Ray Norgate
Sunday
26
June

Visitation at Funeral Home

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Jones Funeral Home
11582 Trafalgar Road
Georgetown , Ontario, Canada
Sunday
26
June

Memorial Service

1:00 pm
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Jones Funeral Home
11582 Trafalgar Road
Georgetown , Ontario, Canada

Obituary of Ray Norgate

John Raymond Norgate

August 29, 1936 - June 12, 2022

 

Ray Norgate died peacefully in Georgetown Hospital on the morning of June 12 with family by his side.

 

Ray is survived by his two daughters, Kelly (Eric) and Andrea (Peter), his grandchildren, Joey and Georgia and his loving partner Ann French. Ray was the older brother to Diane Peet, Allan (Teresa) and Jackie Speare (Glynn). He is predeceased by his parents Margaret (nee Maunder Foote) and Ernest Raymond Norgate.

 

Ray was born and raised in West Hamilton. He excelled in high school, earning him a full scholarship to Royal Military College in Kingston. During his time at RMC, Ray served on the HMCS Haida where he loved to recount those adventures.  

 

Ray earned a BSc in Chemistry from McMaster University and later accepted a job at Atlas Steel in Welland, Ontario. For fun, he joined the local little theatre company where he met a make-up girl, his future wife, Betty. Being far-sighted, Ray played a pirate and nearly fell off the stage because he was not allowed to wear his glasses! Ray married Betty (nee Wicks) in 1963.  

 

Ray began his career with Texaco Canada (later Imperial Oil) as a chemist in the lubrication division. At Imperial Oil, Ray traveled widely and often to Houston, Texas. His job took him down mines, aboard oil rigs and inside the engine rooms of many steamships. 

 

Ray was received as a member of the Free Masons in 1969, a proud family tradition.  

 

In 1978, the family moved from London to Georgetown where they enjoyed long summer days by the pool and many wonderful parties and family celebrations. He was an active member of North Halton Golf and Country Club in both Tennis and Curling.  

 

He had an enviable intellect - he was well-read, a master of crosswords and loved classical music and a good "dad joke". He was also a consummate handyman, routinely taking on formidable home improvement projects such as the large conservatory added to his house in Georgetown.  

 

Ray retired from Imperial Oil after a long, fulfilling career where he made life-long friends. When Betty passed away in 2002, he was devastated. His days were dark for a long time until he met his partner, Ann.  

 

Ann and Dad enjoyed many happy years together, living well and travelling the world. 

 

He was a kind and loving partner and spouse and an amazing Dad and Grandad who loved spending time with family. He adored us all. Always so proud and always there for us through our ups and downs. He taught us to enjoy every moment life has to offer.  

 

Ray is lovingly remembered by Ann's children Rob (Carolyn), Andrew (Alison) and Jennifer and grandchildren Avery, Jackson, Reid and Miles.

 

A memorial service will be held at Jones Funeral Home, 11582 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown (905) 877-3631 on Sunday, June 26, 2022. There will be a visitation from 12 noon to 1:00 pm. The Celebration of Life begins at 1:00 PM followed by a reception. Family and friends are invited to attend in person or watch the service from home via a livestream. Memorial contributions to Parkinson Canada or Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills would be appreciated. 

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