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ELFNER, Ray Charles “Pete”

[1]Elfner, Ray Charles “Pete”. Peacefully, at home surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday June 23, 2020 in his 85th year.
Ray Elfner beloved husband to Jeannine. Loving father to Charlie (Rita), Bob (Rosie), Fred (Marie), and Carole Atkinson (Ken). Proud and loving Grandpa Grunt to 6 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Sadly missed by his sisters Inez Sherk, Eunice Mageran, Gertrude Elfner, Marlene Grant (Gary) and their families. Predeceased by his brother George and sister Erma Armstrong.
Private cremation with interment at Sweets Corners Christian Cemetery has taken place. Memorial donations to ADS ~ (autismdogservices.ca) or Dunnville Hospital & Healthcare Foundation (dhhf.ca) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences jwhartfuneralhome.com
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#1 Comment By Debra Paterson On June 25, 2020 @ 5:12 pm

I will miss Uncle Ray’s sense of humour and his love of music jamming with family. My deepest condolences to everyone in the family.

#2 Comment By Carol Elfner On June 25, 2020 @ 5:13 pm

My condolances to Jeannine and the family and Ray’s Sisters. He was a force to be reckoned with.
Appliance repairman extraordaire. A fun musician and dancer. And friend. And cancer fighter. He will be missed.

#3 Comment By Ken Oxley On June 25, 2020 @ 5:46 pm

condolences to the family..had a few laughs with him

#4 Comment By Joyce Roberts On June 25, 2020 @ 6:00 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Rays passing. I have heard many stories from Lynda, of the family getting together for much loved singing and playing instruments. He will be missed.

#5 Comment By Barb & Dan Sutcliffe On June 25, 2020 @ 6:22 pm

Our heartfelt condolences to the Elfner Family. We have many memories of Ray and most of them give us belly laughs. The others usually have something to do with Dan and Fred quaking in their boots. He was a one of a kind and a great dancer! May Songs of the Angels welcome you Ray❤️

#6 Comment By Joe and Bonnie vanDalen On June 25, 2020 @ 6:53 pm

We are sorry to hear of Rays passing.
Whenever he came to the restaurant to do some work, you knew if he couldn’t fix it odds are it couldn’t be fixed and you knew the job would be done quick and right . Ray wasn’t much for messing around and he always had a joke/story for Joe.
Reliable, hard working, honest men are a blessing and that was Ray. Our thoughts are with the family/friends at the sorrowful time.

#7 Comment By milt and sharen hoover On June 25, 2020 @ 7:09 pm

Our deepest sympathy to Jeanne and family.We have many fond memories of Ray.

#8 Comment By Dan & Terry Upper On June 25, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

Deepest sympathy to the Elfer family.

#9 Comment By Jim & Penney VanKuren On June 25, 2020 @ 7:35 pm

So sorry for your families loss. Keep his memories close to heart. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

#10 Comment By John and Cindy Bird On June 25, 2020 @ 7:48 pm

Our sympathies to Ray’s family and sisters.
We always enjoyed hearing him sing and strut his stuff around the dance floor at the Elfner family reunions.
Rest In Peace Ray.

#11 Comment By Tim and Anne Mageran On June 25, 2020 @ 7:52 pm

Rest In Peace Uncle Ray … you were a great uncle to me.

#12 Comment By Garnet and Brenda Matthews On June 25, 2020 @ 8:21 pm

Sorry to hear about Rays passing.

#13 Comment By Larry Bowden On June 25, 2020 @ 8:32 pm

My sincere condolences to the Elfner family. Ray was a good man and a great friend to my Dad Jack.

#14 Comment By Robin Bouman On June 25, 2020 @ 8:48 pm

Our heartfelt condolences to Jeannine and family. So sorry to hear of Rays passing.

#15 Comment By Deb and Bob MacConnell On June 25, 2020 @ 9:26 pm

So sorry for your loss.

#16 Comment By Deb and Bob MacConnell On June 25, 2020 @ 9:33 pm

So sorry for your loss.
Rest In Peace Ray.

#17 Comment By Pat Ricker On June 25, 2020 @ 9:37 pm

So very sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. He has a strong family.

#18 Comment By Sheila Williams (Barrey) On June 26, 2020 @ 12:39 am

Jeannine,
I’m so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. As you know, he always liked to tease us gals at work years ago at Farr’s Coach Lines/Cardinal Tours and make us smile. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

#19 Comment By Sandy Passmore On June 26, 2020 @ 12:57 am

Condolences to the Family. Ray was a great man.

He will be missed.

#20 Comment By Alice Creighton On June 26, 2020 @ 2:33 am

Prayers and Love to the family. Ray was such a great guy.

