Date added: 9 May 2010
The Funeral Service will take place on Friday 14th May at the Reading Crematorium, Caversham at 11.30am. Family flowers only but donations if desired to the "RAFBF" c/o AB Walker and Sons, Eldon Road, Reading RG1 4DL.
Like many others, Ray was called upon to do National Service in 1951 through to 1954. His first choice was the RAF and he was fortunate enough to get a place in the "Regiment". He travelled to many places with Regiment, taking part as drill leader in different environments, e.g. Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the Kings Funeral and the Queens Coronation.
Ray always spoke with fondness of him time "in" and of the many friends and aquaintences he made. Like so many others, he wished he had signed on for longer and made a career for himself, instead of bowing to peer pressure and re-joinng civvy street.
Ray had particularly fond memories of Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland where he had drilled and performed, taking some nostalgic trips in the latter part of his life. He reminisced about the time taken to travel from various camps home to Reading in Berkshire, where often it would take the best part of the day and night to travel distances that can be covered in less that two hours today. Following a sudden short illness, Ray leaves behind his wife Pauline of 52 years and a daughter Tracey.