26 October , 1945 – 17 September , 2018
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Raymond Gushulak announce his peaceful passing on Monday, September 17, 2018 at the Atikokan General Hospital with his family at his side. He fought a courageous two year battle with cancer.
Ray was born on October 26, 1945 in Fort Frances, Ontario to Jack and Katherine Gushulak. The family later moved to Sapawe, Ontario where many fond memories will always be remembered. At the age of eleven he moved with his family to Atikokan where they build a new home on Wright Street and Atikokan remained his home.
Ray had a variety of jobs in his lifetime. He was always a hard worker and not afraid of work. He worked on building the highway to Fort Frances from Atikokan. He worked at Sapawe for J.A. Mathieu then Steep Rock Iron Mines until they shut down. He worked for George Armstrong Construction in Dryden working on highway construction and Atikokan Highway 622 during the Atikokan Generating Station construction. He loved to operate heavy equipment. Then he returned to Sapawe and worked for many years for Atikokan Forest Products as a heavy equipment operator and a carpenter until its unfortunate closure.
In February 1969, he met his loving wife Bonnie on a blind date. They were married July 10, 1971 and celebrated their 47th anniversary this summer. Together they had two daughters and a son. Ray has always been a proud and loving husband and father. The births of his five grandchildren filled him with more joy.
Ray is survived by his devoted wife Bonnie; children, Jana (Wayne) Riches and Christie (Addis Garuk) and grandchildren, Griffin and Brayden Garuk; Owen, Corbin, and Paisley Riches.
Ray also will be missed by his siblings, Jean (Frank) Wojciechowski; Sister-in-law Bea Gushlak, Joyce (Lynn) Colvin; Dwayne (Lily) Gushulak; In-laws Walter Rogoza; David (Kelly) Rogoza; Donnie (Yvonne) Rogoza; Dale (Debbie) Rogoza and Ken (Cheryl) Rogoza as well as by numerous Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Ray was predeceased by both of his parents Jack and Katherine; his in-laws Matt and Ruth Rogoza; his infant son Glen Gushulak; his brother Norman and many aunts and uncles.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday September 22, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Riverview United Church in Atikokan, Ontario. Internment will be held at Little Falls Cemetery in Atikokan, Ontario.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Riches, Addis Garuk, Walter Rogoza, Don Rogoza, Henry Mason and Roger Machura.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Atikokan General Hospital Foundation or Riverview United Church Memorial Fund.
Weep not for me, I’m free from pain,
my earthly sufferings are o’er,’
I hope to meet you all again on a
peaceful, happy shore.
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Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Raymond Gushulak 2018.