Raymond George Hutchison passed away peacefully on December 5, 2018 with his family by his side in his 87th year. Ray was born in Stratford, son of the late Leslie and Edith Hutchison and lived all of his life in Stratford.
Raymond was the devoted husband of the late Stella Hutchison, who predeceased him in 2014. Loving father of Andrew and his wife Sandra of Belleville, Nancy of Toronto and Janice Hicks and her husband Grant of Oakville. Proud grandfather of Robyn, Nicole and Connor Hicks. Fondly remembered by step grandchildren Jason and Michelle and step great grandchildren Kyion, Ivie and Griffin. Greatly missed by brother Les and his wife Margaret, many nieces and nephews and furry friend Sammy.
Raymond spent all of his years in Stratford, a city which he loved. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Anglican Church and was a lifelong member. Ray had fond memories of his days at the CNR shops and playing fastball, including the team that won the Juvenile Ontario Championships. Until recent years, Ray loved golfing at the Muni, and especially enjoyed the Thursday night Cooper league. He absolutely loved hockey and baseball and was a loyal Maple Leafs and Blue Jays fan, watching games whenever he could. But above all, Ray’s greatest joy in life was his family. He was always a hands on Dad and taught each of his children to play baseball, cheered as they played sports and in later years, passed on words of wisdom. He was a very proud Grandpa, who especially loved the weekly summer visits of each of his grandchildren. He let them drive his golf cart and watched endless movies with them, including the memorable Air Bud, when he reminded them that dogs can’t play baseball. Ray was a loving and caring Husband, Dad and Grandpa and we will miss him dearly.
The family extend a special thank you to the incredible staff at Spruce Lodge for their wonderful care and compassion.
Cremation has taken place. The funeral service will be held at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 9 Douro Street, Stratford on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 1 p.m. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Community Living Stratford and Area through the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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