It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, Nonno and uncle, Raymond Armando LeRose.
Ray was born in Trail on July 7, 1930, to Bruno and Adelina LeRose, a little brother for Ernest and Geno. He grew up on Nelson Ave and worked in the Trail Meat Market. He attended Oregon State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. Upon returning to Trail, Ray met the love of his life, Carol, at the Christina Lake Dance Hall. They were married in 1959. During their 62 years of marriage, Ray and Carol had 3 children: Nancy (Mike), Jill (Bill), and Gerry, along with 5 beautiful grandchildren: Brad (Stef), Robyn (Dave), Melanie, Christopher (Kathryn), and Brooklyn. He cherished all his family, including numerous nieces and nephews and their children.
Above all, his family was most important to him. He loved spending time with them at Christina Lake, backyard swim parties with all the cousins and the annual Christmas afternoon family gathering, which always included his famous shrimp dip. He showed us what family is all about while making us laugh each step of the way. He had a way of storytelling and could bring a room to laughter and tears. He was the kind of man who made everyone feel welcome and made friends in every place he went.
Professionally, Ray partnered with dear friend Doug Milne forming Trail Drug Company which was later renamed as Western Drug Mart and included Paul Beattie as third partner. In 1979, Ray became owner/associate of Trail’s Shopper’s Drug Mart where he was well-loved by his staff, retiring in 1995. He found great joy and pride in serving the Trail community and within his profession, which included President of the Jaycees, Kinsmen executive, Community Chest President, Trail Hospital Board, Trail Regional Hospital Foundation Chairman, Past President Kootenay Industrial Development Association. Pharmacy services included BC Pharmacist Licensing Board, BC Pharmacist Member Association and Southwestern Drug Warehouse Board Member. Ray was a member of the Colombo Lodge, Trail Curling Club and the Birchbank Golf Course.
Ray was truly a kind, generous and loving gentleman. Anyone who had the good fortune to know him, loved him.
A very special thank you to First Responders and the loving support of neighbours, family and friends.
Due to Covid restrictions, a funeral will not be held. However, anyone wishing to pay their respects is welcome to “drive by” the family home at 3581 Aster Drive on Saturday, February 13 between 1-3pm. Bill Clark of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with arrangements.
In honour of Ray, donations may be made to the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital Health Foundation at 1200 Hospital Bench Road, Trail, BC V1R 4M1 or online at www.kbrhhealthfoundation.ca
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.
“The man is a success...who follows his dreams and pursues excellence in each task, and who brings out the best in others, and gives only the best of himself”
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Carol, Nancy, Jill and Gerry and families...we wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathy for your loss as we remember Ray. Our prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Condolences Carol, Jill, Nancy, Gerry and family We are so sorry to hear of Ray's passing we will always remember how he always had time to chat, give a big smile and was always happy. He will be greatly missed by many who knew him and his love of his community and heritage...my heart and prayers to you all.
Carol, Nancy and family, I was so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. I worked with him at the hospital foundation and remember him at all the St. Mike’s events for his grandkids. He loved his family and Community.
Carol and family. We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We will miss his great smile and the sparkle in his eyes when you met up with him! Always friendly and up for a chat! Keep your memories close! Lorna and Roland
We are sorry to hear of your loss. We will remember Ray with fondness. He was a very kind man.
Carol and families. Sending sincere sympathies in the loss of Ray. He was always pleasant and easy to talk to. My thoughts are with you.
Please accept my condolences on your loss. I won't ever forget how wonderful Mr. LeRose was for just an instance and left an impression that will last a lifetime. Love Neale Gallamore.
Nancy and family. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He was such a kind and friendly man. My wonderful memory of him was in Palm Springs when he took us around and then bought those delicious pies for our group. Hold on to your beautiful memories of him close to your heart. He surely will be missed by everyone that knew him.
Dear Mrs. LeRose and Family, Our sincere condolences to you all. I met Mr. LeRose when he was leading the "Downtowners" and found him to be such a positive and encouraging person. Our visits at the beach with you all are a delight each summer. Keep well and see you soon. Regards, Leanne & John Macmaster (Vancouver)
Ray was such a kind, loving, and wonderful person. It was a pleasure to know him and help him at the bank. He always had a big smile with his big personality. The family is in my heart and thoughts.
