Passing of Ray Roussel

December 15, 2017

I'm sad to inform you that Ray Roussel passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Ray, together with his brother, Dennis, joined the Optimists in 1967. Their brother, Tim, followed them in 1968 with Rick, the family holdout, joining in 1969. Ray was a great baritone player as well as an excellent corpsman. In 1969 Ray was houroured as Optimists Corpsman of the year.

In 1972 Ray and Paul Thompson wrote a book on Bugle Technique, The book was used by the Optimists and soon many other corps were improving their horn lines by making use of the book and the exercises it contained.

Ray joined the Alumni corps when it began. I believe that Ray was the person who created the first website for the Alumni Corps. While Ray very much wanted to play in the Alumni Corps health problems forced him to leave.

A Celebration of Ray's Life

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  • Details
    Monday, January 15, 2018
    from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Great Books Bookstore at the Williamsford Mill (316070 Hwy 6, in the town of Williamsford)
    The bookstore is about a 2 1/2 - 3 hr drive from Toronto.
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    Parking is available on the north side of the building
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