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It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Raymond Herbert Colmer, born on August 17, 1935, in Toronto, Ontario. He departed this world surrounded by love and care at Bethell House in Caledon, Ontario February 2, 2024, after a valiant battle with cancer that he faced with unwavering strength and grace.
Ray's life was a testament to his gentle spirit and his commitment to living each day to the best of his ability. In January 2023, he received the diagnosis of cancer, but that did not deter him from embracing life with zest and enthusiasm until the very end.
A devoted husband, Ray was married to Marion Grace (Miller) Colmer from June 6, 1959, until her passing on June 24, 2006. Together, they built a life rooted in love and shared values. His father Fred, mother Gladys, and brother Jack predecease Ray. He is survived by his loving sons Troy (Joanne), and Craig (Melanie) and cherished grandchildren Lily, Logan, and Grace.
Ray's love for sports, particularly the Toronto Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Argos, and Raptors, was a central part of his life. He found immense joy in attending Blue Jays Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida this past year, multiple Blue Jay games, and Toronto Maple Leafs games. Ray's enthusiasm for sport extended beyond the stands, as he coached his son Craig's childhood hockey teams and passionately supported his grandchildren's dance competitions and baseball games.
Above all, Ray was a man of unwavering faith, embodying the principles of a devoted Christian. His love for God, family, and sport formed the foundation of his life. Ray lived as an example of what it means to be a follower of Jesus, and he faced the end of his earthly journey with the firm belief that he would be welcomed into eternity by his Creator.
Raymond Herbert Colmer's legacy is one of love, devotion, and passion. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. As we mourn his passing, we take solace in the knowledge that he has heard the words he longed for, "Well done, good and faithful servant," and that he has found eternal peace in the arms of his loving God.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.