Raymond Sowerby

Raymond Sowerby

Ray was born in Merritt, BC, September 9th 1925 where he lived with his parents Alfred and Hannah and five older siblings, Norman, Edna, Ernest, Yvonne and Dorothy. He was besotted with airplanes from an early age and had an extensive model airplane collection. Graduating high school in ’43, Ray joined the Air Force, but WWII ended and he went to UBC instead. He received his BA in ‘49 intending to become a dentist, but his love of flight led him to re-muster in ’52. He married Ann Macdonald in ’57 while stationed in Penhold, Alberta. Over the course of being posted in Canada and the US, they had three children Sheila, Jane and John. Ray had an interesting post war career during which he flew thirty different types of aircraft, accumulated 10,000 hours of flying time and achieved the rank of Squadron Leader. He “retired” with his family to Kelowna in ’72 where he co-owned Century 21 Black Mountain Realty with ex-Air Force chums. Ray was an avid golfer and curler and was active with the Air Force Association where he served as President and other positions. On May 12, 2010 Ray passed on with courage and dignity. He is survived by his wife, children and their spouses, Larry, Richard and Shauna and grandchildren Erin, Bennett, Logan, Rupert, Jackson and Sydney and his much loved cat Hannah. A celebration of Ray’s life will be held on Monday, May 17th at 2:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC…a farewell to an officer and a gentleman. In lieu of flowers a donation may be sent to Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 5L3.

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