Raymond Malkow was born January 27, 1930 in Glentanna, B.C., the third of eleven children. Raised on the family farm, Ray spent his teenage years working in the family sawmill.
In the 1950s, Ray moved to Smithers, working at Berg’s Garage as a Volkswagen mechanic. The 1960s saw Ray move to Terrace to work in the logging industry. He then spent numerous years working in Nass Camp as a small engine mechanic.
Ray’s interests included hunting, fishing, curling and traveling. He spent many years traveling with friends to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and the Philippines. It was on one of his trips to the Philippines he met and married Leony. In the 1980s, Ray moved south to Castlegar to work for a paving company.
In 1994, Ray moved back to the Bulkley Valley to enjoy his retirement. He enjoyed gardening and building garden furniture in his spare time. Failing health caused Ray to move to the Bulkley Lodge in 2001, where he remained until his passing on March 27, 2004.
Ray is survived by his sisters: Anne (Burt) Greene of Telkwa, Olga (Don) Moffet of Smithers, Helen (Duane) Anderson of Terrace, Lorraine (Keith) Trask of Terrace, Margie (Darwin) Dunham of Terrace, and brother Willie of Granisle. Ray is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Ray was predeceased by his father John, mother Annette, brother Mike and John, and sisters Frances and Pat.
Ray’s family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Bulkley Lodge and Dr. Blouw for the care and kindness shown to Ray during his time at the Lodge.
Thank you to Reverend Bob Mitchell, the Ladies of Mountain View Assembly and the Valley Youth Fiddlers for their contributions to Ray’s memorial service.