camp in his heart for the rest of his life.  He said when he would arrive and walk through those big camp gates, he would pause and think to himself, “I am home.”
He went on to take 7 groups of scouts to Scotland, including his children when they were involved with scouts and other troops long after his children were grown. Scouting was such a meaningful part of Ray’s life, and Ray had a meaningful impact on Scouting in the Cowichan Valley.

Ray was an integral part of the community. Ray had a loving faith and attending Duncan United Church religiously. He worked at the Church for many years as the custodian, taking pride in maintaining a space dear to his heart. Ray could also be found hosting the annual Robbie Burns night, participating in the Poppy campaign as a proud legion member, twirling his dance partner with the Scottish country dancers, or leading the Maple Bay Canada Day parade (in, you guessed it, his kilt). He owned his own landscaping business and many of his customers thought of him like family.

He was a kind, loving man. He was sweet and hardworking with a gentle steadfastness. One would never know that he used to be shy, because Ray Lockhart was anything but shy. He was a story-teller (often starting in the middle of his stories leaving you to catch-up on your own), and he would talk your ear off whether he knew you or not.

We love you Ray. You were loved by so many.

You will be with us forever in our hearts and in our memories.

Please join us to celebrate Ray’s Life this Saturday at 2:00pm, September 28th, 2019
At Duncan United Church, 246 Ingram Street.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Rita Baker
Relation: Friend

Dear Shelley…….big hugs to you! So very sorry to hear about Ray’s struggle. Our hearts 💕 and thoughts are with you, and your family!

From: Jeff Leggat
Relation: I knew Ray through the Duncan United Church

Ray was a wonderful member of the church I attend. He also was an avid gardener and my Mom and I were the lucky recipients of a few of his garden’s produce! Thank you Ray for your kindness and beautiful spirit!

From: Arnold May
Relation: Friend and fellow scouter

I’ll miss you Ray. You were a role model for being a solid good guy. There will always be fond memories of you planking a salmon by a cheery campfire. Godspeed.

From: May Geach
Relation: Friend

Shelley. I am so sorry to hear that Ray has passed. My thoughts are with you. Condolences to you and your family. Hugs and much love from The Geach family? Sorry I will not be at the service. Currently out of the country. Will call when I am home

From: Mary Anne Mcadam
Relation: Long time neighbour

We are shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Ray’s passing. We are currently in Oregon and will, unfortunately, not be home until the 29th of September. Please know that we share in your grief and will truly miss Ray, although it was often when he was looking for his dog Cailegh. If there is anything we can do to help we are only two doors away and will do whatever we can to help you through this difficult time. Sincerely, Steve and Mary Anne McAdam

From: Doug Drummond
Relation: Worked at Cowichan Valley Transit with

My condolences to wife and family. Ray and I started as transit operators at the same time and had much in common being close to the same age and of Scottish ancestry. Ray had a very cheerful disposition driving and was great to work around. What a loss to lose someone at such a young age. I’ll raise a dram of single malt in his honor.

From: Susan de Bree /correspondence Secretary & Poppy chair
Relation: Legion Comrade

To The Family Of Raymond Lockhart
RCL Cowichan Branch #53 wishes to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of your dear one
Raymond was much appreciated by the Poppy Campaign Chair for all his help.

From: Carol-Ann Rolls
Relation: Legion and Community volunteers

Offering my condolences to Ray’s family and friends. Over the course of our work in the community, our paths would cross many times through the years. Ray was always cheerful, offered a kind word, and supported volunteer efforts such as the Legion Poppy campaign. He will be missed.

From: Glenn and Wendy Robb
Relation: He was our son's scout leader

Dear Shelley, Dustin and Elena
We are so sorry for your tragic loss.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
September 28, 2019
Beginning at 2:00pm

Duncan United Church
246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada

246 Ingram Street
Duncan, BC Canada

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