Ray had a real re­solve to serve

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

MA­HOGANY Creek res­i­dent Peter Julian Ray was known for his car­ing and gen­er­ous na­ture and com­mit­ment to fam­ily, friends and his com­mu­nity.

Mr Ray, born June 12, 1948, died on March 31, with a ser­vice held for him on April 13.

He stud­ied elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing in the Aus­tralian Navy, as well as law and eco­nom­ics at UWA.

He joined the navy and was posted to sea on board HMAS Stu­art, es­cort­ing HMAS Syd­ney to South Viet­nam dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

He also trained as a sub­mariner be­fore his med­i­cal dis­charge af­ter a drunk driver ran him down while Mr Ray, now a petty of­fi­cer, was in the UK based at HMS Dol­phin in Gosport, Hamp­shire.

Among his many in­juries, he suf­fered a se­vere head con­cus­sion and his left shoul­der was se­verely in­jured, sev­er­ing nerves to the arm.

Three months af­ter the ac­ci­dent he was flown home to Perth, where he un­der­went surgery on his arm but it was not suc­cess­ful and it was later am­pu­tated above the el­bow.

Mr Ray was a mem­ber of the WA Wildlife So­ci­ety, con­tribut­ing to its ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­vo­cat­ing to con­serve WA’s flora.

He was also an ac­tive vol­un­teer for many or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the RN & RAN sub­ma­rine as­so­ci­a­tions, Viet­nam Veterans, Friends of Kings Park, the Mun­dar­ing RSL and WA Mu­seum.

Gifted a rare Rh an­ti­body fol­low­ing a trans­fu­sion dur­ing surgery, he was also an avid blood donor and con­trib­uted about 880 do­na­tions to the Aus­tralian Red Cross Blood Ser­vice de­spite hav­ing only one arm to give from.

A knowl­edge­able, hum­ble man: Peter Ray

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