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Raymond Thom

May 19, 1926 - January 10, 2016


Ray passed away peacefully at Sunridge Place on Sunday, January 10. He was laid to rest in a private ceremony on January 16 at Mountain View Cemetery. Ray will be remembered and deeply missed by his wife Ruth; children Patricia (Joe), David, Stephanie (Chuck) and Jennifer (Lucas); grandchildren Asher, Sammy, Nolan, Clara and Myles; brother William (Margo); sisters Georgina, Sylvia, Diana (Allan), and Bonita (Bill); sister in-law Mary; and his many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. Ray was predeceased by his father Charlie Onn, mother Alice and siblings Gilbert, Margaret and Douglas. He was born in Nanaimo BC and grew up in Duncan. As a child, he delivered the local newspaper and helped his family at their dry cleaning business and the retail store Charlie Onn Company. Ray graduated from high school, studied commerce at the University of British Columbia and then returned to work at the family store. Ray and Ruth were married in 1960 and spent the next years as owners of Charlie Onn’s Menswear and Shoes, raising their four children and enjoying their five grandchildren. Ray was a member of the Kiwanis and a volunteer for Scouts Canada. He was very proud when Charlie Onn Company was recognized in 2010 for its role in the Chinese community and the business centre in Duncan. Ray especially loved being with his family whether it was taking a vacation, going on a picnic, or just spending time together. He will be most remembered for his kind and gentle nature as well as his generosity and sense of humour. For his family and friends, to be with Ray meant laughing, enjoying life (and good food!) and valuing moments shared with others.

The family wishes to thank Drs. H. R. Gilbert and W. R. Nielsen, the Cowichan District Hospital, Sunridge Place and those involved in Ray’s health for the exceptional care he received.

An afternoon tea will be held at The Quamichan Inn, 1478 Maple Bay Road in Duncan at 1:00 – 3:00 pm on Sunday, January 31, 2016 to celebrate Ray’s life and share stories of your times with him. Condolences and RSVPs by Monday


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

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

From: Jerry and Phelma Lundahl
Relation: business and personal

Thinking of you at this time. It was a privilege to know Ray We knew them as I taught one of their children, scouting, and I knew his wife

From: Fred Crockett
Relation: Old Friend

Ruth, Ray was one of the special people. My thoughts are with you and your family. Fred Crockett, Burlington, Ontario.

From: Deanna Behm (Landy)
Relation: Relationship - How did you know the deceased?

My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of the family. Such a kind gentleman who will truly be missed by all. I have many fond childhood memories growing up spending time with “The Thom” family. RIP Mr. Thom. It was truly an honour to have known you. Sincerely, Deanna

From: Larry & Bea Landy & Family
Relation: Family friends

Many wonderful years of memories the Landy family has with the Thom family. Especially the many shared trips to Cowichan Bay when the boys were dropped off or had to be picked up also Cubs, Scouts, Brownies & Girl Guides… Thinking of the very special family of Ray Thom’s … Fond memories for us.

From: Malcolm Crockett
Relation: Friend

Very dear Ruth and family,
Many fond thoughts are with you at this time of loss and transition. For so many years Ray and you could be depended on to provide treasures of exceptional quality to the community: you sold me my first Harris Tweed sports jacket, leather driving gloves, those blue oxford cloth button down shirts, and the best ties, but the greatest of treasures were that you two, season after season were always there. Always a cheerful greeting, informative updates on the successes of a colleague I’d lost touch with..; thank-you for your many years of attending family functions and Ray’s unique tact – and wit, “…You’re looking prosperous!” I’m so appreciative that when you were leaving the store, Ray gave me one of the revolving tie display stands. I’ll always treasure it and remember… So good to see you and Ray last summer, and allowing me to share that even the strongest, most loving and best of us can struggle with the challenges of compassion fatigue. I am so sorry I will be on an assignment and unable to condole with you at Ray’s memorial. Hope to see you soon to let you know in person how my family and I will always fondly remember Ray’s many fine qualities and that we – and many in the community – were so privileged to know him. With deep and sincere sympathy, M.

From: mike & barb coleman
Relation: friend

Ray was a fine man, a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, businessman, and citizen. His passing is a great loss to the whole community.

From: Judy Hill
Relation: business/friend

I would like to express my condolences to Mrs. Thom and family. I remember Ray as a kind and gentle soul.

From: Robert R Chow
Relation: friend of the family

Rest In Peace to Mr. Thom and may peace continue for his family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 31, 2016
Beginning at 1:00pm

Quamichan Inn
1478 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada

1478 Maple Bay Road
Duncan, BC Canada

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