#21 Comment By Trudy Deamude On June 26, 2020 @ 6:19 am

My heartfelt condolences to the Elfner Family. I have many memories of Ray and alot of them, like Sheila said, are from while I worked at Farr’s. Loved his smile. His and Jeannine’s visits to the Deamude farm were always a pleasure. He was one of a kind and will be missed.

#22 Comment By Ron Bowden On June 26, 2020 @ 6:23 am

So sorry to hear of Rays passing, helped me many times with his wealth of knowledge.Condolences to the Elfner family.

#23 Comment By Alice Creighton On June 26, 2020 @ 6:31 am

So sad for your family. I enjoyed the conversations over the years with him. Prayers and Love to your family.

#24 Comment By Charlene & Roger Case On June 26, 2020 @ 6:50 am

We are very sorry you lost Ray,he was quite the man.We el miss home at the family reunions. Condolences to all the family.
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#25 Comment By Denis and Barb James On June 26, 2020 @ 7:26 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Elfner family.

#26 Comment By Jack & Janie Nagel On June 26, 2020 @ 7:58 am

Our condolences to Jeannine and family. He always had a smile on his face and happy to help.

#27 Comment By Lyle & Pat Hoover On June 26, 2020 @ 8:24 am

Sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. Sincere Condolences from Neil Moerschfelder’s family.

#28 Comment By Robert & Barb Fulsom On June 26, 2020 @ 8:43 am

Sending our condolences to the Elfner family. Many good memories of his house calls to fix an air conditioner or refrigerator. Rest In Peace.

#29 Comment By Ira Sherk On June 26, 2020 @ 9:12 am

My Deepest Sympathy to Jeanne and Family,
Will miss our visits over coffee at the Sunflower Cafe,
A Great Guy, R.I.P.

#30 Comment By Tom & Betty Lever On June 26, 2020 @ 9:55 am

We are so sorry for your loss. Ray was a super person. He always had great stories to tell when visiting at Barrys General Store. He had a wealth of knowledge and could fix anything. He will be missed. Rest in Peace

#31 Comment By Mrs Joy Stewart On June 26, 2020 @ 3:21 pm

So sorry to hear Pete lost his fight. He was truly an amazing talented man. He did so many jobs for us over the years and he was not afraid to tackle anything always figuring out the best way to make it work. I cant tell you how much Dad (Jack) appreciated his visits at the shop specially after Mom ( Lois) passed away. RIP dear friend you will be missed.

#32 Comment By Bob & Jane Moerschfelder On June 26, 2020 @ 3:23 pm

Bought my 57 Chevy from ray! Great guy and great neighbour! Condolences to all rays family!

#33 Comment By Mindy & Cody Cronk On June 26, 2020 @ 3:51 pm

We are so very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was such a gem & a great handy-man. I always enjoyed his stories and quick wit while working at the tavern. He will surely be missed.

#34 Comment By Carol parker On June 26, 2020 @ 4:11 pm

Your husband was a nice guy he came many times to repair items for me and his brother George many of time delivered water they were 2 great guys

#35 Comment By Phyllis Armstrong On June 26, 2020 @ 4:42 pm

So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed his visits to the Blue Barn to discuss servise issues with Lyle. Deepest sympathies to all. 🙏

#36 Comment By CARRIE CRONK On June 26, 2020 @ 4:59 pm

I am truly saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. Ray was such a great person, will miss running into him all over the Country while fix’n things! Sending my “thoughts and prayers” to all members of the Elfner family, Ray’s extended Family and friends. take care!

#37 Comment By Larry Montgomery and Joyce Ludlow On June 26, 2020 @ 7:59 pm

Condolences to the Elfner family Ray was a great person enjoyed listening to his music and story telling.

#38 Comment By Ruth &George Marr On June 26, 2020 @ 8:06 pm

So sorry to hear of Rays passing

#39 Comment By Richard & Bonnie (Smith)Vallee On June 26, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

So very sorry for your loss

#40 Comment By Joe and Yvonne Bielic On June 26, 2020 @ 9:22 pm

Our deepest condolences to the Elfner family. Ray was quite the practical joker, story teller and fixer.He will greatly be missed.
Thanks for great memories Jay’s Motel and Restaurant.

#41 Comment By stacey clinton On June 26, 2020 @ 10:13 pm

Thoughts are with you Jeannine and family. Ray was a great guy always there when you needed him. Always had a funny joke to make you laugh. Rest in peace Ray.

