Kenneth Ray Perry

Kenneth Ray Perry was quietly promoted to Glory on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at Riverview Gardens in his 92nd year.  He was the son of the late Kenneth and Ethel Perry.  Husband for over 72 year to his wonderful ‘bride’ Eva (nee Biden).  Father of Marjory Hall (Joe), Wendy Beasley (Bob) and Susan Perry.  Grandfather of eight and great grandfather of seventeen.  He is survived by his sister Tillie Bell (Tom) of Parry Sound.  Predeceased by his siblings, Eric, Gordon, Mabel Mark, Effie Erickson and Shirley Fron.

Ray spent his entire career working for Great Lakes Paper in Thunder Bay, Ontario.  He pioneered the computer department as the manager of data services, bringing in the first ever IBM mainframe computer.  He began his Christian life in The Salvation Army and later became part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance Denomination.  Ray was known for his love for His God, his family and his kind and generous spirit.

All are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday February 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Gregory Drive Alliance Church.  Those wishing to make a memorial contribution or in lieu of flowers, donations toward the building of Shalom Home, an orphanage in Guinea, would be greatly appreciated and can be given through the church.

7 Comments on “Kenneth Ray Perry”

  1. Our sincere condolences to you Eva,Susan, Marjory & Joe, Wendy & Bob. May God’s peace surround you at this time and the days ahead. We will keep you all in our prayers.
    Pete & Nellie Roelofsen

  2. Oh my…this news makes me very sad. My mom passed away on Jan. 6…now she and my Dad are reunited with Ray. All are with Jesus. whom they loved and served. They were all good friends from the 50s – 70s in Thunder Bay. Mom (Ruby) was close friends with Ray’s mom.
    I remember Ray from the time I was a young child in the Salvation Army. One hymn he used to lead us in singing was Jesus Shall Reign. Whenever I have heard it or played it through the years, I have thought of Ray and the joy he radiated as he sang that. His smile was contagious! My condolences and love to Eva and the entire family. Praying for you all. May God comfort and strengthen you in your loss.

  3. Dear Eva, Marjory & M, Wendy & Bob & Susan;
    Received Word of Ray’s Promotion to Glory. Memories flood my mind of times past at the Fort William Corps. Ray was my 1st YPSM (Young People’s Sgt. Major) and Sunday School leader. Recall Ray sitting next to Gaston playing Cornet in the Band. Coming from a non-Christian and highly dysfunctional family, the encouragement and support dear Eva that you and Ray gave me as a young teenager struggling to be a Christ follower is beyond description. Like Beverley, I remember that Ray had some favorite hymns which he would request when we had favorites during Sunday evening services and the one I recall was I’m the child of a King. He would read out the 3rd and 4th verses and as he read the following words his voice would begin to crack, a tear or two would flow, and a young chap like me, realized here was someone who loved Jesus and it was real.
    I once was an outcast, a stranger on earth.
    A sinner by choice, and an alien by birth;
    But I’ve been adopted, my name’s written down
    An heir to a mansion, a robe and a crown.
    A tent or a cottage, why should I care
    They’re building a palace for me over there;
    Though exiled from home, yet still I may sing;
    All glory to God, I’m the child of a King.
    God bless you Eva and family, our prayers are with you.

  4. My sincere condolences to u Eva, Marjory, Susan, and Wendy and families. I am thinking of you. Take care. Penny Tatebe

  5. My sincere condolences to U Eva, Susan Wendy and families. I am thinking about you. Take care. Penn

  6. My deepest sympathy to U Eva, Susan, Wendy, Marjory and Families. I hope it comforts you to know my thoughts are with u at such a difficult time. Take care. Penny

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