Rheal Lalonde

Rheal Joseph "Ray" Lalonde

Thursday, March 10th, 1927 - Thursday, November 12th, 2020
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Ray, age 93, in his home on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was predeceased by his beloved Marion, his wife of 64 years. He is survived by his children Bernadette Lyons (the late Fergus), Barry (Sandra Bovard), Debbie Maillet (Pierre), Danny (Cheryl Newton), Gloria Dickie (Richard). He was a loving brother (11), Grampa (11), Great-Grampa(19) and Great-Great Grampa(3). He sure set the bar high in each of these roles!

Ray worked at Clark Dairy Ltd. for 44 years. It was this work that sparked his love of milk bottle and dairy memorabilia collecting. He helped establish The Ottawa Milk Bottle Association so that like minded collectors could come together to share this passion. He will also be remembered for all his work with the Glebe Annex, especially for his role in the construction of the local park for the neighborhood children as well as his love of antiques.

We would like to thank all the family and friends and a special thanks to Dr. Jen Lamont and all the doctors, PSWs and nurses who worked tirelessly together to make possible Ray’s wish to remain in his home until it was time to join Marion.

At a future date, a celebration of Ray’s life will be held for all those who wish to honour him…We love you Dad! You will be greatly missed by all that knew you.

Donations can be made in his honour to CHEO.

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Katelyn Lalonde

Posted at 11:35pm
Great Granda Ray will hold a very special place in my heart and my family’s hearts. Ray was such a fun and welcoming presence as a newcomer to the Lalonde clan. He so loved our kids Lucy and Tim and I will forever hold happy memories of them with Ray. I will miss you lots Ray, I hope you are just as fun and friendly up there as you were down here :) Also, many thanks to everyone in the Lalonde family and his health care team for caring for Ray and helping him die peacefully at home.

Heidi Thomson

Posted at 01:32pm
Mookie and I will miss visiting Ray on our walks around the neighbourhood. Mookie reminded Ray of his former dog, Cass. Walks won't be the same and Ray will be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of sitting with Ray on his front porch. He shared many wonderful stories. I was lucky to hear his laughter, to see his big smile, and to be the recipient of many hugs! No doubt dogs will be visiting that porch for years to come. Wonderful also to have met so many of his family over the years. Ray was a very blessed and loved man. - Heidi

Anne Carey

Posted at 10:21pm
We are so thankful to have had Ray as a neighbour. Our boys loved stopping by to help water his flowers and chat. He knew everybody and shared wonderful stories - it was something special to sit and hear about what the neighbourhood used to be like. He was an enthusiastic, generous, and caring. He will most definitely be missed. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wonderful family.
Love Annie, Brandon, James & Jack

Erma & George Brown

Posted at 07:56pm
Ray has been a kind-hearted, genuine friend ever since he and George met at Clark Dairy 50 years ago. They shared a keen interest in milk bottle collecting and the history of dairies. Ray was always Geo's resource for information about bottles or dairies. Over the years we regularly met up at antique shows/sales, milk bottle picnics and lots of auctions. Apparently, sandwiches that Marion had packed for Ray were often shared with George. These events usually included sharing a meal together at a restaurant, when inevitably the conversation would wonder back to guess what... milk bottles /dairies! More recently, due to health issues and then Covid, contact with Ray had been restricted to telephone chats. We will truly miss him and remember him.
Ray was very proud of his family. Our sincere sympathy is with all of you.... Erma & George

Doug Baines

Posted at 06:34pm
I have fond memories of spending time with my uncle Ray as we'd hunt down and restore old buggies and antiques. He was a positive male role model at a time when I had none. Much love and respect, rest in peace uncle Ray.

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