BARON – Raymond Clifford, 92, of Brooklyn, Queens County, passed away peacefully in Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Born in Montreal, PQ, he was a son of the late John and Mamie (Astley) Baron.
Ray served with the RCNVR during World War Two as a stoker and as a gunner. He was a corporal in the Army Reserves for six years. Following the war, he worked for Bowater Mersey Paper Company Limited retiring after 34 and a half years as a paper maker. He served as President of Local 259 International Papermakers Union for 14 years. He was a coach and an umpire with the Brooklyn Softball League in his early years. He was a member of Mersey Branch #38 Royal Canadian Legion Liverpool where he served on the executive and was instrumental in starting “Friday Night Fever”. He was also instrumental in bringing to Brooklyn the Centennial Project in 1967.
He is survived by his daughter Linda (Jeff) Dunham of Kentville, his son John (Wanda) of Charleston. Grandchildren Tracy (Brenden) Baker and John Baron (Stacey Killoh) and great grandchildren Kelcie and Kaelee Baker, Kiana Baron. His step daughters Linda (Fred) Balcolm of ON; Beverley (Bill) Matheson of Dartmouth and step sons Ernie McKinnon of Bridgewater; Brian (Brenda) McKinnon of Brooklyn; Jeffrey (Hannah) McKinnon of Beach Meadows. Several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren and his loving companion Louise VanNorden.
Ray was predeceased by his first wife Pauline (Kelly) and his second wife Violet (Colp)(McKinnon). Brother Leonard and step daughter Sandra Wamboldt.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool where visitation will be Wednesday evening (October 19, 2016) from 7 until 9 p.m. with a legion memorial service being held at 7:00 p.m.. Funeral service will be Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. in Chandlers’ Funeral Chapel, Liverpool. Lay Minister Peter Anthony officiating. Reception to follow. A private family interment will be at a later time. Family flowers only, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Mersey Branch #38, Royal Canadian Legion, Liverpool or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Virgie & Brad Robinson
So sorry for your lose.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.
John Townsend & Betty Ann Williams
Our condolences to Linda and family, at this most difficult time. Ray and I had many laughs over the years with respect to the Toronto Blue Jays, and how they would win their next world series, (“someday” he would say). Ray will be sadley missed by all that knew him, a true gentleman in every sence of the word.
Linda, MY most sincere condolence on the passing of your dad. He always had a hug and kiss when ever we would meet. Linda your dad was a caring man and spoke very highly of his family . I’m sure you and your family have many ,many great memories. share them with each other, and they will help get you through the difficult days and take care of each other. R.I.P. my friend .Hugs. Marie West Berlin /Alberta
Doug and Tracey Bowers
Tracy Kelcie Kaylee and Linda and family Always called him grampie never forgot who l was love please accept my deepest sympathies love peace to the family he’s no longer fighting to suffer he’s at peace no forever and always will be in our hearts . Love you all so much here if you need us a phone. All away
I am soo sorry to hear about this. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Hugs and lots of love. Shannon and family
My dearest friend of 44 years Tracy and all the family Linda, Kelcie, kaelee, Brendan, John. Johnny and kianna. I am so sorry to hear of rays passing. I had the pleasure of knowing this man for along time. He was an awesome man… He will forever be in my heart all the wonderful memories. Know that I am thinking of you all during this sad time. Take care all and may you all find comfort in each other.. Xo
Linda and family:
I am so sorry for your loss. I am so glad to have met your dad. He was a kind man. Time heals all wounds and eventually you will be able to talk about your Dad without shedding a tear. He was a gentle soul and I am so glad that I got to know him.
Linda, I so sorry to hear of your father`s passing. When I worked at the store I would enjoy talking with your dad. He made lunch/break time so enjoyable. He always had a smile on his face and joke to share. He will be dearly missed. Hugs to all.
Anne and Allan Laws
Linda, Tracy, Jeff and Hannah, Ernie and all Ray’s family:
We are so sorry for the loss of Ray. He was a wonderful man and left everyone he knew with fond memories of him. My father thought he was the best union president of 259 during their time in the mill. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. If we can do anything for you at this sad time, please just call on us.
Anne and Allan
sorry for your loss. Ray was a very nice man, i remember waiting on him when i worked at Sobeys many years ago.sending thoughts and prayers to you all.
I was so sorry to read this but glad that he got to spend his last days with his family and to walk you down the aisle Linda. He always had a smile and a joke whenever I saw him. He sure was one kind gentleman.
To my dear friend Linda and to her family, Bob and I want to tell you how sorry we are. Our parents are so special, and losing them is very difficult, as we understand, having lost our own in years past. Call me, if I can help in any way, and please accept our heartfelt condolences
Shirley & Paul Neals
Linda and Family, so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a very kind, friendly man. Years ago Ray bought our small Beach Meadows grocery business (Godfrey’s Grocery) and started one of his own down the way.. He loved to chat with people and share a laugh. He will be missed for sure.
sharon and richard roy
To Linda and her family,,,,since I worked with you at Superstore I got to know your father,,,he was an awesome man,,,,you guys will surely miss him,,,,thank god for memories,,,,I no how happy he looked at your wedding,,,glad he could share that with you guys,,,,take care Linda,,,miss you at the store,,,,,
Linda and Families, I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing, he always made me feel so welcome in his home.He was always smiling and had a few stories to tell. I have missed him since he moved to Kentville.My sincere condolences to all of his family.
