June 1, 1935 - August 15, 2017
Joseph Raymond Porlier 82 passed away peacefully at Overlander Extended Care facility in Kamloops, BC on August 15, 2017. Raymond is survived by his wife of 21 years Thelma Porlier, sons David (Colleen) Porlier, Mark (Shelly) Porlier and Stephen, daughter Teresa (Shane) LeBeau and stepchildren (Erika and Stephen). He has numerous nieces and nephews, and his favourites the grandchildren. Raymond was predeceased by his brother Lenny, sister Eunice, three step-sisters and his parents Henry and Alice Porlier.
Born in Saskatchewan on June 1st, 1935 Raymond was five when the family moved to a homestead in Bear Creek, BC and later to the farm in Chase Creek. Farming, hunting, creek fishing were of his fondest memories. Tromping by foot up to the little country school in Chase Creek and then up and down the switchbacks to attend school in Chase. Pranks, fun and frolic ensued; until in 1956 Raymond joined the Canadian Armed Forces. Returning home from service in 1959 he married Ella Saxton and four children followed to keep them busy. Raymond dabbled in the forest sector until he was early diagnosed with MS, which left him struggling to stay active. After Ella's death Raymond rallied and enjoyed visiting local coffee shops where his laughter could be heard daily in his favorite place " the streets of Chase".
Raymond met his current wife Thelma in Chase when she had moved west from Ontario. The family was blessed to have her kind, caring, organized, happy outlook on life join Raymond and continue to live in Chase. Camping, family, friends and his Catholic Church gave him many hours of pleasure. With a slow deterioration of health and onset of Alzheimer's Ray was moved into Overlander Residential Care where nurses and doctors gave him outstanding care even in difficult times.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to all involved with his care, to his friends of Chase who always asked about him, and to Father Paul and Nuns. A Graveside Service will be held in Chase on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm at the Chase Cemetery. Ray will then be at peace in his favourite place Chase, BC.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com