Ray Gompf was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1943 into a family that has been in Canada since the 1780’s. Ray was educated in Dunnville and Hamilton, Ontario. He entered the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps in 1961. He remained in the service of Her Majesty until 1973. Now retired, Ray was a long haul trucker and businessman in the trucking industry for the remainder of his career. There is not a spot in the United States or Canada that is unfamiliar to Ray.
Active in his beloved community of Britannia in Ottawa's west end, Ray was a founder of the Lighthouse Program, a program that opened the school after hours to a host of community activities, in the Regina Street Public School. He later chaired the committee that created a school feeding program to help underprivileged children start the learning day with a nutritious breakfast. In addition, Ray was instrumental in the creation of the first Neighborhood Watch program in the world.