My thoughts & prayers are with the Baron & McKinnon families. May GOD Bless you all.
Linda, John, and Family
We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Cathy & Rollie Wentzell
John & Debbie Herman
Linda & Tracey
We are sending Sincere Condolences of the Loss of Your Dad and Grandfather. RIP Ray. He was a wonderful man.
John, Debbie and Stephanie Herman.
Donald and Janet Himmelman
Linda,John and all of the Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the loss of this wonderful man.We have many fond memories of time spent with Ray and Violet.May your memories sustain you during the difficult days ahead.He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Linda and Family,
So sorry for your loss he was a nice man.
TO LINDA AND FAMILY THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EASE THE PAIN BUT REMEMBER ALL THE PRECIOUS TIMES THAT YOU GOT TO SPEND TOGETHER. YOUR FATHER WAS AN AMAZING MAN AND LIVED LIFE TO THE FULLEST.HE WILL DEFINALLY BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM .
Linda, John and Family,
My deepest sympathy in the passing of your Father. I
Sorry to hear of Rays Passing! Condolences to all the Family’s that he has been part of in his 92 years!!
Jeff and Carmelle Miller
Linda, John and families
I am so sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences.
:Linda I am so sorry for your great loss, you had the best Dad, kind considerate. Keep the memories close to your heart.Thinking of you and your family, xoxoxo
Bob and Brenda Lohnes
Linda and Family: We want to send our sincere condolences on the loss of Ray. He always made time to stop and chat whenever we would meet. He was a very friendly man and will be missed by many.
Bob and Brenda Lohnes
Lorimer and Evelyn
Take care of each other at this difficult time … He will be missed by anyone fortunate enough to have seen the twinkle in his eye and that awesome smile he seemed to always have!! He was a great man! Hugs!
Ray was a great man. And he was my pal. Rest in peace, friend. I will miss you and cherish all the fun times we had always. Lynn
Linda so sorry to hear about your Dad he was such a great Father I know you loved him dearly always remember he’s with the Lord now in his arms no more pain what a day that will be when we see our loved ones again love you hugs
Now there was a man. I only met him a few times when I was visiting my friend Lynn, but he was a true Nova Scotian. Gregarious, warm, open, and funny as hell. The East Coast will miss him. My Ma, from Tusket, would have loved him! Rest in peace Ray. Steve
I’m so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
The Family of Ray Baron,
So very sorry for your loss. Heaven is hosting another very good person tonight. Ray had a good and long life, and now rests in peace.. Hugs to all. Linda
I am so happy that I had the honour of knowing Ray for a few years. His quick wit, caring, unselfish ways, and twinkling eyes will remain in my heart forever. He was an “extra Grampie” to Marci and I during those years.
To those who were lucky enough to have had Ray forever in their lives, I am sure there will always be a huge hole in your hearts, but may your beautiful and fun memories of him help keep that hole patched. ❤️
Zona and Stephen
To Ray’s family,
We are so saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. A true gentleman and we know a loss to each of you. Know that prayers are being said for you all of you. May the Lord be with you all. Sincerely
Zona and Stephen Hatt
Robenia and Theresa Brewster
Linda and family.
Sorry to hear about your father, grandfather passing. Think of the good times and they will always bring a smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Robenia and Theresa Brewster
gary conrad and gloria aulenback
gary Conrad and Gloria aulenback
oct. 18, 2016
to linda and family, gary and Gloria would like to send our sincere condolences on the loss of you dad. he always stopped
and talked when seeing us in the superstore.. our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis & Sherri Harrington
Sending our most sincere condolences to the Family, take care.
Linda, John & families: My Sincere Condolences to you in the passing of your dad. Whenever I saw him he always had a smile and something to say.
Linda and family, we are so sorry to hear that Ray has passed away. He was a true gentleman. We miss seeing his flag flying to tell us the wind direction and the smoke from his chimney early in the morning.
Doug and Donna Dexter
I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Raymond Baron. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these difficult days.
With sincerest sympathy
Sterling Belliveau, MLA
Pamela and Wayne Mansfield
Linda and family……I got to know your dad from my time working at Canadian Tire. Wayne was his long time machanic. I met your brother during this time as well. Years later I got to meet you during our time working together. I consider you now a dear friend and I am so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a kind and gentle soul with tremendous wit. Hold your memories close as you go through this difficult time. xo
To Ray’s Family:
I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. During my “Able Cable” days, Ray was always commenting on the local community programming and offering some suggestions of what we could air. We enjoyed so many chats throughout the years. He would call me “Suzie Q” which always gave me a smile. He will be missed for sure. My sincere condolences to Ray’s Family.
