Clock Designer, Artist, Builder, Horologist, Collector, Appraiser, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend.
Ray was born in Vancouver and lived on a farm in Courtney, B. C. for the first five years.
Later, Ray attended Vancouver Technical High School, and served 9 years as a scoutmaster and cub master. After scouting he served five years in The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, earning the rank of Sergeant, and a scholarship earning him a private pilots license.
Ray soon got into everything time as a young man. He first apprented as a watch and clock technician and then worked ten years for Woodward’s Stores Ltd. as a jeweler, in repairs and an estimator. He received honors in the Woodward’s management-training course.
By 1970, Ray opened his own business building original timepieces, and sculptured clocks. where he received a City of Vancouver commission to design and build the worlds’ first steam clock in ‘Gastown’, Vancouver, B. C.
A star Fellow of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and is the current president of the B. C. Chapter number 121. Teaches antique clock and watch repairing to Club members as a free service.
Has served 24 years in The Vancouver Gastown Lions Club, receiving the highest level of achievement, ‘The Melvin Jones Fellow’ award in 1997, during his post as President of the Club.
Hobbies and interests.
Collecting wrist & pocket watches and miniature clocks. Enjoys creating sculptured timepieces incorporating restored antique movements from clocks and watches. For fun Ray enjoys camping, cycling, computer e-commerce, teaching horology and appraising timepieces.
Owns a large collection of watches & clocks and has provided watch and clock appraisal service for clients for the past 40 years. Has participated as an expert appraiser on CBC TV Antique Road shows. A guest speaker at various Museums and conventions over the past few years. Currently consults, designs, and builds public clocks as well as antique clock & watch restorations.
President of Landmark Clocks International
Owner of the Gastown Steam Clock Company Ltd.