Jacques, Raymond

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Cremation has taken place. Memorial service will be held at 2:00PM on Friday, August 11 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden.  Ash interment at Waverley Memorial Gardens in Winnipeg at a later date.  If friends so desire, donations may be made in Raymond's memory to Blue Sky Opportunities Inc.


 


Raymond Jacques

April 9, 1947 - August 9, 2017

After enduring the effects of a stroke suffered at camp on July 9, Raymond Jacques passed away at Boundary Trails Health Centre on Wednesday August 9, 2017.

Raymond was fostered and cared for by the family of Brian and Marlene Perrin of Morden and lived with them for 18 years. He was born in Winnipeg to Hilda and Jack Jacques in April of 1947, an only child. He was placed in St. Amant Centre until the age of 7, then moved to Portage, to the Manitoba Development Centre. He lived at MDC for about 32 years, when he moved to Pelican Lake Training Centre in Ninette (formerly the sanatorium for treatment of tuberculosis) at the age of 39. This is where Brian met Raymond in 1986, when he was working at the Centre. In 1999, government plans to shut Pelican Lake down and move the residents into the community were made. Raymond came to live with Brian and Marlene temporarily in their home in Darlingford, until Brian’s plans to open a group home were completed.  Temporarily turned out to be 18 years.

Life in Darlingford was good for Raymond, with random horse rides when local people drove by on the streets with their horses and wagons, trips to the playground, and many wonderful neighbors and community members. Raymond attended Gateway in Winkler for a short time. When we moved to Morden in 2004, he began getting on a van early every morning to attend Blue Sky Opportunities in Altona. There, he was able to take things at a bit of a slower pace, with music and many other activities he enjoyed. He stayed at Blue Sky for over 10 years, when the days became too long for him. At that time, he began the daily ritual of being picked up in Abe Friesen’s little green car every morning, and would spend the day with who we consider his second family, Abe and Anna Friesen and their son Nico, as well as their many clients who have come and gone over the years.

Brian and Raymond had many opportunities to travel over the years and they did so all over Canada and the United States, including the Grand Canyon, Disneyworld, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Nashville, Branson, Graceland, Columbia Ice Falls, Mount Rushmore, kayaking on the Colorado River, sailing off of Texas, California, plus many more. Raymond also enjoyed attending many musical concerts, including Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, B.B. King, and Tony Joe White.

At home in Morden, Raymond enjoyed swinging on his lawn glider or in Elks Park, going to movies, listening endlessly to music and biking on his three wheeler on the golf course.

Memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday August 11, 2017 at Wiebe Funeral Chapel in Morden. Ash interment at a later date at the Waverly Cemetery in Winnipeg. Thanks to the congregation of Pembina Fellowship, whose members always made Raymond feel welcome, as well as the fantastic staff at Camps with Meaning, where Raymond joyfully attended camp each and every summer. Thanks also to the excellent staff at HSC and the palliative unit at Boundary Trails Health Centre, where he received such compassionate care.

He will be missed by Brian, Marlene, Matt, Noah, Will and his many friends and neighbors in Morden, Winkler, Altona and Darlingford, who were always so welcoming to Raymond in their neighborhoods and communities.  We have appreciated your generosity of spirit towards him! If friends so desire, donations may be made in Raymond’s memory to Blue Sky Opportunities.

Wiebe Funeral Chapel, Morden

In care of arrangements

wiebefuneralhomes.com

 

 

#1 Rhonda Epp 2017-08-10 07:47
My deepest condolences on Raymond's passing. He had the most excellent adventures with you and Brian! Though small in stature, his personality filled the expanse. Even after he left BSO, I still hear his voice asking about "what car I drive" and him always knowing the answer!
#2 Denise Wohlgemut 2017-08-11 10:32
Thank you for all the care you gave to Raymond over the years. I so enjoyed driving him to and from the JUSC and having me ask me my name, where I lived and what colour car I drove. I remember him with smiles and fondness.
#3 Sharon Friesen 2017-08-15 07:29
Happy memories of Raymond. I was sitting outside JUSC and a police car drove by, Raymond yelled a parade and clapped. The officer heard him stopped drove by again and with all his bells and whistles on made it look like a parade for him. Raymond love it. Will miss him and to his family , you are amazing we need more people in this world like you .

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