Ray Gemmill of Surrey, BC (Cloverdale) and formerly of Cobden, Ontario, passed away peacefully in the Surrey Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 in his 90th year.
He is survived by his children Raeann Gemmill, Rebecca Gemmill, Susan Green, Angela (Bill) Evers and Tracey (Ramon) Fresneda, his step-sons Alan, Brian, Derek and Ian Moyes, his brother Wally (Muriel) Gemmill and his sister Isabelle Dunlop. Also survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his wife Helen, his brothers Jack Gemmill and Pat Gemmill, and most recently, his son, Bill Gemmill.
Ray retired from harness racing a few years ago; he had been a huge part of Fraser Downs/Cloverdale Raceway since 1974. He trained many successful horses over the years and also ran an on-track feed business for 25 years. Of late, he could be seen around Cloverdale on his scooter making his way to the backstretch to play cards with the boys. Ray had a long, colourful life and enjoyed entertaining at any opportunity. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Surrey, BC (Cloverdale) on Saturday, September 21 at 2 pm at the Homestretch overlooking Fraser Downs at Elements Casino. At the request of the venue, RSVP's are appreciated by September 15, 2019 to CelebrationForRay@gmail.com.
If desired, donations to the Harness Racing BC Horsemen's Benevolent Fund, Bethshan Gardens Retirement Residence or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.