GRATTON, Raymond J, born April 4, 1958 in North Battleford, Saskatchewan is finally at peace following a long battle with liver disease. Ray is survived by his best friend and loving wife of 26 years, Linda Gratton (nee Mollan) of Vancouver; his loving family: Parents, Maurice and Evelyn Gratton; brother, Victor Gratton and sister, Linda McFaul (nephews Seamus, Brennan and Calin), all of North Battleford; sister, Laurie Saccucci (nephews Jessie and Justin), of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Ray was also a big part of his extended family, the Mollans, in North Battleford, from an early age. Ray had many other relatives and friends; we will all miss him dearly. Ray enjoyed nature; talking to birds and watching things grow. The neighborhood birds still come calling expecting Ray to call back to them. He was a great conversationalist and philosopher, and loved to make people laugh. Ray kept his wonderful sense of humor until the very end. His courage and strength have been an inspiration to all who've known him. A BBQ to celebrate Ray's life will be held at the #179 Legion Hall, 2205 Commercial Dr., Vancouver (upstairs) on Sunday, June 20, 2004 between 2:00pm and 6:00pm. All his friends are welcome. A family celebration and the spreading of his ashes will take place in August at North Battleford. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted by the family towards a memorial bench for Ray overlooking Trout Lake.