Raymond David LeComte was born on June 5, 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital in New Westminster, BC to Praxede (Sid) LeComte (nee Dubuc) and Oscar “Dave” LeComte. Ray passed away on April 15, 2015 surrounded by his loved ones at the Prince George Regional Hospital.
Ray spent his childhood in New Westminster until 1966, when he moved to Quesnel, BC. At age 19 he started work at the Weldwood Plywood Plant, where he remained for 43 years until he retired at age 62. A dedicated and hard-working employee, Ray enjoyed his work and always had a joke and a smile for his co-workers.
After moving to Quesnel, Ray still visited family in Surrey, BC and during one of these visits in July of 1973, he met Holly Graham. Ray and Holly had a whirlwind romance and married in October of that same year, after which Holly moved to Quesnel to join Ray. The couple celebrated the birth of their first child Aaron David LeComte in 1974, their second child Tamara Louise LeComte in 1977, and third child Kami Lisa LeComte in 1979.
Ray enjoyed spending all of his free time with his family. He always had fun on local fishing and camping trips as well as the family’s excursions to Disneyland and Mexico. While his family enjoyed many summer vacations away, Ray was always excited to be back in Quesnel again, or as he dubbed it “God’s Country”.
Ray and Holly moved to Prince George, BC in 2010, after Ray’s retirement, to be closer to children and grandchildren. A man with strong convictions, Ray enjoyed discussing a large variety of subjects. All that knew Ray will fondly remember his Sucrets tin full of toothpicks which he chewed regularly and his love of black Velcro shoes. Ray enjoyed many pastimes including reading, swimming, playing cards, boardgames, farkle, crokinole, and watching his shows on TV.
Ray is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Holly LeComte (nee Graham), his mother Praxede (Sid) LeComte, his son Aaron and his family Treslyn, Brady, Brett (Kristen) and Elijah. Daughter Tamara Dunphy (Tim) and their sons Quinn and Haven. Daughter Kami Holowachuk (Kirt) and their family Cohen, Sawyer, and Addison. Also survived by his brother Louis LeComte, brother Roy LeComte (Linda) and brother-in-law Cam McKee, sister Penny Collins, mother-in-law Joyce Graham, brothers-in-law Tom Graham (Mary-Anne), David Graham, Craig Graham (Sarah), Stephen Graham, Stuart Graham (Marcia), Shawn Graham (Grace). Sisters-in-law Lynda Lewis (Bruce), Shelly Graham (Chris), Shirley McLennon (Ken), Sandra Backer (Doug) along with numerous family members and friends. Ray was predeceased by his father Oscar “Dave” LeComte, his father-in-law Frederick “Ted” Graham, his sister Alma McKee and his sister Judy Sandoff.
A Celebration of Ray’s Life was held at Prince George Funeral Service on April 22, 2015.
Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, in memory of Raymond LeComte.