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J. Raymond ("Ray") Marchand

Was an Electrical Engineer in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Worked on radio systems and in the Canadian Space Program

Worked on the development of computer systems

 

 

Passed Away in 2013 - Scroll Down for Obituary  

Décès en 2013 - Avis de décès au bas de la page  

 

 

Ray Marchand

 

Obituary  -  Avis de décès

J. Raymond ("Ray") Marchand

1930 - 2013

 

 

Ray Marchand

 

Survived by his daughters, Lorraine and Denise of the Ottawa region, and their mother Nicole Marchand (née Gauthier).

 

Son of the late Lucien Marchand of Rivière-du-Loup, QC and Thérèse Pelletier of St. Boniface, MB. Devoted brother to Laurette (the late Georges deMoissac, Georges Charlet), the late Denise (Sœur Hélène Lucille, Fille-de-la-Croix), Lucille (the late Henri Bazin), Maurice (Lise Payment), Hélène (the late Gérald Carrière, the late Denis Reid), and Marguerite (Roger Degagné).

 

He will be missed by all, including his many cousins, especially Robert Poirier and René La Rivière of St. Boniface, MB and nieces, nephews and friends living across Canada and the world.

 

Originally from St. Boniface, Ray was an electrical engineer in the RCAF. He and his young wife settled in the Ottawa-Hull Region in 1959 where he worked for the Canadian Federal Government.

 

From building crystal radios in college to the Canadian Space Program and the latest in personal computer systems, Ray loved all things technological. Passionate about space and telecommunications, he lived with his family and worked in Washington, DC (1965-68) for Intelsat, and as Science Councillor for the Canadian Embassy in Paris, France (1973-76).

 

After leaving the Government of Canada in the 1980’s, Ray worked as a consultant for CIDA, Telesat and the World Bank, among others, and authored the article, Satellites, Artificial for the Canadian Encyclopedia. His work took him to worldwide destinations where he enjoyed visiting new places, meeting the locals and learning about their cultures. An avid gardener, electric vehicle enthusiast and Old Tymers hockey player, Ray also loved music, played violin and repaired violins as a hobby. In his last years, Ray suffered from dementia due to advanced age. In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Alzheimer’s Society Canada.

 

A Memorial Funeral Mass will be held at St. Boniface Cathedral, 190 avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. Rev. Father Marcel Carrière celebrant. Interment of cremated remains will take place at a later date.

 

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 04, 2013

 

 

We were saddened to hear that Ray had passed away. I had visited Ray in The Poseidon on October 25, 2008 and we had a good chat about old times in DOC. Ray had been a great mentor and inspiration in the Department. He and Fred Green used the spare bay of my garage to work on their electric cars in the 70s. In 1984 I was based in Geneva and obtained a 1972 DAF which Ray hoped to convert to an electric vehicle. Sadly the Ontario Motor Vehicles Branch would not give us a licence without major modifications to the vehicle. Ray said it was the best electric car that was never built. He was a regular attendee at our spectrum managers monthly lunches until he moved back to Winnipeg. Even after that he came to the lunches when he was in visiting in Ottawa. He was a wonderful friend and is greatly missed.

John Gilbert

Ottawa, March 16, 2013

 

March-16-13
We were saddened to hear that Ray had passed away. I had visited Ray in The Poseidon on October 25, 2008 and we had a good chat about old times in DOC. Ray had been a great mentor and inspiration in the Department. He and Fred Green used the spare bay of my garage to work on their electric cars in the 70s. In 1984 I was based in Geneva and obtained a 1972 DAF which Ray hoped to convert to an electric vehicle. Sadly the Ontario Motor Vehicles Branch would not give us a licence without major modifications to the vehicle. Ray said it was the best electric car that was never built. He was a regular attendee at our spectrum managers monthly lunches until he moved back to Winnipeg. Even after that he came to the lunches when he was in visiting in Ottawa. He was a wonderful friend and is greatly missed.

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Ray Marchand

 

Il laisse dans le deuil ses filles Lorraine et Denise de la région d’Ottawa, et leur mère Nicole Marchand (née Gauthier).

 

Fils de feu Lucien Marchand de Rivière-du-Loup, QC et de Thérèse Pelletier de St. Boniface, MB. Frère dévoué de Laurette (feu Georges deMoissac; Georges Charlet), feu Denise (Sœur Hélène Lucille, Fille-de-la-Croix), Lucille (feu Henri Bazin), Maurice (Lise Payment), Hélène (feu Gérald Carrière; feu Denis Reid), et Marguerite (Roger Degagné).

 

Il sera manqué par toute sa famille, y inclue plusieurs cousins, surtout Robert Poirier et René La Rivière de St. Boniface, MB ainsi que ses nièces, neveux and amis partout au Canada et le monde.

 

Provenant de St. Boniface, Ray travailla dans le génie électrique dans les FCA. Avec sa jeune mariée, il s’est établi dans la région d’Ottawa-Hull en 1959 où il travailla pour le Gouvernement fédéral canadien.

 

Depuis ses jours au collège quand il construisait des radios à cristal jusqu’au Programme spatial canadien, ainsi que les systèmes d’ordinateur de dernière heure, Ray était éprit de la technologie. Passionné par l’espace et les télécommunications, avec sa famille il vécu et travailla à Washington, DC (1965-68) pour Intelsat, et dans le rôle de Conseiller scientifique pour l’Ambassade du Canada, Paris, France (1973-76).

 

Ayant quitté le Gouvernement canadien dans les années ‘80, Ray travailla comme consultant pour l’ACDI, Telesat et la World Bank, entre autres, et a écrit l’article Satellite pour l’Encyclopédie canadienne. Son travail l’amena partout dans le monde, où il s’intéressa à visiter de nouveaux lieux, à rencontrer les gens et d’en apprendre sur leur culture. Un jardinier avide, enthousiaste pour les voitures électriques, et joueur de hockey « Old Tymers », Ray aimait aussi la musique, jouait du violon et réparait les violons dans son temps libre. Ses dernières années furent marquées par la démence due au vieillissement. Au lieu de fleurs, veuillez offrir un don à la Société Alzheimer Canada.

 

Une masse funèbre commémorative sera tenue à St Boniface Cathedral, 190 l'avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg, mercredi 6 mars 2013 à 10h30 A.M. Rév. Célébrant : Père Marcel Carrière. L'inhumation des restes incinérés aura lieu à une date ultérieure.

 

Publié dans le Winnipeg Free Press le 4 mars 2013.

 

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