We were very saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. Our memories of him are all filled with his laughter and smile and sense of wanting to help us when at the pharmacy and his advice on general matters of our health and well being. We were always happy to see he and Carol in the summertime at Christina lake where he spent most of his vacation. With much sympathy Rosina Ruggiero,Cathy Kempston, Maria Abenante
Carol and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. He was always friendly, caring and just a lovely person. RIP Ray
Dear Carol & Family; We extend our most sincere condolences on Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that you are comforted by a lifetime of wonderful memories. Ray was one of my inspirations that led me to also become a pharmacist and Bertha knew Ray well as she worked at the BC Pharmacists’ Society and later the Association and interacted with Ray often over the working years of his career.
Auntie Carol, Nancy, Jill, Gerry & families. We will all miss Uncle Ray so much - the man of many stories who made us laugh so hard! Every memory I have brings a smile to my face as I’m sure yours do too. You guys were the best neighbours and I am so blessed to have grown up next door. All my best to all of you at this difficult time, take care, Leanne
Auntie Carol, Nancy, Jill, Gerry and families. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Ray. So many great memories of him from all the Boxing Day parties we had growing up to working at Shoppers Drug Mart. It's been a while since we've been together but I will always remember his big smile and twinkling eyes. Much love and prayers to you all.
Dear Lerose Family - We are so sorry for your loss and our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. Ray was a kind and gentle soul and truly a blessing in many lives and he will be forever missed. Our heartfelt condolences to the Lerose Family. David and Shelley Ozimko
Ray was “one of a kind”. A full life. A friend to everyone in his life.
Auntie Carol, Nancy, Jill, Gerry and families, I was so saddened to hear of Uncle Ray’s passing. So many fond childhood memories when I think of all the family times we spent together. I’ll always remember Uncle Ray with his big smile, such a kind and gentle man. My sincere condolences to all of you. Love and hugs, Cheryl
I am so sorry to hear about Ray. My thoughts are with you and I’m sending ou the biggest virtual hug. Stay safe.
Carol and Family, Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Ray was a wonderful person and a true gentleman who always found the time to say hello. He was so kind and thoughtful and we enjoyed our visits together. We send our condolences to your family and please know we are thinking of you all. ❤️
Carol and Family our thoughts are prayers our with you.
Auntie Carol, Nancy, Jill, Gerry and families. Words cannot express the sadness I feel for the loss of Uncle Ray. I am so sorry. He was an incredible man and loved by all. I will cherish all the memories forever. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all
Dear Nancy I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear dad. He was such a kind caring man. I will always remember him at the pharmacy with his big smile & him being so helpful. He will be deeply missed. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Sending you my love & a big hug.
Nancy - your Dad was a special, kind man, and will be missed by many. When I went to Shoppers, he was always so helpful and happy to see me. Please know you are in our hearts at your time of sorrow. Love from Butch and Susan Palmer
Dear Carol and family, I cannot think of a kinder or more good hearted man. Ray was always so cheerful and caring - it's no wonder he was loved and respected by so many. My condolences to you all. Love Norma
My condolences to the Lerose family. Ray gave me my first job while I was still in high school. He was a pleasure to work for and I feel truly blessed for my time at Shoppers Drug Mart which set me on my path towards my future. Even on my worst day there when I happened to back his truck into a pillar and ruin his bumper, he treated me respectfully and made me feel at ease. After my years at Shoppers it was always a pleasure to run into him, and he was always that same kind soul when we talked. Not an ex-boss but a caring friend. Will miss you Ray.
Dear Carol, Nancy, Jill, Gerry and families: Please accept my sincerest condolences on hearing of Ray's passing. I had the good fortune and pleasure of working with Ray as a fellow pharmacist, business partner and friend. He was truly a very capable, generous, kind, caring and honorable man (and with his wonderful smile and sense of humor). He was highly respected in the Pharmacy and business communities. His family meant ever thing to him. He will be truly missed and well remembered by many.
Our sincere condolences to the family. Ray was so well-known and loved by so many. Losing such a key member of a family & community leaves a big hole in so many hearts. Ray contributed so much to the Trail & Christina Lake communities, and anyone he could help along his way; he always had a kind word & helping hand for all - a great model to all. May your many memories comfort you as you move forward, Arlis, Paddy French & family @CLARA.
Carol..,.I’m so very sorry to learn of Ray’s passing. At this sad time I hope you can all take a measure of comfort in the many precious memories of the life you shared with him....and I’m sure there are many. To you and all the family I offer my sincerest sympathy. He was truly a real gentleman in all ways and definitely left a deep impression!
