Raymond Lawrence Jones, age 92, of Stratford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Spruce Lodge on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Born in Stratford, son of the late Alfred and Rosella (Glabb) Jones. Ray is survived by his best friend and true love of 68 years, Jean (Roth) Jones. Ray was a lifelong resident of Stratford and retired from Kroehler Furniture after 49 years as an upholsterer. Ray was a hobby farmer and an avid hunter in his younger years and always had time to stop and enjoy a conversation. Ray is the proud father of Kathy (Richard) Wilker, Dennis (Marianne) Jones, and Brenda (Murray) Patterson. Much loved grandfather to Jason (Sherry) Wilker, Todd Wilker, Heather (Daryl) Gear, Melissa (Frank) Duebbers, Erin Jones (Trevor Gingerich), Stephanie (Grant) Evans, Lauren Patterson (Matt Doughty) and Cody Patterson. Great grandfather to 13 great grandchildren. Ray will be fondly remembered by the Roth family and his many nieces and nephews. The family would like to sincerely thank all the doctors, nurses, and staff at Spruce Lodge for the wonderful care and compassion given to Ray over the last 12 years. Words cannot express our thanks and gratitude to you for becoming Dad’s family when COVID prevented us from being there. We would call to see how he was, and your answer is something we will always hold near to our heart, “Bright Eyes and Smiles” was the reply. In keeping with Ray’s wishes, cremation will take place. The family will hold a private graveside service, with interment in St. James Anglican Church God’s Holy Acre in June. Besides his parents, Ray was predeceased by grandchildren Brianne and Daniel Patterson in infancy, his mother and father-in-law Alvin and Ruby (Jacobs) Roth and his brothers Jack (Gertie), Allan, and sister Beverley. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke foundation through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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