#42 Comment By Sean Clifford On June 26, 2020 @ 10:26 pm

Condolences to Jeannine and the entire Elfner family Ray was truly 1 of a kind and a great neighbour he always had time for my young son and give him his spare change to get an ice cream I will miss seeing him every day he would always stop and have a story for me He will be sadly missed Thoughts and prayers Sean Meaghan Mallory and Colton

#43 Comment By Bob and Lynda Lever On June 27, 2020 @ 12:03 am

We are sorry for your loss. Ray has helped our family with furnace fridge and air conditioner repairs for so many years. He will be missed by so many.

#44 Comment By Joel Weaver On June 27, 2020 @ 5:31 am

My love and sympathies to Jeannine and family on their loss.
Ray was wealth of knowledge, willing to drop everything to help a friend in need. He always had a joke ready to make you smile, and was the greatest whistler I’ve ever heard.
I cherish my memories of the time spent in his company and will keep them forever.
Rest well, Ray. You’ll be greatly missed.

#45 Comment By Gord and Brenda Winger On June 27, 2020 @ 8:16 am

Aunt Jeannine and familiy of Uncle Ray, We are saddened to hear of his passing. So sad that we can’t give you our condolences in person. I always enjoyed hearing Ray sing and play guitar and I know that was one of his favourite things to to.

#46 Comment By Keith & Lynda Tanner On June 27, 2020 @ 11:10 am

We’ll miss his frequent visits, those times when we all got together where he played the guitar and sang, and as much as I hate to admit it, all the teasing he gave me when he’d stop by. Greatest Uncle eve!. Rest in peace and know we’ll miss you but will remember you and talk about you often.

Our deepest sympathies to Aunt Jeannine and family.

#47 Comment By Reg & Debbie Armstrong On June 27, 2020 @ 2:42 pm

Thoughts are with you Jeannine and family. I always loved his singing guitar and jokes. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family.

#48 Comment By Reg Armstrong & Lynda Everets On June 27, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. Ray will be missed his guitar playing his singing and his jokes. Our thoughts are with you and your family Jeannie. Rest In Peace Ray

#49 Comment By Donnie and Sharon Adshead On June 27, 2020 @ 4:28 pm

Dear Jeannine and family we are sadden at the passing of Ray I know you will miss him but you have so many memories of the good times you share with family and friends .We will remember the good time we all had at your birthday and we were glad to see Ray that night thank you for inviting us ,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family God bless and take care .Love Donnie and Sharon .

#50 Comment By Jodi Tanner-Perkins On June 27, 2020 @ 4:58 pm

Uncle Ray was a great man…..talented, great sense of humor and would give you the shirt off his back. Will miss hearing your music. Rest In Peace 💕

#51 Comment By Carrie Farr and Family On June 27, 2020 @ 6:32 pm

Dear Jeannine and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was quite the character and always provided us with a laugh. So grateful we had the pleasure of knowing him. Hold your memories close.

#52 Comment By Alan Grant & Lisa Claffey On June 27, 2020 @ 6:40 pm

We will miss those words he used to say “I can’t remember how it goes” just before he would start strumming and singing just like he knew it all along. Uncle Ray would bring laughter where ever he showed up and that among many things will be missed.
Aunt Jeannine and family, our deepest condolences.

#53 Comment By Dave & Yvonne Larmour On June 30, 2020 @ 7:45 pm

Sorry to hear of the loss of a father and brother, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers

#54 Comment By Tom and Kathy Nagel On July 1, 2020 @ 7:16 am

Sorry to hear of Rays passing. Sending our condolences to the Elfner family.

#55 Comment By scott cronk On July 1, 2020 @ 5:19 pm

loved the man is charlie (don) never new ,bob & big fred didn,t know had sister & to your mother fixed lot things for me over years had his way just let him go

#56 Comment By scott cronk On July 1, 2020 @ 5:32 pm

loved the man couldn,t find a more carring contancerouse guy

#57 Comment By Judy Ens On July 2, 2020 @ 10:31 am

Condolences to Aunt Jeannine and Family.

Uncle Ray had so many wonderful attributes, from his kindness to all he met, his sense of humor wherever he went, his honesty and of course his musical talent. I will especially miss the times when we all get together for Christmas guitar playing and singing however he will always be there with us in spirit and Uncle Ray, rest assured you will be talked about at those gatherings !
Rest in Peace Uncle Ray.

#58 Comment By Wayne & Nancy Siddall On July 2, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

We are sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. We always enjoyed talking with him whenever we met and hearing his stories. He helped us out with our refrigeration at the fishhouse many times and was an all around good guy.
Our sincere condolences to Jeanine and family.

#59 Comment By Walter and Carole Hoover On July 6, 2020 @ 2:32 pm

Our sincere condolences to the Elfner family. Ray will be missed😢