Ray had a lifelong love affair with sunshine, boating and family and if you were on the Richibuctou River you would have seen him on a pontoon with Carol, his soulmate. Their magical romance was one for the books as they were inseparable. He was quick to propose as they both wanted nothing more than to build a life together where they made blended families look easy. They were keen to take on ambitious building projects together, and still made time for creating family memories poolside, adventuring in their RV, travelling south or simply relaxing together at home.
Rheal’s love for his 4 children was unshakable. His son Randy was the spitting image of his father, and no matter what Rheal was doing he was always present for “his girls”; Shanel, Jazna, Mira. As a dad, he couldn’t promote it enough, his desire for his children to be independent and to persevere towards their goals.
Rheal was a visionary who was action oriented at his core, a rebel, a loyal friend, an exceptional father and a dedicated partner. He lived his life to the fullest every day. Ray’s work life was one of service and dedication to his passion for firefighting and caring for others. He was a captain with the Dieppe Fire Department where he served his community as a Firefighter for 39 years and positively impacted many people through his work. He saw his crew as his extended family.
Rheal was not afraid of hard work. His sense of adventure was insatiable. As much as he loved to explore new travel destinations, good restaurants and fine wines, he also learned to have an appreciation for the simpler things.
Raised in Dieppe, his siblings (Luc, Charles, Paulette and Linda) have countless stories of ways he helped them, along with his beloved in-laws (Adrien and Emma Doiron) whose bond was immeasurable.
In honor of Cpt. Rheal Leger, following the Line of Duty Death Protocol from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, a ceremony will be held from CCNB Campus, 505 Rue du College, Dieppe, NB, on Sunday, January 15th, 2023 at 2 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you do something nice for somebody else unexpectedly, and without explanation.
Rheal left many valuable lessons during his 57 years and the ones that stand out most are for people to face their fears head on; work hard and play hard and family first as his recipe for a full meaningful life.
The family invites you to sign a book of condolences at: www.funerairepassagefuneral.ca.
Arrangements under the professional care of Passage-Chartersville Funeral Cooperative and Cremation Center, 363 Amirault Street, Dieppe, NB, (506) 857-1901.