Peacefully at home surrounded by family. Ray went to be with his Lord on October 18th in his 83rd year. Beloved husband of Ruth Edna (Frith) Nicholson for 60 years. A much loved father of Larry and Ruth Nicholson of Papua New Guinea, Lauren and Garnet Thistlethwaite of Woodstock, Donald and Deborah Nicholson of Sprucedale, Dale and Carolyn Nicholson of Markdale and Kevin Nicholson of Mount Forest. Blessed with 19 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Predeceased by one special grandson, Jordan Willem Nicholson.  He is survived by his sister, Ruth and Norm Haines of Brantford and brother Paul and Glenna Nicholson of Brantford and sister-in-law Nancy Nicholson of London. Predeceased by brother Ian. Ray and Ruth served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 56 years, with a passion for unreached people groups. The family will receive friends at Faith Baptist Church, 485 King St. E., Mount Forest on Tuesday October 23rd from 2:00-4:00p.m. and 7:00-9:00p.m.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Faith Baptist Church, Wednesday October 24th at 11:00a.m. A reception to follow at the church hall, thence to Markdale Cemetery for committal service and interment at 3:00 p.m. If desired, memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators Canada. Arrangements entrusted to May Funeral Home, Markdale, online condolences at

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