November 13, 1942 – February 13, 2021
With broken hearts we have been forced to say goodbye to one of the best.
Ray Nohr passed away peacefully with his wife and best friend of 57 years at his side.
Raymond Leroy Nohr was born November 13, 1942 to Tegner (Ted) and Ethel Nohr in Turner Valley, AB.
Ray was 4th of nine children. He was very close to his 5 brothers Ron, Arnie, Einar, Wally and Bruce as well as his three sisters Shirley, Alice, and Diane.
The family moved to BC and eventually to Williams Lake where Ray attended Williams Lake Junior Secondary. He met and started dating his wife Margeret Smith in 1959.
After Ray left school he worked for his dad Ted in his various saw mills. Living with his brothers in the bunk house they would get fired by their dad every second day.
After driving to Clinton each weekend to see her he married Margeret on April 13, 1963. Three kids followed Randy (Bea), Roxanne (Mitch) and Ryan (Ang).
Ray worked various truck driving jobs until 1971 when he bought his own logging truck and formed a company with his brother (Norco Trucking). Their shop soon became the gathering place on Friday nights after a long hard work week.
In 1974 Ray formed his own business (Nohr’s Interior Transport). He bought himself a new Mack truck every few years and would flash the lights in the middle of the night to say goodbye to Margeret as he left for his 13 hour days.
Ray hauled logs throughout the Cariboo into the local sawmills and became the voice of reason during negotiations at the Williams Lake Truck Loggers Association meetings.
Ray and Marg raised their kids in the Esler subdivision where they formed many great life long friendships with their neighbours.
When Ray wasn’t working he spent time with his family and friends. Multiple trips to Vegas with Arnie, an Alaskan cruise, and countless hours at the cabin on Big Lake he and his brothers bought for their families to share and be together.
Grampa Ray was an exceptional “Gramps” to his 6 grandchildren, Cody, Sunney, Zane, Lauren, Danielle, and Vance. Spending countless hours with each of them. They now realize how lucky they were to have him as an example of how to live your life and how to treat people. “G-Ray” will be missed and loved by them forever.
In 2003 Ray decided to make the hard choice to sell his truck but he was soon given the opportunity to continue doing what he loved when he was offered work driving part time for a local trucking fleet. This gave Ray a chance to slow down a bit but soon his last grandson was being dropped off on his days off for free daycare. Ray was busy again!
In 2010 he retired out of the trucking business all together. A tough decision for him as he loved driving and had been dedicated to his work and to the people he worked with for 30 years.
He and Marg moved into their Condo in 2003 and he quickly became the go to guy and friend to all. Many “happy hours” were spent with their good friends in Amblewood Heights.
In the fall of 2019 Ray was given the sad news that the pain in his shoulder was cancer (and not from throwing wrappers for 40 years). In Ray Nohr style he fought it quietly, with grace and dignity and with more concern for those around him than for himself.
The calm strength he displayed during his battle with cancer was apparent throughout his entire life. He was a rock for his family and the people around him and he always knew how to make everyone feel safe and secure.
Simply saying ‘He was a good man’ is not enough. He was genuinely one of a kind.
Our world will truly never be the same without him and we will miss him everyday.
We are sorry to announce that due to Covid 19 we are not able to give Ray the send off that he deserves at this time, but we will be having a celebration for him as soon as possible.
Ray was thankful for the medical care he received. Special thanks to the local chemo nurses and doctors, palliative care nurses, Deni house staff, and Dr. De Swardt.
If anyone would like to make a donation the Diabetes Association and BC Children’s Hospital were both helpful to Ray’s family. For a local donation please consider The Hough Memorial Fund or the Ladies Auxiliary at Cariboo Memorial Hospital. Thank you.
Condolences will be forwarded to the family via email at email@example.com
Rest in Peace Dad.. you earned it
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