Refai (Ray) Haymour (July 16, 1966 – July 6, 2012)
Peacefully and courageously, Refai (Ray) Haymour passed away on July 6, 2012, after an intense battle with a very aggressive cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family and the prayers of the many people whose lives he touched. Ray was described by all who knew him as a man who lived life fully. While his accomplishments are too many to list here, let it just be said that he was extremely successful in all endeavors and yet he always put people first, creating winning and supportive teams. Above anything else, Ray cherished foremost his family. He is survived by his loving wife Barb and his three sons, Jordan (14), Joel (12) and Justin (9) who are their pride and legacy. Ray’s parents, Sohila and Mohamed, along with his sisters, Rita (Ray), Hindy (Darren), Efaf (Pete), and Tammam; his maternal grandmother Fatima; his nephew Jeff, nieces Janelle and Jenna, and a large and loving extended family join together in loss while preparing to also celebrate his amazing 45 year life.
Ray spent his early years in Calgary and then in Kelowna where he first met Barb. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Science degree which led him to his professional life in Vancouver, where he and Barb together made their home and their own family with the three boys. To get a break from their busy schedules and just be together with family, Ray, Barb, and their boys spent as much time as possible in Kelowna, their second home. Ray loved to play hockey, golf and water sports whenever he could and modeled a winning spirit and passion for sport and life.
Now Ray joins his grandfather Albert and uncle Adel Abougoush, two men with whom he shared so many fine qualities. His extensive family and network of friends and colleagues loved Ray dearly. His influence will be present with us always.