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Raymond Taavel: 1962-2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012   by: Staff
Funeral arrangements for Raymond Taavel have been announced and follow.
Taavel, a former Saultite, was a strong, compassionate and effective leader in the LGBT community, especially in Halifax were he lived and worked when he was slain.
He is remembered by friends and family as a community leader, with a gentle heart; as an inspiring writer, and as a thoughtful soul who was vibrant and joyful in his pursuit of community justice and exploration of life.
TAAVEL, Raymond Emmanuel – It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the tragic and sudden passing of Raymond on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Son of Suzanne Blatter (Mike Jackson) and predeceased by his father Raimond Taavel. Brother of Elizabeth Robins (late Kevin) and André Taavel (Kellee). Special Uncle of Julia Taavel. Nephew of Raymond Blatter (Nancie), Robert Blatter (Ann Brandow), Pete Blatter (Carrie), Carmen Blatter (Carmen Charsley), late Paul Blatter, late Emmanuel Blatter and Ingrid Storozuk (Mike). Special friend to Darren Lewis. A private family funeral service will be held at the Arthur Funeral Home & Cremation Centre. Rev. Bruce McLeish officiating. Raymond will be fondly remembered in the hearts of all his cousins and friends. Memorial contributions to the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, Halifax Pride, or the Canadian Mental Health Association would be appreciated by the family. A special thank you to Doug at the Menz & Mollyz bar and all of the wonderful people in Halifax for everything they have done. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at A public memorial service in Halifax is currently being prepared by friends and colleagues.

Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Earlier coverage of this story
Trust fund set up for family Raymond Taavel
Former Sault resident killed - homicide suspected
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Just Curious 4/28/2012 4:45:27 PM Report

Sorry about the double post.First day with new fingers.. Doesn't change my thoughts..Straight folks die every day and nobody cares..Just sayin'..
opinionated 4/28/2012 4:58:58 PM Report

Point is, "straight folks" as you put it, don't die for being straight. That's the flaw in your argument and the tragedy in this whole situation.
sweetc 4/28/2012 4:59:13 PM Report

First of all, Just Curious, he did not stick his neck out where it didn't belong. He intervened in a bar fight. Something that more people should do instead of standing around with their thumbs up their butts watching the action until someone gets their head kicked in. He Manned up and tried to stop something. Would you have ran and hid or just stood there watching.

And what is the matter are you jealous that no trust fund was set up for you when your family members died?

I have been to several services lately where there have been trust funds set up to help with the expense of the funeral or travel to and from the funeral...

It is time for you to start thinking before you talk. Why are you so angry that there is one set up anyway? What business is it of yours? don't want to donate then don't.

Those that do will.
BlairB6 4/29/2012 2:56:42 AM Report

Just Curious....disgraceful post(s). Raymond was a Saulite who was murdered...that's why many in this community care and that's why it is news. Every Saulite that has been murdered has been front page news.... sexual orientation has nothing to do with it...nor should it ever. According to many that knew him, he was a friendly and caring person who took the time to help those that needed support and advocated for a cause that you are obviously to short sighted to understand. My sincere condolences to Raymonds family and to your loss as well. I am sure that if any of your family were murdered they would be on the front page news as well....if that makes you feel any better.
Sam C 4/29/2012 4:09:31 PM Report

Just Curious... The fact is that Ray didn't die for being gay, either. He died because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time; he stood up for a friend who was being attacked on the street by a violent and mentally ill individual.

Ray would never stand idly by and watch this sort of thing happen. However, he did live his life in the belief that hatred should be confronted with love, and violence confronted with peace.

Those who knew him best have said that Ray would not want to seek vengeance against his attacker and would, in fact, forgive him.

Ray was a better man than I, however... I have trouble forgiving someone who would "just say" something that is both so insensitive and so untrue.
sweetc 4/29/2012 5:25:26 PM Report

wow it seems that the offending post was removed. good for you Soo Today!!1
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