It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of Raymond Arthur Bentley on April 2, 2010 at 84 years of age in Port Hardy, BC.
Raymond is predeceased by his parents Clifford (1977) and Josephine (1974). His beloved wife Geraldine (2007) and his beloved daughters Glenda (1996) and Maureen (1990), his sisters Shirley and Lorraine (Babe).
Raymond is survived by his son Robert Bentley, his grandchildren Danielle Bentley, Bruce Stoner and Kimberley Bentley. His brother-in-laws Jack Croll (Sheila), George Lutz and many nieces and nephews, his extended family the Lanthiers and his many many dear friends.
Raymond worked for CANFOR from the age of 16, he worked his way up to superintendent at Beaver Cove Log Sort until his retirement in 1990. Even after his retirement he still continued to check up on the sort almost daily. Raymond and his family lived in a few logging caps before moving permanently to Port McNeill in 1974. Raymond joined the Lions in 1975 and was a valued member till his passing. Raymond had a passion for fishing and also chartered. His shacks at Barnett pass were well known to many and he made many long time friends. In 1986 Raymond started Kokish Fish Hatchery and watched over it like a new born baby. He had received much recognition for his hard work in Salmon Enhancement and in his community.
He was the cornerstone for his family, his friends and his community. He is gone but never forgotten, always in our hearts. We would like to thank the special people at Eagle Ridge for their caring of Raymond. He enjoyed their smiles so much.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Lions Hall in Port McNeill on Saturday, April 24th, 2010 at 1 pm with reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers Raymond requested donations be made to Port McNeill Chinook Club for Salmon Enhancement in his name.