Raymond John Schmidt


Jan 2, 1947 – Jan 26, 2020 (Age 73)


January 2, 1947
January 26, 2020



                                            Raymond John Schmidt

Dr. Raymond John Schmidt of Sherwood Park, Alberta passed away on January 26, 2020. Born in Calgary, Alberta on January 2, 1947, he was the son of the late William R, and Ruby M. Schmidt of Gleichen, Alberta. Raymond was raised in Gleichen and attended High School at the Bow Valley in Cluny, Alberta. In his formative years Raymond was an excellent student and athlete. He was an avid curler and volleyball player as well as an accomplished track and field star. In his senior year, Raymond placed first in the decathlon event at the Wheatland County annual track and field tournament. After high school he went on to the University of Alberta in Calgary where he received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Economics and Education as well as a master of Arts degree in Education. A dedicated educator and coach, Raymond, Raymond worked as a high school Social Studies teacher and volleyball/curling coach in Standard, Alberta and later in Calgary. Deeply interested in the use of information technology for education, Raymond moved to Sherwood Park, Alberta in 1980 to work for the County of Strathcona managing their education resource center. In 1990, he received his PhD in Education from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Raymond loved to travel and spent most of his summers visiting relatives and friends in England as well as travelling throughout Europe. In the 1980's Raymond presented at many education conferences around the world and served as the editor of the Alberta Teaches Association magazine. In 1988 he was stricken with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and in 1995 he was forced to retire from his job at the County of Strathcona due to the progression of the MS disease. His final years were greatly eased by the many dedicated caregivers and friends, especially his long-term friend, Dr. Kathryn Jones, all of whom did an excellent job attending to his needs. Raymond's courage and good humor during his battle with MS was an inspiration to all those who knew and loved him.Raymond is survived by his two siblings, his brother Kenneth Schmidt of Calgary and his wife Debra Schmidt and their children, Parker Schmidt and Kendra Oglestone; as well as his brother Ian Schmidt of Boston, Massachusetts and wife, Annemarie and their children, Julia, Alexander and Nicholas. A celebration of life for Raymond will be held at a future time. In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests that donations be made in Raymond's name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. 

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I so enjoyed working with Ray during his days as the director of education resources for Strathcona County. I remember his genuine warmth and gentle sense of humour. A wonderful colleague and human being! So sorry to hear of his passing!

Ray was a trooper. We were friends since the l960s and I lived with him when the first signs of MS began to emerge. His courage, wit and intelligence saw him through and enriched the lives of friends and colleagues. His passing leaves a huge hole in my heart..

Ray was my husband's long time friend but he became my friend too after meeting him in 1996. We began a yearly visit soon afterwards. As the years went by, I watched as Ray accepted his life's journey with dignity and courage. Rest in Peace my friend. My condolences to Ray's family and to his caregivers.

Ray, you were a man of intellect, courage and hope. You were truly an inspiration to myself and I'm sure to many others. May God grant you, your family and your friends many blessings at this time.

Ray was a very personable and helpful colleague. He was always cheerful and eager to share his expertise. Even through his fight with MS he remained upbeat. Rest In Peace my friend!

In the annals if good humans, Ray stood tall. Always cheerful, supportive, and open.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Raymond. You are at peace now with the good Lord and no more suffering. Rest and be happy.

Ray was one of the most courageous people I have ever known. He lived his life to the fullest possible, embracing every obstacle with stubborn, focused problem solving skill and a heavy dose of good humour. He was a wonderful colleague and friend.

Ray was an amazing person, a wonderful friend, a great host, and an excellent conversationalist (he was interested and knowledgeable about world affairs, politics, literature, movies, history - pretty much everything). His intellect and sense of humour were with him throughout his life. Most amazing though, was Rays approach to life. He was incredibly positive even as he faced serious challenges with MS. He truly was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. We will miss Ray and our...