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Brookside Funeral Home - Champions

3410 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston, TX

OBITUARY

Raymond Louis Thibault

March 15, 1941January 6, 2020
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Raymond Louis Thibault passed away on January 6, 2020 surrounded by his family, after a four and a half year battle with ALS. He was 78 years of age.

He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Nan; his sister Jan Andres and husband Tom; his son Jeff, wife Kelly and grandchildren Lauren and Matthew; his daughter Jennifer VanDuzer, husband John and grandchildren Cameron, Brenden and Ashton.

Ray was born in Dover, New Hampshire. Education and teaching were his true passions. Ray received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of New Hampshire, a Master’s of Science in Organic Chemistry and MBA from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Harvard. He began as a high school Chemistry teacher in New York and eventually embarked on a 31 year career with Exxon Chemical across the country that brought him to Texas in 1981.

In 2001, Ray retired from Exxon and launched Lubrication Training and Consulting (LTC), becoming the worldwide expert in test preparation for the Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS) designation. He truly loved the classroom and took pride in his students, who enjoyed the highest passing rate for this certification.

He also was a loyal supporter of his children at their numerous USA swimming meets where he was frequently seen on the pool deck officiating. He served as the longest tenured starter for the Texas High School State Swimming Championships at 21 consecutive years.

Despite Ray’s diagnosis with ALS in 2015, he remained dedicated to his family and friends while continuing his involvement in LTC.

Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from five until eight o’clock in the evening on Friday, the 10th of January at Brookside Funeral Home-Champions, 3410 Cypress Creek Parkway. A memorial service celebrating Ray’s life is to be conducted at two o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, the 11th of January, in the chapel at Brookside Funeral Home-Champions, . Prior to the service, the family will have gathered for a private interment at Klein Memorial Park Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Devotion Hospice and Ray’s special caregiving friends, Burnell Russell and Toby Higginbotham. In lieu of flowers, please direct your donations to the ALS Association or the charity of your choice.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020

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Charles Westover

January 16, 2020

My privilege was to get to know Ray over the last 15 years. He was truly a gentleman and as he did with myself He helped many many LUBRICATION industry acolytes improve our knowledge and achieve accreditation. Unknown numbers of companies have received benefit by his passion and interest and raining. Some of my most important references were training works he and I collaborated on. God’s speed Ray.

Barbara Woods

January 12, 2020

Nan, I am so sorry for your loss. But I am so glad that Ray is not suffering anymore. He is free of that horrendous disease and is home with God. Thinking of you and praying for you. Love, Barbara

Roger Story

January 11, 2020

I was heartbroken when I saw this. I was a student of Ray in a CLS class at Lubrication Engineers. His love of Lubrication has been an inspiration in my journey. Ray has left a legacy that will last a lifetime.

Leslie Locatelli

January 11, 2020

Ray was an usher in 1964 at our wedding. Raymond Locatelli and Leslie Smith. He was a long time friend of my husband. I last spoke to him after Raymond passed away. We were all New Hampshire people and now we call Texas our home. I am so sorry to hear of his diagnosis and his passing. My true sympathy. Leslie Locatelli

BethAnne Bohan

January 11, 2020

Growing up swimming, and with Jenny as one of my oldest and best friends in high school ... there are very few swim meets I can remember that you were not part of.. as well of any night at the house with her that you were not there. Rest in peace Mr. Thibault. We were blessed to have known you.

Peter Harteveld

January 10, 2020

It is with a sad heart I heard about Ray's passing. We have lost a great teacher and a gentleman. Ray's teachings helped me to get where I am today and thinking back about Ray in front of the class, always driven to bring the best out of his students, fills me with gratitude. Ray may you rest in peace.
My sincere condolences to the Thibault family and friends.

Peter Harteveld

Lynn Billings

January 10, 2020

My condolences to Ray's family. He was a tremendous man full of knowledge. It was a pleasure to have known Ray, in my many years at STLE. He has left a great legacy for teaching, humour and his knowledge.

Tyler Allan

January 9, 2020

Ray helped me pass my CLS in St Louis. I appreciated his way of teaching, knowledge, and patience with me. Because of his time and dedication I am a better person for it, my world is a better place, and many others have benefited from that which he taught.

My condolences, prayers, and wishes of peace for all of your family.

With gratitude,
Ty Allan
Schaeffer Sales Rep.
Draper, UT

Don Glasgow

January 9, 2020

I work for Schaeffer Oil and received my CLS certification after attending Ray's training class on my first attempt. That was the first time I had met Ray but had heard many stories about him in the years prior from other coworkers.

His knowledge of tribology and all things chemistry was impressive and very apparent without coming across as a "know it all" even though he probably did :)

He obviously had a gift for teaching and it showed during our intense, week long class. The success rate of his students was second to none and his track record at Schaeffers was even better.

I took the class about 1 1/2 years ago and Ray was obviously having some health issues during the training class but he loved what he did and through strong will would push through to get the job done which he loved so much.

I feel very fortunate to have met and got to know him. I feel even more fortunate to have been one of his students.

Many thanks to Ray and condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed by many.

barry arvold

January 9, 2020

This is just a note to family letting you know what a sweet man Ray was. I took his CLS training class and he was a fabulous teacher in every way; confident, capable, compassionate and caring that his students understand all he shared. I enjoyed following his teaching through STLE materials.

When a man travels as much as Ray must have it can be hard on family. Thank you sharing him with us, his students!
This man will be missed by many.

Blessings to the entire Thibault Clan.
barry arvold

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