This morning in Timmins, ON; retired Captain Raymond McLean passed away peacefully with his wife and children close by. Ray was truly the 'one of a kind' aviator, who hailed from the White River/Austin Airways days of long ago. He will be sadly missed by all of those who flew with him over the years. He was a kind man, an avid fisherman and was always on the go helping others or his family. God speed 'Rapid Ray'
The family announces with great sorrow his passing at the Timmins and District Hospital on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at the age of 78 years. Beloved husband of Vivian (nee Edwards) of 60 years. Loving father of Patricia McLean of Kirkland Lake, Terry McLean (Lucie) of Timmins and Michael McLean (Leah) of Ottawa. Dear grandfather of Jeff, Kelly (Pat), Ryan, Maya and Jake. Brother of Jack McLean (Shirley) of Sudbury, Gerry McLean of Kitchener, Darlene Govett (Bill) of Sault Saint Marie and Roy McLean (Charlotte) of Ferney, B.C. Predeceased by his parents Lester and Muriel McLean and his brother Don McLean (Myrna). Ray was an avid outdoorsman, he had a love for hunting, fishing and camping. Ray also enjoyed his days working as a pilot for Austin Airways and Air Canada Jazz. After being with the company for 46 years, with 37 years as a pilot, Captain McLean accumulated a total of 33, 000 hours of flight time. The family would like to thank all the staff at the Timmins and District Hospital for their kind care and compassion. Funeral Service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, December 23, 2016 from the Miron-Wilson Chapel (Msgr. Pat Lafleur officiating). A reception will follow in the Miron-Wilson Reception Lounge. Remembrance donations to Sick Kids Toronto or to the Timmins & District Hospital would be greatly appreciated. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, December 22, 2016 and from 10-11:45 a.m. on Friday, December 23, 2016 at the MIRON-WILSON FUNERAL HOME, Cremation and Reception Centre, 150 Balsam St. S., Timmins.
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