For those who had been to look again within the historical past books of builders of the trendy feedyard in Canada, many would search for a write up on Cor Van Raay.
It’s unlikely anybody might have predicted the impression Van Raay has had on the business and the individuals he has crossed paths with between the time he immigrated to Canada from Nijmegen, Holland, in 1959 to his current loss of life, in 2021. He was 85.
Beginning within the 70s with the “Home Lot,” a feed mill, and rising sugar beets and potatoes, Van Raay constructed up his operation to the cattle feeding empire that included 100,000 head, and employed over 100 individuals. The enterprise nonetheless operates at present as Van Raay Paskal Farms at Iron Springs, Alberta.
Van Raay donated generously, monetarily and along with his time, to the native YMCA, the College of Lethbridge, Lethbridge Faculty, and St. Michael’s Well being Centre.
Over the course of his life and profession, Van Raay additionally obtained many honours together with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, induction into the Alberta Corridor of Fame, a Image Butte Citizen of the 12 months award, and an Honorary Doctorate of Legislation from the College of Lethbridge.
Learn Cor Van Raay’s full obituary right here
We’re unhappy to listen to of the passing of Cor Van Raay, and supply our deepest condolences to his associate Julie, household and buddies.
Cor was a beneficiant philanthropist supporting many charities, together with the OWC.
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