RAY JOHNSON Plumbing, Heating, Gas, & HVAC has been serving the North Shore, Vancouver and Burnaby since 1940. During that time we have been a part of the local history and have seen a considerable amount of growth in the neighbourhoods, communities, and cities that we serve. The roots of the RAY JOHNSON Plumbing, Heating, Gas, & HVAC company intertwines with that of the local professional sports teams, the B.C. Lions, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Vancouver Whitecaps as well as public transportation infrastructure such as Seabus and the Skytrain and watershed events such as Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Our history blends with the events, and what we do is part of what makes the North Shore, Vancouver and Burnaby great places to live and work.
Here are a few examples of what was happening and where we were as it was news.
In the 1930′s:
On December 16, 1932, the District of North Vancouver was placed into receivership.
On January 24, 1933, the City of North Vancouver was placed into receivership.
On March 31, 1937, the Lions Gate Bridge, financed by the Guinness Brewing Company, opened, providing the first permanent link between Vancouver and the Guinness family property holdings on the North Shore.
On September 10, 1939, Canada joined World War 2.
In the 1940′s:
In 1940, the pre-cursor of present day Ray Johnson Plumbing & Heating Ltd, a plumbing company known as Weeks & Co. Ltd, incorporation # BC0010485 opened their doors at 923 West Pender Street, just west of Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver.
On December 14, 1944 the City of North Vancouver comes out of receivership.
On September 2, 1945 World War 2 ends.
On April 23, 1947 the North Shore streetcar system shut down.
On November 25, 1948 first local use of televisions via a Seattle KRSC-TV station.
In 1949 Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver adds its first chairlift, and the first double chairlift in the world.
In the 1950′s:
On September 1, 1950 the Park Royal Shopping Centre opens its doors as the first covered shopping mall in Canada.
On January 17, 1951 Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver adds its first chairlift, a single seater, the Hollyburn.
In February 1951 the District of North Vancouver comes out of receivership.
On December 16, 1953 CBUT, now know as CBC British Columbia goes on air as the first television station in Western Canada.
In 1954 the Cleveland Dam began operations creating the Capilano water reservoir.
On August 28, 1954 the British Columbia Lions play their first game in the Western Interprovincial Football Union which subsequently becomes the Western Division of the Canadian Football League.
In the 1960′s:
On August 25, 1960, what is now known as the Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing opened providing the second permanent link from the North Shore to Vancouver.
In 1961 the Upper Levels Highway aka the Trans-Canada Highway 1 opened.
In February of 1961, Mount Seymour in North Vancouver opened up its first chair lift, the Mystery chair.
On April 22, 1961 Lions Gate hospital opens at its current site.
On November 28, 1964, the BC Lions win the 52nd Grey Cup defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 34-24 in front of 32,655 fans at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto.
In 1967 Ray Johnson living at 511 Rupert Street, one block south of Hastings Street in Vancouver, began to work at Weeks & Co. Ltd. as a plumber.
In 1968, Ray Johnson married his wife, Veronica.
In 1969, Ray Johnson and his wife Veronica moved to 968 West 15th Avenue, just east of Granville Street in Vancouver.
In the 1970′s:
In 1970, Weeks & Co. Ltd moved their offices to 420 West 6th Avenue, just east of Cambie Street in Vancouver.
On October 9, 1970, the Vancouver Canucks play their first game in the National Hockey League.
Sometime between 1970 and 1971, Ray Johnson became an estimator for Weeks & Co.
Sometime between 1970 and 1971, Ray Johnson and his wife Veronica moved to 1071 Jefferson Avenue, West Vancouver, just west of Taylor Way and south of Highway 1.
In 1973, what is now known as Capilano University opened its doors at its current permanent site.
In 1974, Ray Johnson and his wife Veronica moved to 1218 Heywood Avenue, North Vancouver, just north of present day North Shore Studios.
