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Sadly I have to report that Mr Ray Clark ex 42 Regiment and secretary of Middlesbrough Branch RAA has passed away. Ray was in hospital waiting to go to theatre when he suffered from a ruptured aneurysm. All branch members, less those on holiday, have been informed. Funeral details will be published once known. Middlesbrough branch members send their sincere condolences to Gwen and the family. RIP RAY.
I have tried phoning Dave Blackburn who is also a memeber of same association but no responce yet
Anybody remember Ray ?
Can't say I remember Ray. RIP
Very sorry to hear of his passing but can't say that I remember him, does Big Jim have a photograph?
Just spoken to Rays wife Gwen, ray was due to have medical checks but twice his appointment was cancelled, the last one was whilst he was actually admitted but the surgeon could collect a full operating team so cancelled surgey, he died that night.
Ray served in 94 Bty for 9 years from 1959 and was a great mate of Dave Blackburn, Dave doesnt know yet as he is in Spain on holiday.
Gwen has my mobile number and will contact me once funeral arrangements have been confirmed.
Rays Son darren has been in touch and there is an email with funeral details on its way.
does his family have any photos of when he served in 94. I was in the battery over that period.
Ray was a Bombardier.
the funeral details are listed below:
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
10.30am - Service @ St. Cuthbert's church on Billingham Green
11.30am - Billingham Cemetery in Cowpen, Billingham
12.15-12.30 - Reception at Smiths Arms on Billingham Green
Just had Dave Blackburn on the phone, he arrived back last night and really shocked to hear the sad news.
Seemingly I had some incorrect info about rays service, he only served in HQ and RHQ as a clerk !!
sadly I couldnt make Rays service especially as I was born in Billingham but family commitments made it impossible to attend. I certainly hope he had a good turnout. I will phone Dave Blackburn later.
just spoken to Dave Blackburn and he said that Ray had a fantastic turnout.
There were 13 Standards on parade, there was a large Poppy with a photo of Ray in the center, there was also Poppies around the grave.
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