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Raymond Branchaud

Raymond Bernard Branchaud

Thursday, December 25th, 1958 - Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
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Branchaud, Raymond Bernard

Raymond Bernard Branchaud died peacefully at the age of 60 after a brief bout of pneumonia on the morning of March 3rd 2019. He is survived by his wife Heidi (Walton) of 35 years, his sons Ron & Ben, his family Laura Branchaud, Mike Branchaud and Ann Marie Calvano (Branchaud).
Ray and Heidi met in the militia unit Governor General’s Foot Guards where he served from 1975 to 1985. The family moved out to Calgary from Ottawa in 1995. Nothing was more important to Ray than his family – everything he did was for their benefit.
Ray survived three rounds of cancer between 2001 and 2004. Despite the massive amounts of damage that the radiation treatments did to him, he continued to work in the warehouse at Old Dutch until 2015, when he retired. Ron and Ben told him over the years that they learned about commitment, dedication and personal pride from watching him over those years.
Ray was my reverse Country & Western song.
I found me a good man and he done me right.
If desired, please make a memorial donation to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers. Ray was one of those guys who avoided getting into the picture. Feel free to add any photos you think his family might enjoy.

A good old-fashioned wake is planned on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Jubilee Branch 286 Royal Canadian Legion. Follow the link below for location and directions. Doors open at 1:00 and will include a short Legion Memorial Service to be followed by reverent or irreverent stories about what a great guy Ray was. There should be some dancing girls followed by a selection of ways to make some noise and have a good time.
Dress is casual – no mourning colours – and so is the day. In recognition of Ray’s lifelong commitment to unhealthy living, please consider bringing a sample of your favourite treat or some plain old junk food.
We are welcome to stick around for the Legion’s regular pub-style Saturday night.
Jubilee Branch Legion – #5 1107 33 St NE (between the Army & Navy and the Bingo Barn)
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Raymond Bernard Branchaud est mort paisiblement à l’âge de 60 ans après une brève épisode du pneumonie, le matin de 3ième mars, 2019. Il manquera beaucoup à son épouse Heidi (née Walton) depuis 35 ans, ses fils Ron et Ben, et sa famille Laura Branchaud, Mike Branchaud et Ann Marie Calvano (née Branchaud).
Ray et Heidi ont rencontré dans le régiment de la milice « Governor General’s Foot Guards », où il a exercé de 1975 à 1985. La famille s’est déménagée au Calgary d’Ottawa en 1995. Rien n’a jamais compté plus pour Ray que sa famille - tout ce qu'il faisait était pour eux.
Ray avait survécu trois séries de traitement de cancer. Malgré que les dommages sérieuse que les radiothérapies ont causé, il a continué de travaillé dans l’entrepôt de «Old Dutch» jusqu’à ce qu’il a pris sa retraite en 2015. Ron et Ben lui a dit qu’ils ont pris connaissance d’engagement, dévouement et la fierté personnelle avec les années.
Ray était mon chanson County & Western, mais dans le revers.
J’avais un homme bon, et il avait me bon fait.

Si vous le désiriez, svp faire un don en souvenir du Ray à la charité de votre choix, au lieu des fleurs. Ray n’a jamais posé pour les photos. Nous vous invitons de partager les photos au plus grand plaisir de sa famille.
Il n’y aura pas un service, mais nous organisons une grande fête .
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  • Good Old-Fashioned Wake

    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, March 16th, 2019 1:00pm
    Jubliee Branch 286 Royal Canadian Legion
    Unit 5 - 1107 33 Street NE
    Calgary, Alberta T2A 6T2
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Lynn Branchaud

Posted at 03:12pm
We are thinking of you all at this time of loss. Sincere sympathies to Heidi, Ron, Ben. We also have fond memories of the Branchaud family reunions at uncle Gerry and aunt Rita's - especially the volleyball and croquet tournaments.
Best, aunt Joyce, and cousins Rick, Marc and Lynn.
We have made a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in memory or Raymond.


Posted at 09:43pm
Dear Heidi and sons, Ron & Ben, our most sincere condolences on the death of your husband, your father and our cousin, Raymond. We have fawn memories of your participation at our family's (oncle Gérard, a.k.a Gerry, and tante Rita) Summer picnic in Gatineau. It was always a special moment for the Branchaud clan (oncles, aunts, cousins, grand children) to gather, play a few volleyball games, and of course, crib games with Raymond's dad, oncle Ronald. Please take care, Monique Vézina, née Branchaud.

Heidi Branchaud Posted at 11:42am

Désolé. Dans le moment, j’ai complêtement oublié la plupart de la famille. Je vais ajouter une traduction dès que possible, et je peux traduire toutes vos commentaires ajouté au le site internet.

Heidi Branchaud Posted at 11:49am

Merci Monique. Les grandes retrouvailles Branchaud demeurrent dans mon coeur comme la définition d’une famille. J’ai perçue les racines de l’homme que Ray est devenu. Je me souviens le rire, oui. De plus, je me souviens les efforts de la famille pour prendre soins et d’inclure Grand-Mère dans la vie de la famille. Rejoindre les réunions de famille m’a fait me sentir fier d’avoir rejoint ta famille. Je vous remercie tous de la bienvenue que vous m’a souhaitée. Je recommande fortement les retrouvailles de famille à d’autres qui lisent peut-être ceci.************************************************************************ Thank you Monique. The great Branchaud Family Reunions lives in my heart as the definition of family. I could really see the roots of the man that Ray became. Yes, I remember the laughter. Moreso, I remember the efforts of the family to care for and to include Grand-Mère in the life of the family. Joining in the family reunions made me feel proud to have joined your family, and I thank you all for the unconditional welcome that you offered us. I strongly recommend family reunions to others who may be reading this.

Shona Lysohirka

Posted at 08:23pm
Ray wasn't the easiest person to understand but we always knew what his point was. We worked with Ray for years and although at the beginning as my Level II boss, I sometimes though he was a jerk...lol. He and then his family became dear friends. Our end of the week NFL obsession became Ray's and mine first opportunity to become close. His insight into the game helped me a lot, even winning quite a bit at Pro-line. Since he was banned from gambling....lol...I'm sure Ray secretly rooted for my teams just so I could win. We spent a few Sundays at each others homes where Ray and I are glued to the TV and Michelle and Heidi just graciously sat through it. We also enjoyed many bar-b-ques and get togethers where our families and his became closer. We enjoyed late night talks about nothing and everything by the fire or at kitchen table. I remember Ray trying to help me with my bad dog ( Lucky was such a good dog) but sort of gave up and just loved on Poco....lol...dont blame him a bit. Ray was a very proud and stubborn man so I'm sure his declining health was private and held internally close with his family. We just want Heidi, Ben and Ron to know that we truly cared deeply for Ray. We offer our deepest sympathies and prayers to you all. We will see you soon. Love from Shona, Michelle, Julie, Sherri and Aubree.

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