Loss of a Great Brother, Father, Uncle, Friend & Artist and so much more to so many people....
1942 ~ 2014
Ray's presence at Rafter Six will always be remembered as his artowrk decorated much more than the walls and added much to the western flavour of Rafter Six. Yet not only his art was felt, everyone who knew him often laughed alongside from his humour, wit and smiling face that reflected his true appreciation of life, for his family and the God Given beauty of the mountains, clear mountain air and fresh water where he lived for many years of his life.
Ray was a colourful character much like the art he so skillfully created at Rafter Six and he will always be loved and appreciated by all those who knew him and saw his many works!
Beloved Son of T. Norman Cowley and Annie Laing Oliphant.
Born in Calgary, the youngest of five Sons, T. David Cowley (Elaine), Stan Cowley (Gloria), Warren Cowley (Jeanette) Norman Cowley (Eileen).
Ray leaves two Sons, Steve Cowley with his wife Amie and grandson Aaron, and James Cowley with his grandsons Brandon, Tim and Jeremy, as well as many nieces nephews, extended family and friends.
Ray’s life passion was art and as a gifted artist who painted and sculpted, he was known for creating western art that captured the essence of his subject. Ray was also curator of the Buffalo Nation’s Luxton Museum in Banff for 20 years.
Ray was proud and honoured to have received his eagle feather and Indian name “Deer Runner” from the Kainai (Blood) Nation.
Ray was an avid westerner and called Rafter Six Ranch home for the last half of his life and contributed much to the character and art of the ranch owned by his brother Stan Cowley and his wife Gloria, their children Cathy, David, Thomas, Kateri, and Daisy-Rae.
Ray loved fast cars and driving the historic stagecoach and buggies for many ranch events and weddings, as well as riding in the Stampede Parade countless times with enthusiasm and a smile a mile wide with the look of a pioneering cowboy frontiersman.
Ray’s sense of humour preceded him and he left us the following statement to be published in the newspaper once he crossed the great divide... “In my life, I made some good deals and some bad deals... but I really went into the hole on this one!”
Ray’s parting humour was to go peacefully in the early hours of April 1st, to give us one last joke, laugh and a wink. His licence plate read CC UU. His blu-Ray player also said “See You”. That was always Ray’s parting words.
So long pardner & Happy Trails!