Raymond Jocelyn Knight

Knight, Raymond Jocelyn born October 26, 1923 in Ladysmith, passed away peacefully December 9, 2003 in the Ladysmith Hospital.Ray was predeceased by his daughter Linda in December of 2000, and his son Clifford in October 2003, and a granddaughter in June 2003. Left to mourn his passing is his loving wife of 59 years, Mae, a son Donald (Dianne) of Dawson Creek, a daughter Sharon of Burnaby, his brother Clarence (Norah), of Ladysmith, daughter-in-law Elizabeth of Yellow Point, and son-in-law David of Ladysmith. As well Ray leaves behind seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Ray was an avid outdoorsman and collector and shared his knowledge of the history of this area willingly with writers, students and all who would listen as he related his many tales. Fourty seven years of his life were spent working with the youth of this community, first with Boy Scouts and later with Junior Forest Wardens. At this time of year, Ray would be on the street selling Christmas trees with a cheery word to all who came by.In the earliest days of the Ladysmith Search & Rescue group, Ray was one of several who used CB radios to locate those in trouble on our local hills. Ray was an honorary member of the Chemainus & District Museum and Ladysmith Historical Society, and a charter member of the Diggers Antique & Collectibles Club.Ray’s hobby and passion was collecting memorabilia and history of the local area and was often referred to as the “Town’s Historian”. Arrangements have been made at Telford’s Funeral Home, and family and friends are invited to a Memorial Tea in the Eagles Hall, Ladysmith on Thursday, December 18 at 1:00 pm. Donations in Ray’s memory may be made to the Ladysmith charity of your choice.

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