July 1, 1941 – July 14, 2019
It is with great sadness and with profound gratitude for his life that we announce the death of Raymond John Skelly on July 14, 2019 in Comox, BC.
Raymond was born on July 1, 1941 in New Westminster, the first child of Robert Daniel and Dorothy Skelly. He was educated in New Westminster and received his bachelor’s degree in psychology, and teaching degree, from SFU.
In 1963 he married Dorothy Lorraine Gray. Ray and Dorothy had three daughters; Christine Anna, Karen Geraldine, and Kathy Aline. In 1969 he moved his family to Comox, BC to take a teaching post at Robb Road Elementary School..
Throughout his teaching career he was active in the B.C. Teachers Federation. He was also active in Comox community affairs. In 1979 he left teaching when he was elected as Member of Parliament for the riding of North Island-Powell River which he served for the next 14 years. During his time in Parliament, Ray became critic for Western economic development, fisheries, and mines and energy. He was delegated by Parliament to investigate conflict in El Salvador and was honoured to represent Canada at the funeral of Indira Gandhi.
He leaves behind; daughter Christine and husband Greg McElheran, and grandchildren Jack, Matthew, and Briana; daughter Karen, granddaughters Madeleine, Emma, Evangeline, and Anna and great-grandson Carter; daughter Katherine and husband Geoff Thomas, and grandchildren Hayden and Sadie.
Also left behind are brother Robert and wife Alex (Victoria), sister Gail and husband Randy (Seattle), sister Isabel (Riverside), sister Catherine, brother Graham (Abbotsford), and sister Patricia (Edmonton) as well as many nieces and nephews who were extremely fond of their Uncle Ray.
A celebration of life will be held at Comox Valley Funeral Home Cremation and Reception Centre at 1101 Ryan Rd on Wednesday July 24th at 1 pm. Flowers gratefully declined. Ray’s family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Society of British Columbia, 600-890 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1J9
Comox Valley Funeral Home
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