It is with heavy hearts we say goodbye to Jose Gonzalo Arraya. He was diagnosed with an advanced stage of cancer and passed away peacefully 2 weeks later. Although too sudden we are thankful that he was not in pain, nor did he suffer. He now rests in peace with his beloved wife of over 55 years, Ninfa Norah Arraya who we had to say good bye to less than 4 months ago. He was a loving father to Natalie Stacey (Bertram) and Ethan Arraya, as well as grandpa to Lauren and Allison Stacey.
Born in LaPaz, Bolivia his ambitions would take him to Los Angeles, California in the 1960’s. Our mom who was just a girl back then found a way to join him and they married on October 2, 1965. They spent the next 55 years on an adventure filled with all of life’s great moments.
After graduating from College, Jose and Ninfa travelled and decided to make Canada their home. Jose completed his Electrical Engineering and established his career with Ontario Hydro. He was one of those lucky people who loved their work. He didn’t miss a day, not even during the evacuation in 1979 during the Mississauga train derailment. He was the ultimate handyman and was happy to work on his projects on his own without bothering anyone for help. Jose and Ninfa also made their own extended family in the Latin community. They enjoyed over 30 years as active members of the Cervantes Lions Club and various Bolivian Clubs. They loved music & dancing, their friends and family and their home.
They made sure every family vacation was a great one, so many wonderful memories. I attribute my love of the outdoors and camping in particular to my parents. They wanted us to enjoy life and everything that it has to offer, as they had. His Grandkids were the icing on the cake and we had time for one more family road trip to Florida with Grandma and Grandpa in 2010.
We always wish for more of the good stuff, more time with loved ones, more fond memories. Dad and Mom, we will miss you both dearly, we will keep your memories alive in our hearts and actions.
As Covid will not allow us to celebrate our parents lives as we would like to, we will postpone our celebration for a time when we can all be together.