Linda, John and Family,
So sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Linda…I am so sorry to hear about your father. I just loved talking to him whenever he came to the Superstore. A real gentleman.
RoseMary. Decker, Brooklyn. Neighbour
To Linda, John, Brenda,Brian, and famlies, Sorry to hear your dad has passed. He was my neighbour for awhile. He was a good neighbour. And will be missed by those. Who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult. Time. My sincere condolence.
Sue (Baron) and Michel Boivin
Linda, John and families, our condolences on Uncle Ray’s passing. Wish we were able to be there
for you at this time. So glad we got to see your Dad this summer. He will be missed.
Borden and Lillian Colp
Dear Linda and Family,
We were sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was such a nice man…always so friendly and happy. I know how close you and your Dad were and how much you will miss him..thinking of you and remembering you in our prayers.
Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you during these difficult days, my most heartfelt condolences.
Beverley & Betty-Jean Colp
To all of Ray’s family we send our condolences in the loss of such a wonderful man. Beverley worked with Ray and I met him in Mom & Dad’s store many years ago. I expect he is teasing Mom now as he used to do and Dad laughing at them.
Please let your memories help you all at this time. Ray is at peace now and with all those who went before him. God bless you all.
Gordon & Andrea Veinot & Family
Linda & Family.So very sorry to hear of your Dad”s passing.Take comfort in all your wonderful memories at this sad time.One day at a time.❤️
Dear Linda & Family: So very sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Thinking of you. Susan Dean
Linda & Family, I am very saddened to hear of Ray’s passing, I always enjoyed my visits with him. Thinking of you all.
Dear Linda, Jeff and Families,
It was with great sorrow that we learned of Ray’s passing. Beach Meadows has lost another institution.
Your father’s bearing spoke of his military service, and I’ve no doubt that he represented the men of Bowater in a dignified and effective manner. But, in my mind, he will always be the country gentleman who owned the “little store.” He was always soft-spoken and pleasant; caring and jovial. He will be missed.
Let your memories bring laughter and tears, and your family and friends bring comfort to you, during the difficult times ahead. Know, too, that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Sheree, Jake and Amanda
Linda and family, how sorry we are to learn of Ray’s passing. We have enjoyed his frienship, his ready smile and his mischievous prodding. All his friends at Transcotia will miss him. He was one of those special people who just made your day that much better.
John and Nancy Leefe
Bruce & Edith Dauphinee, Chris & Tina Whynott
Linda and Family,
We were saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. He was such a wonderful man. May you hold those lovely memories close to your heart, as they will help you through the coming days and weeks. Sending our sincerest condolences to each and everyone of Ray’s family.
Marilyn Anthony and Stephen Anthony
Sorry for your family’s loss, he was and awesome person, always a smile and hello no matter where he was. I enjoyed working for him and playing cribbage with him
I am so sad to hear of rays passing,he was a wonderful man,very kind and loving,he always had a big hug and kiss for me every time I see him,he will be sadly missed but always remembered his special way,my thoughts and prayers are with the family at this hard time oxox
Ann Gaudet LPN
My sincerest sympathies to your family. Meeting your Dad was one of the highlights of my carrear, I feel blessed to have met you all and keep you in my thoughts at this difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I offer my condolences to John and Wanda and the rest of his extended family.
My condolences to Ray’s family.Always enjoyed tales of his escapades.He was a lovely gentleman.
Steven and Brenda Kennedy
Dear Linda and family, we are very sorry to hear about your dad, he was such a wonderful man.
Donnie and I were saddened to hear of Rays passing. No matter where we met up Ray was always ready for a chat and of course a big hug! He had a smile that lit up the room and a twinkle in his eye that showed both mischievousness and love all at the same time! Heartfelt condolences to all of Rays family. Hugs, Inez & Donnie
Philip and Holly Smith
Dear Linda and family,
We were saddened to see that your Dad had passed.
As stated by so many here, he was a very special man, who is being fondly remembered for his wonderful outlook and his many kindnesses and accomplishments throughout his long life. Thinking of you and yours as you mourn this loss.
To John, Linda and families.
I am sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
To Ray’s family
Very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a good and very kind neighbour to me when I lived across the road from him. He was always welcoming, sharing a chat and a cup of tea. I’m glad to have known him.
Linda and John I was sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your Dad from the days we lived next door to you.
Joy (Johnson) McDonald
Our sincere condolences to the family. Ray was a good friend and supporter to Verlie and myself when we were involved in the Union and Mersey Protective at Bowater. With Ray we enjoyed many conferences and get togethers. We will alway miss his friendly smile.
Linda, John and families
I am saddened in the passing of your dad.I have many fond memories of him and all of you,You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Dearest Linda and John,
Was saddened to read of Ray’s passing in October, and want to offer my sincere condolences to you both, and to your families. Time spent with Ray and Pauline when they were our neighbours in Brooklyn, provided me with some of my happiest memories growing up. Ray was a character with a loving heart, and much more. Although we moved away, I always had those memories to hold dear and reflect upon.. May he rest peacefully, and may your broken hearts heal quickly.
Much love, Judi Gould (Walker).