"God will always look after 'The Guy in the Chair',"
-Ray referencing himself
Ray is a longtime resident of the Sunnyvale Trailer Park, a career drunk father of Ricky, ex-husband of Tammy and grandfather of Trinity. Ray is a self proclaimed Calvinist, and often uses the Bible to justify his poorer choices, or to guilt people into helping him. Ray was portrayed by Barrie Dunn.
All we know about Ray is that he was once married to a woman named Tammy and had one son with her, Ricky. The letters y-m-m-a-T are tattooed from left to right on the knuckles of his left hand. Ray was once a trucker, but ended up having to leave the road, because of his propensity to drink while driving, which resulted in multiple DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charges .
Ray and Jim Lahey grew up together. This is referenced in several episodes in the last half of the show's run. The two men do not like each other very much, and often are at odds. Ray starts out the first season in a wheelchair, although the cause is not explained until season 2, episode 7. Then in season 4, he is finally back to normal from his injury, but remains in a wheelchair to keep getting cheques from the Canadian government. In season 5, he is busted for disability insurance fraud by Lahey. It is assumed the real injury that lasted the first two seasons occurred when he crashed into a post office prior to the series.
Living Arrangements Edit
Ray originally had his own trailer he lived in with his wife, and he kept it after she left him. They had a 35-year mortgage on the property he had paid off just prior to when it burned to the ground in season 5, due to Ricky leaving a pot of french fry grease on a hot stove burner. Ray lived in the burned out husk until Randy had him evicted. Ricky then moved his dad into his old sleeper cab from his trucking days, that "Shitty" Bill helped him move. Eventually, Ray is evicted by Randy, who is acting as park supervisor at the time, and they have to move the sleeper cabin to the town dump. During his time at the dump, Ray has to develop special hearing abilities in order to survive against the other animal species that strive to make his life more difficult (one of the most hated species being Dump Bees).
When Jim Lahey is reinstated as a police officer in season 6, Ray becomes the trailer park supervisor as a clause in Bubbles' peace agreement with Lahey. Presumably during this time, he lives in the supervisor's trailer. But by the time the finale episode airs, Ray is back in the sleeper cabin, which is still in the dump.
In the movie "Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It", Ray fakes his death by pretending to accidentally blow himself up while stealing propane in order to conduct a life insurance scam. After collecting the $11,000 from his life insurance, he moves to a dump in Florida with his rig sleeper to live happily surrounded by old cars and palm trees. The boys, not knowing any of this, throw a funeral for Ray at the beginning of the movie, but at the end of the movie receive a VHS from Ray detailing his scam and new life. This finally gives Ricky the closure he needs and the satisfaction of knowing his father is still alive.
Love Life Edit
We don't see Ray with any specific women in the show, but he does have a weakness for strippers. He also still seems to deeply miss his (ex-)wife Tammy who left him and was never heard of again.
Criminal Activity Edit
Ray is not a hardcore criminal but many of his activities certainly skirt the law. His main focus is defrauding the the government disability program using a wheelchair to pretend he is injured. He frequently stands up from the chair and walks, when he is in the company only of those he trusts. But this activity lands him in jail the first time when Jim Lahey rats him out to the government in "Don't Cross The Shitline".
In season 7 he is arrested and jailed at a truck stop on the way to Bangor, Maine during the scrap metal operation he ran with Bubbles, for soliciting prostitution from an undercover cop.
In the "Say Goodnight To The Bad Guys" special finale, he is arrested for his Ray's Good Liquor bootlegging operation, which is how he supplied the Country Dirty Dancing gig Julian and Ricky ran at the Blanford Recreation Centre.
In the third movie, Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It, Ray pulls off a life insurance scam, Making $11,000 from it and moving to Florida.
Apart from his deliberate crimes, Ray is also a drunk and has been arrested for multiple accounts of public intoxication and DUIs, the latter of which cause him to lose his job as a trucker.
Ray is a career drunk and, like Jim, can drink vast quantities of hard liquor. He will do almost anything for a drink; he once agreed to be beaten up for two 40 ounce bottles.
He is addicted to video lottery terminals (VLTs), and steals, borrows and begs for money in order to play them, but seldom wins more than he loses. Ray has also managed to formulate within his head that he is ahead, despite the fact that he will often pay out more then he has taken in. On one occasion, the same night his trailer burned down, he took and lost all the liquor money intended for drinks for himself, Julian, Bubbles and Cory and Trevor playing the VLT machines.
Ray is a self proclaimed Calvinist (a reformist version of Christianity, similar to Protestant doctrines) and speaks of religion and the Bible often. He justifies his lifestyle by stating that if God didn't intend him to use hookers or VLTs, then 'the Big Guy upstairs' (God) wouldn't have put them on this earth.
Ray has never stopped being in the trucker mindset. In season 6, the running gag is that he is responsible for the piss jug problem in the park. Apparently, living in the sleeper cabin for that time caused him to go back to the 'way of the road', which means that instead of using a toilet to pee in, he uses old milk jugs as a trucker would when they cannot stop along the highway at a rest stop.