338 - 4th Avenue North | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 2L7
Obituary of Raymond Jesse Sider
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In loving Memory
Raymond J Sider
September 8, 1942 - March 23, 2023
The family of Raymond Sider sadly announces his sudden passing. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Sandy Sider; daughters, Lorena Sider, Kathleen Sider, Wendelyn Mihalchuk (deceased), and Deborah Sider (Randy); grandchildren Kenny, Karyn, Jessica, Daniel, Jeff, Nathan and Alex; and 9 great grandchildren. He is survived by Don Sider (Marion, deceased), Harold Sider (deceased) (Linda) Doug Sider (Charlotte), Ed Sider (Nancy), and Maralyn Graybill (Bob, deceased). He was predeceased by his parents Bruce and Annie Sider.
Ray was an electricain by trade. In his younger years he worked for Weinman Electric in Ontario before entering ministy. He used his trade throughout his life doing the electrical work on buildings he built at Timber Bay, Kamp Kahquah, and on the houses he built in Magnetawan, Ontario and Cathedral Bluffs in Saskatoon, and doing electrical work for his family and friends when he saw they needed help. His life was sprinkled with employment in the electrical trade working in the oil sands in Alberta, and in Saskatoon.
Ray was an ordaned minister by profession, his passion was people. He began his service in ministy with Sandy at Timber Bay Childrens Home where they served first as dorm parents, and returned later as Administrator. He was dedicated to building a community with constructing a guest house, offices, a gymnasium, an outdoor rink, and group homes, to bring people together. He served Timber Bay Childrens home for 15 years, with heart and soul.
Ray was called later to be the Director of Camp Kahquah in Ontario. Ray enjoyed promoting and fund raising for the camp. He did a walk from Camp Kahquah to Niagra Christian College with Sandy following him with a camper. That fund raising journey was just over 500km. He enjoyed greeting everyone on their arrival at camp. He loved to train the summer 2 staff and talk with the kids about Jesus.
Ray was also the Director of Teen Challenge Men's Facility at Allan, Sk for a couple of years. he was always thrilled with the hope & life changes that came about in that ministry. Ray was also Chaplin for Alliance Energy, J & H Builders, and Q-Line trucking was another challenge for one who loved challenges. His heart was always there for the men and whatever situations they might need advice or a kind word to encourage them with. John G. Egnatoff, was a church plant from the Massey Place Community Church. He loved the people who came there to worship. Calgary was a 1 year assignment as well as , Hepburn and Warman.
Ray so enjoyed teaching gunmanship, photography, and photo development in his early years. Photographing of people in interesting settings, gorgeous scenic scenes, as well as the motivation to drive all over looking for license plates to promote his fund raising for ministries. In the 1980's Ray became fascinated with model trains. He collected all the bells & whistles needed to make it lots of fun for him & his grandsons. In his retirement reading, baking, and weaving (red white black gold),colors representing the song: my heart was black with sin, until the Savior came in, His precious blood I know has washed it white as snow, and in Gods Word we're told we'll walk the streets of gold. Oh wonderful, wonderful day, He washed my sins away.
Ray was an avid volunteer. He loved to ring the bells for the Salvation Army organization at Christmas. He faithfully donated blood and plasma. He helped raise money for Cancer, and even shaved his head in support of a grandchild who was suffering from leukemia. He was part of the Billy Graham Evangelical Rapid Response team providing support for people in devastating situations such as the fire in Fort McMurray in 2016.
Ray will be cherished for his strong faith, honesty, wisdom, integrity and leadership, friendship, and wise council. He will be remembered by his humor and quick wit that brought lightness to hearts. Ray found the good in everyone and everything which inspired us to embrace the same zest for life.
Visitations will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2023 from 12:30 - 2:00 pm at the Saskatoon Funeral Home (338 4th Avenue North) followed by a service held at 2:00 pm.
Dependable. Committed. Compassionate.
338 - 4th Avenue North
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 2L7
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