Raymond Leslie Chivers passed away suddenly and peacefully at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the early morning of Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the age of 75 years. Ray was the third child born to Thomas and Florence Chivers on February 6, 1945. He was born with a loving heart and always went out of his way to do for others. Giving to those around him was always important to Ray and people would often comment on his giving nature. Stories were often told of how Ray would use his allowance to buy small presents for family or chocolate bars for his Mom.
Ray grew up in Edmonton and relished his childhood playing with his siblings and friends in Queen Elizabeth Park. After attending King Edward School, Ray attended both Strathcona and Jasper Place High Schools. Ray pursued a career in the insurance industry and worked at various agencies in Edmonton. Ray met and married his first wife, Joan Smith in 1968 and was blessed with daughter Tracey. Ray married his second wife, Wendy Hanlan in 1971 and made their home on the Hanlan family farm. A short while later, they welcomed their child, Leslie to the world. The family eventually moved to Ft. McMurray, where Ray purchased an insurance brokerage with his partners, Dave and Marg Manchester. Ray stayed in the insurance industry until retirement. During his time in Ft. McMurray, Ray enjoyed volunteering his time and was very active with the Kinsmen Club.
After retiring, Ray moved to Sherwood Park to be closer to his family. Reconnecting with family and friends was so important to him. He also really enjoyed walking. Whether it was from his condo, where he lived when he first returned from Ft. McMurray or Summerwood Village, where he later called home, Ray was always out exploring the many trails in Sherwood Park and making the rounds to visit all his neighbourhood pals. Kinsmen remained close to Ray’s heart throughout the years and he was slowly working on starting a new chapter in the Sherwood Park area. Ray was a people person, connecting with many other residents of Summerwood Village and making many fast friends.
Ray will lovingly be remembered by his son, Leslie (Teresa), daughter Tracey, sister Del (Al), brother Glen (Jean), and sister Jan. He will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews, extended family, former in-laws, and close friends. Ray was predeceased by his mother, Florence, and his father, Thomas. A private family service will be held to celebrate Ray’s life on Sunday, Feb.14, 2021, at Salisbury United Church in Sherwood Park. Interment will follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Ray’s life may be made to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, (780) 735-4723, www.royalalex.org, or to Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, (780) 407-7007.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101