Ray and Rene were our friends and neighbours in Back Lane for over 50 years until their move a few months ago to Wootton Bassett. We have missed them and sadly received the news that Ray had peacefully passed away on 15 October – a couple of days before their 64th wedding anniversary.
Ray was an active member of Probus, serving terms as President & Secretary, of the Masons, and of St Leonard’s Church, as well as enjoying short mat bowling and Garden Club. With enthusiasm he would lead a group of friends many Sunday afternoons rambling Eynsham footpaths.
Interestingly, drawing on his experience as a printer, he was part of the first group working on The Roundabout magazine which predated Eynsham News. Being compositor and typesetter the family remember the dining room table at that time continually being awash with papers!!
Acquiring a video camera, Ray, on returning each year from their holidays, would invite us over to watch what he had recorded accompanied with an assurance that we did not need to endure too long a session, but we were always pleased to accept and more than happy to be his audience for the whole evening.
Ray was a quietly thoughtful, considerate and kind family man, with a cheeky sense of humour, who will be sadly missed by Rene, his family and friends.