Suddenly on March 25, 2021 at Health Science Center Raymond (Ray) Nault passed away after a short battle with cancer.
Raymond John Nault was born in Clinton Ontario on January 19, 1952, to John and Dorothy Nault. While Ray was young, he moved to London Ontario, Laval Quebec, Rivers Manitoba, and finally settling in Winnipeg Manitoba.
Ray married his ex-wife Judy and had a son John, and his only daughter Michelle before divorcing. Ray met Isabel and welcomed son Darryl followed by son Keith.
Ray worked driving truck and moving furniture for many years until he was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy- Spinal Muscular Atrophy in his early 30’s. When Ray was first diagnosed the out look was not good, they gave him less than 10 years to be either dead or in a wheelchair.
Ray was stubborn and did not use an electric scooter until his early 50’s although Ray had trouble with his mobility this did not stop him from volunteering at Chalmers Community Center for hockey, soccer, and baseball.
He was involved with the hockey program for over 30 years, handling suspensions through Hockey Manitoba up until he was diagnosed with cancer. He was often seen scooting around Elmwood in his electric scooter this earning him one of his nickname’s scooter or his other nickname hockey man.
Ray was also involved with the Manitoba Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy for many years forming a close bond with Cheryl Rondeau and Alan Bartley. Ray had the pleasure of talking with Cheryl on speaker phone the evening before he passed, he also face timed his big sister Darlene in Edmonton.
Ray was predeceased by his dad, mom, 3 nephews, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He leaves to mourn his passing his children John, Michelle, Darryl and Keith, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren. Ray leaves behind his sister Darlene (Jerry) Valerie (Alan) Bonnie, Rose, Vicki.
Thank you to his son Darryl for being with him at the end. Vicki for being a phone call away night and day, also thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of HSC.
Ray will always be remembered for his sense of humor and trying to negotiate a loan from one the doctor’s hours before his death.
We love you Ray.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Muscular Dystrophy.
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