Ray Alan Tousignant

 

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Ray Alan Tousignant on Tuesday March 23, 2021 at Chatham Kent Health Alliance.  Born in Windsor 62 years ago.  Son of Raymond and Gloria Tousignant.  Husband and “Love of a Lifetime” of Deborah for 36 years.  Father of the late Andrew and Kevin.  Brother of Patricia Lalacheur and the late Ken Tousignant.  Survived by nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  Ray will always be remembered as a passionate, professional, multi-instrumentalist musician.  Both Ray and Deb traveled for years to Florida performing as musicians at many venues.  Thank you to fellow musician Chris Borchuk for the help of getting us to Florida “on time”.   Over the years Ray contributed to many fundraising events in the area, giving both his time and talent.  Sincere thanks to best friend Deborah Barnett and sister in law Dana Clare for their support and care throughout this difficult time.  Special thanks to the staff at Chatham Kent Health Alliance Intensive Care Unit for their professionalism and compassionate care.  A celebration of life will take place at a later date, where we will have live music, stories, and memories in Ray’s honour. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society, the ALS Society of Canada or the Pet and Wildlife Rescue . 

23 Comments on “Ray Alan Tousignant”

  1. So many fond memories Debbie of you and Ray over the past 30 years dancing at the Chatham and Essex Legions. Ab and I really enjoyed your music. Take care. Donna Brown

  2. We will always remember the fun we had listening to you two both in Florida and in Canada. We are heartbroken for you Deb! Dave and Brenda Adams.

  3. Ray was definitely one of the great ones. Great guy, great husband, great dad, great friend and great musician. He will be fondly remembered by many who he touched with his music. He will be very much missed.

  4. We go back so far from when you were married to all of the beautiful music that you performed over the years near and far you even tought my son keyboard of which he will never forget. You loved music and it was appreciated by everyone. May you rest in peace Ray and keep your music alive in heaven

  5. Deb I can only say how sorry I am. We loved coming to Bonita Bills on Thursday to see you guys. Donna and Ralph send their condolences also! Ray was always such a gentleman. I will never forget him! I remember one night you were not there. He dedicated the song “Woman” to you! Many great memories!

  6. I will miss you until the day I see you again.Rest in peace.You deserve this.My heart is broken Deb and life is not fair.Ray was such a gentleman and will never forget our trip together to Florida!

  7. So many memories growing up together as neighbors. From Ray walking around with a box hanging from a string,banging on it like a drum, those backyard concerts, to singing with you at the legion. Late nite piano practices, teaching me how to play Proud Mary on the guitar.
    His greatest treasure was marrying you Debbie and having a family.
    The world has lost a great man.
    Lots of love to you at this time.

  8. Ray lived across the alley from us and we grew up together. I fondly remember the game we invented; a merging of golf and baseball. It was potentially dangerous but was hilarious fun. There’s moments like the double date we had with two sisters down the road. Driving all those kids to the roller dances at Kennedy. Our little group of ‘crooners’ serenading our girlfriends at their homes late Friday nights. I’ll miss you Ray and thanks for some wonderful lifelong memories.

  9. Ray lived down the street from me. The box hanging from his neck like a drum, chasing pepe the poodle in circles, Ray on snare drum,Lenny on Bass Drum, myself on bugle for a 3 man parade band for the cadets at Branch 594….the memories.
    Learning how to play drums, the greatest treasure he passed on to me.
    Marrying Deb and bringing Andrew into the world were his greatest moments.
    My sincerest and deepest condolences to Debbie.
    An honour to know you Ray, the world is a lot less bright without you in it.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  10. Ray was one of my longtime friends,
    and I fondly remember him using a cardboard box as a drum.Rest in peace bro& everyone else Stay Strong

  11. My brother and good friend I will miss you more than anyone will ever know you and Deb will always be part of my life Louise Lucier

  12. Ray was an amazing friend. I worked with Ray in a band here in the States many years ago. He always was a special person in my life. We kind grew up together you might say. He was like my older brother through the years. Ray will be missed by many people who were blessed to have known him over his lifetime. RIP my dear friend.

  13. I will miss Ray and we will never forget him. My sole mate and younger brother. As you know Deb we had the same birthday. If you need anything, we are here in Florida for you. Love you always.

  14. My grandfather ray im happy to have gotten to honour you by sharing your last name the memories I do have will stick with me forever you were a great man and will be deeply missed
    – love your granddaughter

  15. I’m so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We toured in eastern Canada in 1980 and I hold many memories. Condolences to Deb and family.

  16. Ray was a kind and very talented musician who endured much during his all too short time here on earth. He was always a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be missed.

  17. Ray was a kind soul and a talented musician who endured much during his all too short time here on earth. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. He will be missed.

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