It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of James Duncan Wray on his 68th birthday in Victoria, British Columbia.
Duncan is survived by: Libby, his loving wife of more than 40 years; his brother Fred (Linda); sisters Eleanor and Joanie (Jim). He also leaves behind five adoring children: Jonathan (Anna), Andrew (Eliza), Nicholas (Julie), Erica (Jason) and Alexander (Ashley) as well as his grandson and namesake, James.
Duncan was born in Montreal and lived in many cities while pursuing his education and career. In 1986 he moved to Vernon, British Columbia, where he practiced as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon until 2011. In 1999, Victoria became his second home for a time, and again upon retirement. It was there where he was overjoyed to welcome his grandson and was looking forward to welcoming a second in March.
Duncan’s biggest loves were Libby and his children. His family meant everything to him. He was a devoted, loving and giving husband and father who cared tremendously and always supported his kids to pursue their dreams.
An avid photographer and traveller, Duncan loved to share the amazing photos he took with his wife by his side, across the world’s seven continents.
Duncan’s passion was his Vernon Vipers Hockey Club and the British Columbia Hockey League. For over 25 years he took immense joy in the sport of hockey and providing the opportunity for young men to achieve hockey, professional, and personal successes. It was the growth and development of the Vernon players that was the true reward for Duncan.
There will be a celebration of Duncan’s life at Kal-Tire Place in Vernon on January 20 from 3 pm to 5 pm.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the BC Cancer Foundation or another charity of your choice.