Benedetti, Raymond William
December 9, 1930, to September 10, 2022
It is with deep sadness that the family of Ray Benedetti announces his peaceful passing at the age of 91. Ray was born to Steve and Marie Benedetti in 1930 in Wynndel, BC. His family lived in Trail for a short time and later moved to Nelson where he met and married his wife, Edna Robison, on October 18, 1952. They later raised two children and enjoyed spending time with their grandchildren.
Ray started his career as a travelling automotive parts salesman, then became a taxi owner / operator and eventually went into business with his brother Don operating Wait’s News Stand on the corner of Baker and Ward Street in Nelson until he retired in 1989. In 2002 Ray and Edna moved to Kelowna to be closer to their grandchildren.
Throughout his active years Ray loved to golf, curl, bowl and go on hunting trips with his Uncle Louie. He was especially proud of his three hole-in-ones (two in Spokane and one in Nelson). In his later years he developed a fondness for watching golfing, tennis, and old westerns on TV. He had a great sense of humour and was a generous and loving father and grandfather. He will be forever loved and missed.
Ray is survived by his daughter Arlene (Bruce Bunce) and son Raymond; his grandchildren Tyler, Brece, Nolan, Cameron, Mitchell, Kaden, Cole, Hailie, and Noah; and sisters-in-law Nina, Alice and Phylis. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Edna and his three brothers, Don, Syl and Stevie.
The family would like to thank the wonderful and hard-working Interior Health care aides and his housekeeper who assisted Ray at home in his final years. (He’s still waiting for that T-bone steak and eggs for breakfast!)
At Ray’s request there will be no formal celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon or BC Cancer Foundation.