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Raymond J. Cossette
1939 – 2023
Raymond Cossette, late of Estevan, SK, peacefully passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, September 1, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, SK at the ... Read More
Raymond J. Cossette
1939 – 2023
Raymond Cossette, late of Estevan, SK, peacefully passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Friday, September 1, 2023 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Estevan, SK at the age of 83 years. Raymond was a loving husband and devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather.
Ray was born on November 24, 1939, the second of 5 children to Charles and Emma Cossette. Dairy farming was in his blood, and he milked cows from the time he was old enough to walk, until the cows were sold in 2011. As a child, he worked alongside his dad and later, along with his brothers Anton and Bob, took over the dairy which became known as C. Cossette and Sons.
Ray met the love of his life, Rose Messer, at a New Year’s dance for Catholic Young Workers. She was taking nurse’s training in Winnipeg when they were courting, but he eventually lured her back home to the dairy farm where they started building their life together.
They married in 1962, and together raised 5 children. With the three families on the farm there were 11 kids, so once the work was done at the end of the day there was often just enough energy left for a ball or tennis game with the kids.
In 2003, Ray and Rose moved into Estevan. He continued to go to the farm almost every day to help his son Randy, who had taken over the dairy. He later also started working with Gord Stevenson doing lawn and yard care around Estevan. He was very proud of the work he did with Gord and up to the day of his passing, during his favorite pastime of going for drives, he would point out yards and say, “Gord and I did that lawn”.
In recent years, as his health declined and he was no longer able to work, his passions changed. Playing poker with his buddies and spending time with his family were the things that brought true joy. He will be remembered as a man who taught his family the value of working hard, but also sharing a good laugh and enjoying every moment. “Everybody loved Raymond”.
Raymond is survived by his wife Rose Cossette; brothers, Anton (Annette) Cossette, Bob (Carol) Cossette; sisters, Marie Marcotte, Irene (Peter) Tarnes; In-laws, Joe Messer (Claire Sundin), Margaret Messer, Carol Messer, Vikki and Jeff Rehberg; his children and their families, daughter Raylene (Lyall) Boehmer (their family, Katlin Boehmer, Bailey (Derek) Stimson – Caitlin, Alex, Emily; Kyley (Colby) Stone – Aubrey Lema and Austin Stone); daughter Rita (Darryl) Kerr (their family, Justin (Kathy) Kerr – Robert and Gemma; Jamie (Tom) Lees – Harlow and Tyrus; Janet (Christopher) Thiessen – Bentley, Easton, Matix and Everly); daughter Rhonda Cossette; son Randy Cossette (his family, Jordan (Mark) Hawes – Leo; Levi (Chantel) Cossette – Eva and Remi; Kendra Cosette); daughter Roberta (Dalton) DeRosier (their family, Cortney (Tanner) Frycz; Cassidy (Garrett) Leclair; Casey DeRosier and Kyle Dungca) as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The Public Visitation was held on Monday, September 4, 2023 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hall Funeral Services, Estevan, SK. The Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Estevan, SK with Rev. Thuy Nguyen presiding.The family invited everyone to the parish hall for a time of fellowship and refreshments following the Funeral Mass. Interment will take place at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens, Estevan, SK.
A video recording of the service will be available for 90 days, using this link: https://event.forgetmenotceremonies.com/ceremony?c=50d374fb-5ea6-4b5a-b02c-f19ce4aa33e1.
In memory of Raymond, memorial donations may be made to the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation (designate to Palliative Care & Homecare), 1176 Nicholson Rd., Estevan, SK S4A 0H3.
Hall Funeral Services in Estevan provided care to Raymond’s family – Yvonne Clark, Funeral Director.
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