It was with great sadness that we heard that our much beloved Ray had passed away at home on 6 December surrounded by his family. He died following a short battle with cancer just before his 85th birthday, although he seemed so much younger than this given everything he did in his life and for others.
Ray was a great ambassador for RNSC Masters, taking part in a number of UK based and overseas competitions including the Isle of Wight (well you do have to take a ferry to get there), Guernsey, Dublin, Spain (Malaga, Barcelona and Cadiz) to name but a few. He would regularly come back with a handful of medals, which was a fantastic achievement considering he only learnt to swim in his 50s. Ray had been a member of RNSC Masters for over 30 years and was awarded lifetime membership of the club in December 2017.
Ray loved to be busy and did an enormous amount of work on his house and garden culminating in completely refitting his kitchen during the Covid pandemic. He was generous with his time in so many ways: repairing or making things for the club and club members, and always volunteered to help out others, for example taking them to hospital appointments. We have lost a true gentleman and he will be missed greatly.
Ray’s dear wife Brigitte passed away at Michael Sobell House in November 2015. Our thoughts are with his three boys – Russell, Jason and David - and their families at this sad time. Whilst we have lost a truly great friend, he will live on forever in our memories.