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September 25, 2017
September 25, 2017
My earliest memory of Ray was a chalet holiday to Rhyl in North Wales.
He and Alan were the " big boys" they must have been about 9 and ten to my four, it must have been a bit of a pain having to babysit me, but they taught me the skills of pillow fighting !
I can remember us all returning to Liverpool on the top deck of a Corporation bus eating chips wrapped up in newspaper.

We were brought up in post war Liverpool.
The Luftwaffe had done its best to rearrange the landscape and obliterate the docks, bomb sites and damaged buildings still remained a decade later.
When my mum, his cousin Margery, married Tom they had the wedding cake courtesy of Ray's " new baby" food coupons!
Food was still on ration until well into the 1950's

This spirit of making do, pulling together and helping one another is the foundation of Rays life and goes a long way to explain his social conscience and his political views.

He was always the first to volunteer help and assistance.

When Margery and Tom moved to Scotland 40 years ago he volunteered his services to help them move.
He made frequent visits to beautiful Perthshire, always with offers of practical assistance. Helping to decorate the big old house and encouraging Tom to open his own business.

When the time came Ray and Rachel were there helping with carpentry skills , then walking up and down the high street wearing tee shirts advertising that the shop was open for business.. no half measures!

Ray and Rachel often came to visit, we loved them both and enjoyed their company.
We were all thrilled when Emma was born and missed them all terribly when they made the move to Auckland.

For Ray the new life in NZ was a huge step, a leap into the unknown. But, as we discovered, was very much a 'Home Coming' channeling an inner Kiwi Spirit : big hearted, Can-do, adventurous.

I visited NEw Zealand. several years ago.One of the first things we did was to have fish and 'chups' on Maraetai Beach.I could see then that he had made a good move to the most beautiful and welcoming country.

He was incredibly generous with his time and loan of his car to make sure that I had the most wonderful Kiwi Tikki Tour!
My brother Trevor followed a year later and again Ray was kindness and generosity itself.

With his sharp scouse wit he could find the funny side of life and the absurdity of people.
Margery, Trevor and I will miss his humour, kindness and the social and political conscious that sparked so many debates!
We were so lucky to have him in our lives.
September 24, 2017
Sending our condolences, you are in our thoughts, I am sure that you are in good company in heaven Ray.. God Bless xx
(Joan Turners' daughter Jackie, Liverpool UK.)
September 19, 2017
Rest in peace mate,Ray was a good man and I shall miss not seeing him around.