ExploreNorth, your resource center for exploring the circumpolar North

Return to the Home Page The ExploreNorth Blog About ExploreNorth Contact ExploreNorth

Search ExploreNorth

Irvin Forest Ray (1904-1952)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, September 26, 1952

Headline: Irvin Ray Dies Suddenly on Road, 1952

    Irvin Forrest Ray, resident of Yukon for thirty vears and Whitehorse businessman, died Wednesday on his way from Carmacks.

    Mr. Ray had been on a hunting trip with Alex Strandberg to Mount Freegold, near Carmacks, when he was seized with severe chest pains. When the pains did not pass, Mr. Strandberg insisted on driving Mr. Ray in to the hospital. They rested at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Lidden before proceeding to Whitehorse. About ten miles out of Carmacks Mr. Strandberg asked Mr. Ray how he was feeling and ne answered that he was very sick and rested his head on the back of the seat.

    Mr. Strandberg presumed he was sleeping and it was not until they arrived in Whitehorse and he enquired whether Mr. Ray preferred to go home or to the hospital that he discovered Mr. Ray was dead.

    Mr. Ray was born at Downeyville, California, on January 14, 1904. He walked over the trail from Whitehorse to Mayo in 1922. He worked foy the N.C. Co. in Mayo, the Territorial Government and mining companies in that area. He joined in partnership with Mr. Ed H. Barker under the firm name of Barker Ray Ltd.

    He is survived in Whitehorse by his widow Elsie, one sister, Mrs. Amy Ozart in Victoria, B.C., three brothers having predeceased him.

    Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. from the Old Log Church, Rev. Rattray officiating. The services will be under the direction of the Masonic Order of which Mr. Ray was a member.