Raymond Lodge Austin was born on November 19, 1914 in Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia, and passed away in Clearwater, BC, on May 12, 2014 at 99 years of age. Raymond was predeceased by his wife Helen Austin, his son Vincent Austin, stepsons Bill Adams and Skip Adams, his sister Agnes Skidmore, and by his brothers Wendell Austin and Kenneth Austin. Ray is survived by his son Ray Jr., stepdaughters Cindy (Gary) Shook, and Rose (Johnny) Marlow, and stepsons Terry Adams, Andy Adams, and Danny Adams. Also many step grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Raymond spent the first 55 years of his life in Collingwood Corner, Nova Scotia where he raised his two boys Ray and Vincent. Ray was an energetic man who wasn’t scared of hard work. He built two homes, owned blueberry fields, a wood mill, horse logged, and loved his sugar bush. Ray moved to BC in 1969. He sent word to Toronto to have his future wife Helen and family move to Kamloops so they could be together. They built their home in Clearwater where they have resided since 1976. The past 41 years in Clearwater saw Ray as the carpenter at the planer and Camp 2 sawmills until he was retired at the age of 72! From 1986 Ray has spent the last 28 years retired. Retirement did not slow Ray down….he drove fast, built porch swings, paddles, and decided to teach himself how to build violins from his precious Nova Scotia birds eye maple (he built 35 violins). Oh yes, coffee at the Wells Gray and FISHING. Raymond loved the lakes of BC and was always mucking about in his large garden and berry patch. In lieu of flowers donations would be appreciated to Dr Helmcken Memorial Hospital, 640 Park Drive, Clearwater, British Columbia.Print This Obituary & Condolences