April 15, 2020
Ray Piester
Ray Piester
Ray Peister passed away on Apr. 7. He was 91.
Few can reflect on Ray Peister without visualizing his constant smile and recalling his gentle nature. Joining McLean-Peister Ltd. in February 1961, he was a dedicated and trustworthy member of brother Glenn’s landscape construction business, rising to the position of Vice-President of Sales, until his retirement in 1994.
Ray was often charged with the task of delivering bids to Toronto, at times, racing down Highway 401, to then find a parking space at Yonge and Bloor, and a pay phone to call back to the office,  then scribble down the quote amount and deliver the tender, just in time to beat the clock.
After his retirement in 1994 he constructed Westhill Meadows, a pitch and putt golf course to fill a niche in Waterloo, Ont.
Ray was very active at Chicopee Ski Club for decades with he and his wife Lyn accepting the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 1994 for their devotion to the race program, with his athletic family becoming topnotch racers.
Survived by sons Rick (Kate) and Mike (Caroline) 6 grandchildren and a great grandson. Predeceased by daughter Judy (2017) and by his wife of 66 years Lyn (2019).