Monday, October 23, 2017
Ray lived a generous life. He loved well and was well loved. Thanks to Jesus he crossed the threshold from earth to heaven with “no regrets & no fear” at precisely 6:48 pm, Monday, October 23rd.
A close friend best described Ray’s departure as “A Beautiful Death”.
Ray’s life has left a forever imprint on the hearts of his wife of 41 years, Doris; his son Travis (Kate) and grands Jay, Josh, Liam, Keziah & Livia; his daughter, Jesse (David); his mother-in-law, Lillian Scott; sister, Vicki (Peter); his niece Jolene (Dez) and their children, Ashley, Riley, Alyssa; his nephew Josh (Lacey) and their children, Nova and Hudson. Ray was predeceased by his niece Rachelle but he delighted in her children Jeremy & Cori-Lynn. Rays love for family extended to a number of special cousins including Joan, Ron, Eric, Jillian, Amber and the list continues including Jim who predeceased him. Also grieving Ray’s passing is his 4-legged buddy, Chester.
Ray served in the gas safety industry for 30 years and he had a high regard for his colleagues and the trades served by the Gas Safety Authority. He also had a deep affection for his home group and the entire community at SouthRidge Fellowship.
One of his passions was serving on the Board of Directors for The Wellspring Foundation. A highlight of his life was when this plumber/gasfitter returned to school at age 50 and graduated with his MA (Honors) in Leadership from Trinity Western University. Ray called Langley home for the past 17 years and he intentionally took time to make friends in his local neighborhood and throughout The Langleys.
The Olafsen family is thankful for the amazing care of his medical team – Drs. Anwar Kahn, Ahmad Ashrafi, Fred Hsu, Ann Tan and the entire Cancer Care Team at the Abbotsford Cancer Centre.
The family will be forever grateful for the loving hospice care provided by Fraser Health Hospice nurses Susan, Priscilla, Marsela and Christian.
Ray was also deeply moved and grateful for the encouragement that he received from all that followed his cancer journey on the CaringBridge blog.
A Celebration of Life & Love will be held on November 11th at 3 pm at SouthRidge Fellowship, 22756-48th Avenue, Langley, BC.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to€ The Joyful Living Joyful Giving Foundation https://chimp.net/groups/joyful-living-joyful-giving-foundation