Tributes are flowing in for an artist who has been a staple on the Manitoba music scene for close to 70 years.

Ray St. Germain, who recently had a St. vital street renamed in his honour, passed away Tuesday at Deer Lodge Care Home.

St. Germain spent several years dealing with the effects of Parkinson's, peacefully passing away while surrounded by friends and family earlier today.

The artist, who is sometimes heard on CFRY, was very proud of his Metis heritage and recorded several albums over his decades long career, including a few Christian albums. Not only has he performed in pretty much every Manitoba community, he has been a part of some nationally televised shows and has shared the stage with many of the greats over the years.

St. Germain leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Glory, and his five children, Chrystal, Catherine, Ray Jr., David and Sherry. He has numerous grandchildren as well including Catie St. Germain, who is also now involved in the music business.

"Together, we spent our lives filled with music, love, and laughter," said his wife in a post on Facebook. "We are deeply grateful to all the musicians who have shared the stage with Ray, contributing to his unforgettable performances and his television series. Your collaboration has not only brought joy to our lives but has also been instrumental in recognizing his numerous awards throughout his illustrious career."

A funeral will take place on Saturday, July 6, 2024.

Ray was 83 years old.