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Walter Ray Fagan passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 6th, at the age 95; surrounded by his family. If you asked him, Ray would tell you “I have had a good life!”
Ray was born in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, the son of the late Melville and Pearl Fagan. Ray is predeceased by his son David R. Fagan and granddaughter Siobhan Harloff. Ray is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, June; his children Deborah Harloff, Brian (Roxane) Fagan, Susan (Michel) Bethea and Daughter-in-law; Vivian Fagan. Grandchildren: Garrett, Shannon, Erin (Cody), David, Andrew, Julia, and Carinn. As well as great-grandchildren: Jayden, Lillian, Peyton, and Chase.
Ray was employed for over 30 years in the telephone communications industry in Ontario, Canada and New York State, where he worked as an engineer. Upon his retirement, Ray and his wife were fortunate enough to spend their retirement years in their home on Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes in Western NY. There he became interested in wood carving; where he and his friends formed the Crooked Lake Carving Group. They spent many hours carving waterfowl and displaying their work in a group exhibit at the Keuka Arts Center Gallery. Ray enjoyed sharing his craft by teaching others how to carve.
Ray and June enjoyed their travels to many places around the world. Ray was an avid golfer and boater. Ray coached for the Youth Hockey Program in Rochester NY for many years. A favorite sport was curling; Ray was a founding member of the Rochester Curling Club. He and his team members were club champions for many years. Ray relished building and maintaining long-term friendships. Upon retirement he was fond of meeting with a group of his colleagues from Stromberg Carlson, they called themselves the “Romeos”, Retired Old Men Eating Out.
A funeral service will be held at Fuller’s Funeral home, Naples Fl with interment planned for the summer of 2023 in Victor, NY. In Lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to AVOW Hospice, www.avowcares.org