Raymond Arnold Joseph Oulette passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the age of 81 years, beloved husband of the late Gail Florence Oulette. He leaves to cherish his memory, his three daughters, Sheryl Sherk and her husband Doug, Laurie Oulette and Brenna Oulette all of Medicine Hat; seven grandchildren, Rachel (Rick) Vair, Teressa Sherk Shawn Whiteford), Shayla, Grayson and Joel Oulette, Cassandra and Nicholas Oulette; five great grandchildren, Madison Densmore, Lilah, Kaidence and Gage Vair and William Whiteford. He was predeceased by his parents David William Oulette and Esther Oulette, and his sisters, Beatrice, Mary, Edith, Florence and Bertha and his brothers Sonny and Donald. Raymond was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, where today, his nieces and nephews know him as Uncle Ray. His living brothers Gordie and Jimmy Oulette always stayed connected with Raymond. Jimmy and Ray would always rival who was the best bus driver. Raymond drove bus for the City of Medicine Hat for 35 years. At his 50th wedding anniversary, he noted that the mayor could not make the event due to someone had to drive the bus. Raymond was always full of wit and loved to use humour in his storytelling. How many times did we hear the story of his family picking blueberries in the woods of Flin Flon and he was playing with his jackknife by the railroad tracks and he looked up, and ten feet in front of him he saw a big brown bear, so he right away he yelled Bear and all his family dropped their pails of blueberries and ran down the track. Raymond moved to Medicine Hat, Alberta in 1965, his brother Sonny suggested he get out of the mine and come to sunny Alberta. He got a job at Goodyear and worked there for many years. Raymond loved to referee and coach Hockey, he was the first to help make the rules for sledge hockey in Canada. He also loved to tell stories and won first prize in public speaking in the Moose Ritual team. Raymond was the Honorary Elder for Sunworks Arts and Cultural Society for 20 years, and delivered Metis storytelling, Jigging and Elder teachings with the schools and for special cultural events. He would teach his grandchildren a few Cree/Mitchif words whenever they gathered at his house, he would say Tansi Tootamin. Hi How are you. We recently did a film on the Strength of the Metis at the Esplanade with all his grandchildren. He was strong in his faith, and always told his children and grandchildren when they were away, that they were never alone, that Jesus walks with them, and today, Jesus is walking with Raymond in heaven. Raymond was an advocate for M.A.D.D. and volunteered his time fund-raising against drunk driving. Raymond was also in the army militia at 16 and would teach strong work ethics to his grandchildren and to youth. His last statement on zoom for a work ethic class, he stated to the youth he was born to work. He would always get up early in the am, do laundry, scrub the floors, and just recently did a short film, on work ethics of the Metis and his family. In Raymond's home he would always have an open door policy. He helped relatives and strangers stay at his place and offer them a bed, food, and hospitality, no matter who you were, he would give you the shirt off his back and his last 20 bucks. Even in his backyard were campers, trailers for relatives to stay and not asking anything in return. He did not have much, but his love was what he gave. He was not a material person, a roof over your head, go to work, have food in the fridge and your good to go. He would spend countless days with his grandchildren, bike riding, taking them to their baseball games, buying them a super large slush and chocolate bar, and the grandchildren were never wrong, he supported them, spoiled them, and encouraged them to be their best and do their best. He is so proud of all his grandchildren and great grandchildren to this day.
The days were filled with laughter and joy. And now he is having much joy in heaven, with his wife Gail and his loved ones.
Our dads last breath on earth is his first breath in heaven, until we meet again, we all hold great memories and celebrate his life on earth. Revelations 22, there will be no more suffering , no more pain and no more death.
KISAKIHITIN Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Brother, We LOVE YOU, forever and always in our hearts.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the PATTISON FUNERAL HOME on Thursday evening between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - masks are mandatory. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private funeral mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. with Fr. Rodel Abanto celebrant. The eulogy will be read at 12:45 p.m. To watch, please go to youtube.com and search Medicine Hat Holy Family Church. Interment will follow in the Hillside Cemetery. Those who wish to remember Raymond with a donation, may do so to the Matriarch Movement Foundation: contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: email@example.com subject heading: Raymond Oulette