Ray Zinck

Ray Zinck

Wednesday, March 24th, 1948 - Wednesday, October 14th, 2020
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Retired journalist and author Ray Zinck passed away on October 14, 2020. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Louise ( Crosby); daughter, Lisa Carter (David) , Yarmouth; Rhonda Harding (Greg) South Ohio and beloved grandson, Matthew Harding, who always called his grandfather “Huppa”. Ray is also survived by sister, Joan McLaughlin(Thomas), Beaverbank NS; brother, Dale (Mary Jane) Dartmouth, and identical twin, Roy(Debbie),Dartmouth. He was the son of the late Elsie and Victor Zinck. Ray was born in LaHave , Lunenburg County. He graduated from high school with honours and later earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. In 1971, Ray began a 45-year career in radio journalism, first at CFDR in Dartmouth, NS and CKKC in Nelson BC. Most of his career was at CJLS, Yarmouth where he earned many national and regional awards for his story telling. In 1988 he was named Reporter of the year for Atlantic Canada. Ray later became a co-owner of CJLS, becoming President and General Manager. In later years, Ray wrote a book about Second World War which has been translated into the Slovene language where the story took place. Throughout his long career as News Director at CJLS, Ray’s single passion was always about the writing. He took particular pride in telling the stories of Canada’s war veterans. On many occasions he accompanied veterans from World War 1, World War 2, and the Korean War to many of their old battlefields throughout Europe, Hong Kong and South Korea. He always felt honoured to tell their stories. Arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Donations can be made to the Friends of Gilles Boudreau Cancer Help Fund. Online condolences may be sent to, or you may sign the guestbook online at
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Paul Surette

Posted at 04:40pm
Ray was my friend. I always felt that I worked with him, not for him. I was a member of the CJLS news team for roughly 12 years and during those years we discussed news events and how to cover them. My writing improved dramatically because of his guidance.
I was always welcomed in his home. We once shared a drink of some rather potent alcohol he brought home from Croatia. It smelled like turpentine but had no taste because it evaporated so fast there was almost nothing to swallow. On another occasion he invited me to join him on a military flight from CFB Greenwood to Iqaluit. It was one of those flag-waiving flights that the military flies occasionally. It was a cultural experience I will not easily forget. He visited Germany, on the same trip he visited Croatia. He returned with a piece of The Wall for me. I still remember how hard it felt. Maybe because of what it represented.
One year he hosted the Radio and Television News Director Awards. He told me he was asking a few local merchants to donate some small thing to offer as a door prize for the closing event. One of the prizes he was given was a lawn mower. I remember how embarrassed he was about that. It turned out that John Lewandowski from Broadcast News in Halifax won that particular prize and he and others in the crowd were so excited. It turned out to be the grand prize of the evening.
After I left Yarmouth I still kept in touch with Ray and he welcomed my calls. We had great conversations about many things and more than once we solved the world's problems together :)

He was a fine man whom I respected very much.
I will miss him.

My condolences to you Louise, your daughters and to his relatives.
Paul Surette

Dot Vallillee

Posted at 07:11am
Louise and family, Our condolences in you loss. Ray was a fine gentleman and will be missed by many.

Lorraine Newman

Posted at 12:53pm
Louise: Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. Ray will long be remembered for his interest in WW1 and WW2 and the programs he wrote along with his book. Lorraine Newman

Mohammed Wajeeh

Posted at 12:05pm
We met Ray around 2003 and he was very close to us ever since. We are sad to hear of his passing. Please accept our condolences for the loss of a valuable friend and an important member of our community. We are keeping Ray's family in our thoughts in hopes that they find comfort through this difficult time - Mohammed & Ilham Wajeeh.

Jackie Jacquard

Posted at 08:15pm
To Louise and family, my condolences, Ray was a fantastic person and will be missed by many. In my thoughts. RIP Ray

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