Dear Carol, Nancy and family We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time Sincerely, Reg & Nives and family
Carol and family...thinking of all of you and hoping all those moments and stories help you through. What a wonderful man and legacy he left. Always time for a smile and chat, a great citizen of Trail. He will be remembered. Sending hugs and prayers.
Dear Jill, Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing... He was such a nice, kind and gentle man. He will always be remembered for the special man that he was...my deepest sympathy to all.
Dear Auntie Carol, Nancy, Jill and Gerry, On behalf of all of us here in Hong Kong, I wish to extend our deepest condolences for the passing of Uncle Ray. Uncle Ray was the best Godfather a boy could have. Ever loving and humorous, he was always ‘just next door’ when we needed him! I will always hold fond memories of our time together. You are in our thoughts and in our hearts. We are sending you lots of love from across the oceans...
Carol and family so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the LeRose family. Many fond memories of family get together between the Maglio’s and LeRose’s.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband, dad and Nonno. I remember him from so many years ago when as a teenager I work at the Terra Nova. He was the kindest and friendliest man. I used to enjoy seeing him around town and having a chat. Our deepest condolences to all your families.
Carol and family, My heart goes out to all of you, my condolences on your loss.
Dear Carol, Nancy and family. We are saddened to read of Ray's passing. We have many fond memories of him from the summers we spent at Christina Lake. Our sincere condolences to you all at this sad time.
Russ & I share in your loss. While I have not seen Ray in a very long time I do have many fond memories of visits between the Maglio’s and the LeRose families, especially the joy, the laughter and the old Italian songs. We were blessed to have had Ray and the rest of the LeRose family in our lives. Rest In Peace, Ray! Anne McLaughlin (nee: Maglio)
Carol, Nancy, Jill and Gerry, on behalf of the Berno family I wish to extend our deepest condolences. Our hearts go out to all of you. We will always hold dear the memories that we have of our time spent with Ray. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but please know we are with you through your grief - you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts. Sending you lots of love and comfort from our corners of the world to yours ❤️❤️.
My sincere condolences to Carol and family at the loss of Ray. His smile and genuine interest in each person he met is what I will always remember and emulate. God bless you and your dear family.
My heart goes out to you Carol and your family. I remember years ago my mother talking about the great pharmacist she dealt with. He was admired by the whole community I think. When I met you and Ray, I felt like I was in the company of famous and well loved people. In no time at all I realized why you were both so well thought of. Please know that my sympathies go out to you and your family. Treasure your memories! No one can ever take them away from you. Hugs
To Carol and family. Please accept our sincerest condolences on Ray’s passing. We will miss the wonderful smiles and hugs he shared with family and friends alike. He always took time to ask how we were doing and to share a short story. His pride and love for his family was a heartfelt badge of honour that he wore openly on his sleeve. May the wonderful memories you shared with Ray provide you with some comfort as you travel this difficult journey of loss. Our thoughts are with you.
My love and prayers go out to you, Nancy, and your entire family. Your dad was such a good, kind and happy man - always smiling, always laughing :) You have all been so blessed to have him in your lives for such a long time...now Heaven will enjoy him for all of eternity <3
Nancy and Mike, we’re so sorry for your loss. Ray was just like his name says “a Ray of sunshine”. He’s leaving a big hole in a lot of people’s lives. He’ll be greatly missed. Hugs Marg and Glenn xx
Dear Carol and family, We were very sad to hear of Ray’s passing, no words can express our sympathies for your loss at this difficult time. In our 7 years in Trail we came to know and love so many of the people we encountered and Ray was a true ambassador to the city during our stay there. A true Trailite, Ray always espoused the best of the community and it’s people, We know he will be missed by so many. You are in our prayers at this time, and we hope you are able to celebrate his life, and all he meant to your family, and community. Ernie and Lynne Lalonde
Sadness fills our hearts to say goodbye to a great neighbour and friend.
So sorry to hear of Ray's passing, he was a great man and touched so many in the Community. I have known him all my life and always was glad to stop and have a chat. His Community pride was so strong and always tried to support every organization in anyway he could. Our thoughts are with the family at this hard time. RIP Ray
Our condolences to the Lerose family. Always a pleasure to see and speak with Ray. He was related to my wife Rose (Maglio). Ray always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he will be missed as his presence made a beautiful world! Russ an Rose
Carol and family ... my sincere condolences.. my heart is broken .. Ray was the best boss ever for the 7 years I worked for him .. I have been so fortunate to have run into him a few times when I came to Trail .. always a shining star.. and always so kind .. he will truly be missed ❤️❤️ Dorina Berno Prince George BC