JONES, Ray - Beloved friend, writer and photographer, Ray Jones, died on February 22, 2023, at Toronto General Hospital.
He was born in 1945, outside London, UK, outliving his older sister, Doris.
He immigrated to Canada in the late 1960s. He was a quiet but avid activist.
Described as an accomplished wordsmith with a sharp wit, a wry observer of life.
He was a trenchant yet nuanced writer, and a gentle loving soul.
His work with The Kingston Men's Movement and the Men's Network inspired many to campaign for an end to homophobia and men's violence against women, children and other men. In 1989, he helped Men for Women's Choice get established.
Ray taught at Western University, worked as a journalist at the Vancouver Province, as a copy editor at The Globe and Mail, and later at Canada Post. He also edited the novel, "The Jade Peony" by Wayson Choy.
Ray was a published writer of short stories, winning an award in the Surrey Contest Anthology in 2008 for his story, "Beseech". He was an accomplished photographer and appreciated all the arts. He was a sensitive, aware man who understood the human condition and knew how to listen and hear people with compassion – without judgement.
He is grieved by a small group of loyal friends.