September 16, 1935 – November 16, 2019
Obituary of Raymond William David East, born September 16, 1935. Ray arrived 100 Mile House in the summer of 1970, with his wife Beverley and four small boys packed into a Volkswagen van. He knew little of the place, but there was work: the sawmills were humming and the village was growing. He almost certainly did not expect that he would fall in love
with the Cariboo or its people, or that he had found the place he would call home. He remained in 100 Mile long after his children had grown and moved away, and he resolved never to leave. It was only when the police arrived at his door during the Great Fire of 2017, evacuation order in hand, that he packed a few possessions in his van and left his home. He never returned. Ray passed away peacefully at the Florentine Senior Centre in Merritt on November 16, 2019.
Ray worked in the office at Weldwood sawmill, then later at 100 Mile Realty. He had a stubborn and independent streak, however, and he preferred to work for himself. Starting in the 1970s, “RWD (Ray) East, Tax Accountant” became part of the 100 Mile business and professional community. For many years, until 2001, Ray was a fixture on Birch Avenue,
across from Fields Department store. It was important to him – personally and professionally – to know his clients and to be part of the community.
Later in life, as his family grew and moved away, his clients became his outlet to the world, and he cherished them. In retirement he enjoyed his daily routine, paying bills in person, picking up his mail and groceries, saying hello to neighbours and friends.
Ray was a long-time member of the Lions Club, and later the Masons. As a Mason, he particularly enjoyed spending time with his nephew, longtime 108 resident Gordon Todd, whom Ray loved as a son. He was also a long-time member of the Royal Canadian Legion, whose books he kept for many years. He regarded his membership in these organizations with pride and honour.
Ray’s family wishes to thank the good people of 100 Mile House for welcoming him into your community. He is survived by sons David (Jacqui), Trevor (Melissa, and children Amelia and Julianna), Mark (Katy, and children Jonathan and Rosalind) and Stephen. He leaves behind his sister Verena (Clancy) and Leslie (Betty). Obituary-
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