In 1975, Ray Johnson and his wife Veronica moved to 1844 Marine Drive, West Vancouver.
In 1975, Ray Johnson bought Weeks & Co. Ltd. and renamed the company after himself as Ray Johnson Plumbing & Heating Ltd. Raymond Johnson was listed as President, and his wife, Veronica was listed as Secretary-Treasurer.
On June 17, 1977, the Seabus began providing nautical passenger service between the North Shore and Vancouver.
On April 30, 1979, Weeks & Co. was formally dissolved.
On September 8, 1979 the Vancouver Whitecaps win the North American Soccer League Soccer Bowl, 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of 50,699 fans, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In the 1980′s:
On April 12, 1980, Terry Fox began his Marathon of Hope.
On May 18, 1980, Mount Saint Helen’s erupts.
On September 2, 1980, Terry Fox is forced to end his Marathon of Hope.
On June 28, 1981, Terry Fox passes away.
In December, 1980, Blackcomb Mountain opened for business.
On May 16, 1982, the Vancouver Canucks lose their fourth game of the Stanley Cup Finals to the New York Islanders.
On June 19, 1983, BC Place Stadium opened for business.
On November 27, 1985, the BC Lions win the 73rd Grey Cup defeating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37-24 in front of 56, 723 fans at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.
On December 11, 1985, Skytrain begins service.
On May 2, 1986, the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, more commonly known as Expo 86 opened on the shores of False Creek. It was officially opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana as well as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
On October 13, 1986, Expo 86 came to an end with 54 countries participating and having 22,111,600 visitors. Vancouver was on the world stage like never before and became a member of the exclusive unofficial “World Class City” club. This was a major watershed event, and a “coming-out party” for Vancouver, the region, British Columbia and Canada were forever changed.
In the 1990′s:
On June 14, 1994,The Vancouver Canucks lose the Stanley Cup to the New York Rangers in the seventh and deciding game at Madison Square Garden in New York 3-2. While Rangers fans were celebrating in New York, Vancouver civic pride took a beating as hooligans ran rampant in downtown Vancouver, smashing shop windows and looting.
On November 27, 1994, the BC Lions win the 82nd Grey Cup defeating the Baltimore CFLers 26-23 in front of 55,097 fans at BC Place in Vancouver.
On September 19, 1995, North Vancouver resident Bryan Adams performs the very first event at General Motors Place, currently known as Rogers Arena, at 800 Griffiths Way in Vancouver. The sold out crowd went wild when Bryan Adams was joined on stage by fan favourite Vancouver Canuck players Pavel Bure and Gino Odjick on the song “Cuts Like a Knife.”.
In the 2000′s:
On November 26, 2000,, the BC Lions win the 88th Grey Cup defeating the Montreal Alouettes 28-26 in front of 43,822 fans at McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
OnNovember 19, 2006,, the BC Lions win the 94th Grey Cup defeating the Montreal Alouettes 25-14 in front of 44,786 fans at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg.
In the 2010′s:
From February 12-28, 2010, Vancouver and West Vancouver play host to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Local venues included Rogers Arena which was renamed for the duration of the Olympics as Canada Hockey Place, as well as the Pacific Coliseum and the UBC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre on the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands and West Vancouver’s Cypress Mountain.
On June 15, 2011, The Vancouver Canucks lose the Stanley Cup to the Boston Bruins at Rogers Arena in Vancouver 4-0 in the seventh and deciding game. Smart phone cameras documented hundreds of opportunist criminals rioting and pillaging.
On November 27, 2011, the BC Lions win the 99th Grey Cup defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers s 34-23 in front of 54,313 fans at BC Place in Vancouver.
On September 28, 2012, present day owner Reg Siemens took over the Ray Johnson name, forming Ray Johnson Plumbing & Heating (2009) Ltd.
On January 24, 2013, Garibaldi Plumbing Inc. was amalgamated into Ray Johnson Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
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