Captain Richard “Dick” C.E. Bray (Ret’d)

    • Captain Richard “Dick” C.E. Bray (Ret’d)
    • RCE Badge circa 1939-45

    We regret to advise of the death of Captain Richard “Dick” C.E. Bray (Ret’d) peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON on 10 June 2009 in his 96th year.

    Dick was born in Ottawa, ON. After graduating from Queen's University Kingston in mining engineering in 1937, Dick served as a Lieutenant and Captain with the Royal Canadian Engineers in Italy and Northwestern Europe. He served successively with 9th Field Park Company, 14th Field Company, 10th Field Company and 12th Field Company.

    After the war, Dick worked for Noranda Mines in the Pamour Porcupine gold mine in Porcupine Northern Ontario and was part of the start-up team for the Geco copper mine in Manitouwadge, Northern Ontario. In 1969 he returned to Queen's University to earn a Masters of Science degree and then worked for Falconbridge at the Raglan Lake nickel mine, Raglan Northern Ontario. After retiring to Kingston, Dick became active in the Rotary Club, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Having suffered major hearing loss during the war, Dick was a strong advocate for the hard of hearing and helped to establish the Kingston Hard of Hearing Club and organized and encouraged the use of hearing assistance devices.

    Visitation will be at the Robert J. Reid & Sons Funeral Home, Kingston on 12 June. A memorial service will be held at Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, on 13 June. In memory of Dick, the family would be grateful for donations to Sydenham Street United Church, the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation, or your chosen charity.