FIELDING, Raymond Roy


It is with sadness that the family of Raymond Roy Fielding announces his passing on December 20, 2018, at the age of 84, at Shoreham Village Home for Special Care in Chester. Born on March 16, 1934, in Saint John, NB, Ray moved with his family to Bridgewater in 1947. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Education from Acadia University and then pursued postgraduate studies at the School of Fisheries of the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1953, he attended summer school at the Interamerican School of Spanish in Saltillo, Mexico. He remained strongly attached to Mexico, visiting the country many times. Ray is survived by his wife, Gloria (Cleversey); daughter Jane; son Anthony (Sonya Budge); and grandchildren Jennifer, Meaghan, and Matthew. He was predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Parmilla Fielding, and his brother Ronald. Ray’s teaching career included being principal of the Gaspé Protestant High School in Gaspé, QC, as well as a biology teacher for more than 30 years (New Germany, Centre, and Park View Education Centre). Environmental studies were an important part of his teaching, and he happily took his students on frequent field trips. Extensive traveling throughout Central and North America (including an epic trip with Gloria in 1963, when they drove from Nova Scotia to Panama and back) enabled him to pursue his keen interest in botany. At the property he shared with Gloria and his children beside the LaHave River, he established more than 400 species of trees and shrubs. To pass along his love of plants, he authored two books: Shrubs of Nova Scotia and Plants of the Woodlands and Adjacent Areas of Lunenburg County. Ray’s other personal interests included corresponding with friends from all around the world, oil painting, and raising and showing Great Danes and Poodles. He was a Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club and Charter and Life Member of the South Shore Kennel Club. He was very proud of his family and will be greatly missed. Cremation has taken place, with burial to occur at a later date. Condolences may be left at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia would be appreciated.

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