On October 9th 2010, Ray Crossley passed away suddenly in his home.
Ray was born in St. Catharines, Ontario August 14, 1959. After graduation from high school, Ray worked in the restaurant industry and the oil patch.
Starting a new career in the youth services sector, Ray moved to North Vancouver and worked with the Canadian Mental Health Association as a woodworking instructor and youth counselor. He met his wife Susan in North Van and married in 1990. After 4 years, Ray and Susan moved to Prince George where Ray was a member of The Caribou Action Training Society.
After four years in Prince George, Ray and Sue moved to Comox, BC where Ray took a position with the Youth Outreach program for the Comox Valley Family Services Association. Both Ray and Susan loved Comox which was a great place to raise their two children, Liam and Aidan.
Ray was active in the community with Adolescent Resources Line Workers Network and the Community Justice Center. He was elected to Comox Valley council in 2005 and maintained that being on council lead to some of the most gratifying work in his life. Ray was very active in the development of The Comox Recreation Center and the Town’s new library and served on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. Ray also ran a business in the Comox Valley called the Ambassador Shuttle Service.
Ray was predeceased by his wife Sue in 2001, is survived by his sons Liam, Aidan, Jason and Tyler. Ray is survived by his father Wilbert Crossley, mother Jackie Laliberte, brother Glenn (Gina) and sister Brenda and Carol, nieces and nephews.
He will be missed by his many friends and family members. The memorial will be held at Mark R Isfeld Secondary School Friday October 15 at 6 PM. 1551 Lerwick Road, Courtenay.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made towards a trust fund set up for Liam and Aidan at any TD Canada Trust branch.