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ATKINSON, Ray Surrounded by a loving family during a sudden decline, Ray Atkinson (83), formerly of Route 1 Atwood (originally from Bethesda), passed away peacefully at Knollcrest Lodge in Milverton on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Beloved husband of Nellie (Zwier) Atkinson, who predeceased him in 1994, he is survived by his children Terry (Lynda), Kevin (Amy), Kerry and Samantha. Special papa of Jordan (Judith), Mackenzie (Rachel), Aedan, Griffin (Denisa), Ciara, Maura and Quin. Ray will be greatly missed by his sister Ruth and her husband Jim (Masters), sister Leona (Van Der Kony) and sister-in-law Betty Atkinson. He is also fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Clarence and Luella (Fines) Atkinson, sister Helen Heise, brother Harold Atkinson and brother-in-law Peter Van Der Kooy. During most of his life, Ray worked on the farm at Bethesda, which had been in the Atkinson family for several generations. In midlife, he and Nellie moved their family to a farm at Atwood, where they settled into the community and spent happy years together working on the farm. During his long life, Ray enjoyed woodworking, making maple syrup and spending time with family and friends. He was very active in sports, in particular baseball and hockey, coaching both as his boys played in their youth. He loved a game of crokinole, which he continued to play up until the past year, defeating both young and old! Relatives and friends were invited to share their memories at Listowel Pentecostal Church, 5629 Perth County Line 86, Listowel on Monday, September 2, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. followed by the funeral service to celebrate Ray's life at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Steve Carruthers officiating. Interment in Elma Centre Cemetery, Atwood. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to Knollcrest Lodge or Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Arrangements entrusted to Brenneman Funeral Home , Atwood (519-356-2382) www.brennemanfuneralhome.ca

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Published in York Region News from Aug. 29 to Sep. 5, 2019.
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