Condolence: Irene & Annette: Way back in Stoney Creek, the Prime family were more than neighbors. They were good, kind friends and included me in many of their family outings.
Their kindness to me at that time in my life meant a lot to me and I have great memories of Vi and James (and that strange bowl of bacon grease on the counter.) Ray was a close friend for many years and despite his willingness to tutor me in math, I struggled at school. I'm sure I was one of his greatest frustrations. I am pleased to read that Ray had such a fulfilling life, it comes as no surprise to me. Please accept my deepest condolences. Paul
Condolence: Irene, Jackie and Jim I am so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. I have so many fond memories growing up on Roseto Court with your family. Your home was a second home to me, and your family was my second family. My Dad has kept me updated through the years on what the entire Prime family has been up to, and spoke often about how much he and Anne Marie enjoyed their annual visits to your cottage. I still remember all of the wonderful times at the cottage when we were kids and definitely lost track of the number of times we watched "The Great Outdoors" on VHS. Garrett and I were especially touched that Ray and Irene were able to attend our wedding back in 2010. Please accept our deepest condolences.
Tuesday October 23, 2018
Condolence From: Michael McVicar
Condolence: Irene, Jackie, Jim, I am profoundly sorry for your pain and loss. Ray was a great buddy to me as well as a great mentor and boss.
Ray instilled a fierce dedication in us at the lab to do what was needed in a case, not just what was asked of us - to recognize that we were in a position to see examinations that could be important but that the submitter never considered. Every case mattered greatly to someone, and that should matter to us. These things mattered to Ray. I always remember Ray dealing with the challenges of the lab, first as my section head and later as director, with dedication and good nature.
Some of my best recollections of my days at the CFS involve not just the lab and court work, but softball games, picnics, test burns at the Fire College with 'friendly bets' between Ray and Doug Lucas on the outcome of an experiment, Ray's lecture demos on the chemistry of 'blowing things up and burning them down', and Ray, Gareth and myself running each other to exhaustion 3 days a week playing 'just a friendly game' of racquetball at the Y. Ray always walked away with a swagger when he got the win over one of us youngsters. Christmas at the Primes' was something that you did for us for many years as well and something that I greatly enjoyed. It was just a great experience that you and Ray would open your home to us for a big Christmas party and it really did make us folks at the lab a big group of friends instead of just colleagues.
I was in an airport lounge when I heard about Ray's passing, and within an hour I was contacted by six different people to make sure I knew - all current and former CFS staff and other people from other ministries of the OPS that had known Ray. He was well respected and well loved and I will miss him. My deepest condolences to you. God Bless. Michael, Susan, Drew, and Daniel.
Sunday October 21, 2018
Condolence From: Dave and Chris Lansley
Condolence: Irene, Jackie and Jim, We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Ray's passing. We remember when you moved to Roseto Court and we enjoyed many years as neighbours watching Jackie and Jim grow up. We will also remember Ray's talent as a woodworker and his wonderful train set downstairs. Christmas's and Halloween's were a wonderment for all the youngsters in the area with the Prime's creative outdoor decorations and will be remembered by us all. Also the New Year's Eve parties which brought the neighbourhood together. While we had moved away from Burlington, we were delighted to have a chance meeting for lunch and catch up with Ray and Irene - seems only like yesterday. The Lansley family are so sorry for the loss of your loving husband and father.
Friday October 19, 2018
Condolence From: Susan Ford
Condolence: My deepest sympathies to Dr Prime’s entire family. I knew him as a kind, loving, and generous father to his daughter Jackie, always concerned for her success and happiness, supportive, and always so proud of her many accomplishments. His greatness as a person is reflected and lives on in the smart, generous, and kind children he raised with his loving wife. May he live on in your memories.
Thursday October 18, 2018
Condolence From: Lawrence Powell
Condolence: I remember Ray in his burgundy sports coat after his CFS interview , as a chemist ,as chemistry section head, as the Central Receiving Officer, and as the CFS Director, but I cannot remember Ray ever being unkind to anyone.
He treated treated everyone from the cleaning staff, CFS staff, people from various disciplines in Ontario ,out of the province, and out of the country with genuine kindness, humour, and respect.
Retired for almost 20 years, I still meet people who have various Ray stories and only kind words to say about him. He was wonderful friend and I will miss "pooch "greatly.
Thursday October 18, 2018
Condolence From: Anne Marie and Andy Kinoshita
I considered Ray to be more than just a good friend whom I have known for 36 years. He was like a brother...... we talked freely and openly about almost everything. As neighbours in Burlington for 22 years, Ray and I grew to know each other very well. Anne Marie met Ray about 15 years ago, instantly connected with him and became a very good friend with both Ray and Irene. The following is how Ray will be remembered by Anne Marie and me. "We will miss his dry sense of humour and wit and especially his intelligence. As a scientist, his thoughts on various matters were logical and based on facts and verified research. We enjoyed visiting at his cottage and discussing many topics while sitting on the deck overlooking the lake. I shared a lot of beer, sherry, scotch and laughter with Ray both at his home and the cottage. Perhaps it was the drinks that made our conversations seem more enjoyable. The mysteries of the universe and the night sky of twinkling stars intrigued Ray. He would often take his boat onto the lake at night and quietly gaze at the stars. He was equally enamoured by nature and wild life, especially the many birds that enjoyed the seeds that he fed them at his cottage. He had a wide variety of interests including sports, reading, photography and cooking and he thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of games and puzzles. One of Ray's many traits was his meticulous attention to detail and his careful approach to building, making or fixing anything. The quality of his workmanship is evident in the Bunkie that he built at his cottage and the recreation room and family room that he finished in his home. There are many other aspects of Ray that we liked but the most memorable for us will be his genuine warmth behind the facade of reserve common to many people of British heritage. Ray often presented a gruff, critical public persona but underneath that thin veneer was a caring man who was thoughtful, generous, kind and willing to help a friend in need. We will think of him often and the many good times that we shared. He was our very dear friend and we will miss him every day as time passes." We offer our deepest sympathy to Irene, Jackie, Jim and relatives on the loss of a wonderful husband, father, brother and uncle. With sorrow, Anne Marie and Andy
Thursday October 18, 2018
Condolence From: Diane Mammoliti
Condolence: I was so so saddened to hear about the passing of Ray. Gone too soon. Ray was so passionate about forensics. I knew when he didn’t make It to the last advisory meeting, that he must not have been feeling good at all. I waited for him to arrive at the lab to say hi, but he never showed. No matter how ray felt, he always tried to make it to any event at the lab. I’m so sad that I will not see him at the lab anymore. Rest In Peace sweet man. My deepest condolences to his family. He will be so missed by so many.