Ray and Jeanne's

Personal Interests

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Ray and Jeanne Mexico Dec 2014


Parliament Buildings

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Skiing in the Gatineau Hills

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Skate on the Rideau Canal

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Tulip Festival at Dow's Lake

For more information on our fair city, see www.ottawa.com

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, has been our home since 1992. Ray was an engineer with Bell Canada and Jeanne worked in the IT world. We are both now retired and have time to pursue our other interests and travel the world. Ottawa is a great place for us to bicycle, hike in the Gatineau hills, ski and skate in the winter, and play a little tennis.

In the winter of 1999-2000 we combined a trip to Nepal with backpacking through South East Asia. This was so successful we have been spending up to 5 months each year exploring more countries. We added another dimension to our travels in December 2007 and January 2009 by volunteering for a month as part of our trip.

We are still going strong, travelling to new countries every year and combining visits with our daughter, Erica, and her family in Paris. In addition, we have had visits in the spring or fall to Europe with our friends from my alma mater, Bishop's.

(see the Travels section for photos and writeups).

Add to this our hikes in the Gatineaus around Ottawa, the Adirondacks and New Hampshire and bicycle trips to Vermont, Virginia and Italy and we don't have time to work anymore. Life is too short.

Our Family

Our son, Ross, lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife Sherri and their three active boys, Tyler (20), Ryan (18) and Gavin (14). Tyler is in his third year at Unitversity of Ottawa in Mechanical Engineering. Ross works in the parts department of Galloway Trucks in Bradford. This is an ideal job for him as he has had a life long fascination for 18 wheeler trucks. Sherri operates an office cleaning business in Barrie.

April 2017 Ross and Sherri, Tyler, Gavin, Ryan with cats

Our daughter, Erica, and her husband Andrew Auerbach and their two boys, Atticus (12) and Roman (10) moved to Paris, France in October 2007 where Andrew has taken a job with OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development). Erica works as the librarian at The University of London in Paris. Students studying French as their major must spend two years in France. The classrooms and library are located in a British Trade building in Les Invallides area of Paris. We have visited the family several times in the last several years and are getting to know the city very well.

(see the Paris section for photos and writeups)

Sushi in Paris Oct 2016

The best way to get together with Ross and Erica and their children in the summer is to rent a cottage. To read a short write-up and see photos of our children and grandchildren at the cottage and in Ottawa, click one of the following:

Family Summer 2015 and Family Summer 2016

Our families have joined us for 2 Christmas celebrations in Puerto Morelos, Yucatan

Puerto Morelos Mexico Xmas 2014 and Anniversary Xmas 2015

We have been fortunate to have a close relationship with our brothers and sisters. Read about two of our gatherings

Burnham Siblings Joint 50th Anniversary May 2015

PEI and the Magdalene Islands Sept 2016


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