Garage owner dies af­ter ac­ci­dent

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

Tributes have poured in for a beloved Cam­bus­lang man who trag­i­cally died in a mo­tor­cy­cle ac­ci­dent at the week­end.

Ray­mond Bar­rett (56), of Yar­row Court in Half­way, was rid­ing his Honda bike on the A726 on Sun­day from East Kil­bride to Chapel­ton when he col­lided with a public ser­vice bus that was trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion.

He was taken to Hairmyres Hos­pi­tal in East Kil­bride but un­for­tu­nately died a short time later.

The for­mer Burgh Pri­mary and Stonelaw High pupil owned a garage on Hamil­ton Road.

Ray­mond, who was a dad-of-five, was pas­sion­ate about mo­tor­bikes and was vice-pres­i­dent of Road Spar­tans MCC, a bike group in the Ruther­glen area and a mem­ber of Wid­ows Sons Scot­land, a mo­tor­cy­cle riders’ as­so­ci­a­tion for Freema­sons.

He was also a mem­ber of the 347 St John’s Lodge on Mel­rose Av­enue.

Ruther­glen man Mal­colm Macaskill knew Ray­mond and this week paid trib­ute to his old school friend.

“I’m ex­tremely sad­dened to learn of the death of Ray Bar­rett,” he said.

“Ray was an ac­com­plished mo­tor­cy­clist. Like my­self, he’s been a biker since the age of 16.

“He was a de­cent, hard-work­ing guy who chose to run his mo­tor-re­pair busi­ness from Ruther­glen.

“I last met Ray just a few short weeks

ago at one of the Har­ley David­son shop open days in Glas­gow.

“When­ever we met, the chat al­ways re­volved around the mo­tor­bikes we cur­rently owned.

“We also chat­ted at length about var­i­ous mo­tor­bike trips we’d both un­der­taken. Ray will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. My thoughts are with his fam­ily at this in­cred­i­bly sad and dif­fi­cult time.”

Many tributes to Ray – also known as Rambo – were posted on the Face­book page of the Road Spar­tans MCC.

James Reilly posted: “Very sad loss, my con­do­lences to Ray’s fam­ily. He was a re­ally nice guy and I am priv­i­leged to have known him for this short time. RIP Rambo.”

Thomas Dor­ri­cott added: “He will be sadly missed. A real gent of a man.”

Tracy Cow­ley posted: “Only met Rambo once but he was such a lovely guy. My heart goes out to those who knew him bet­ter and are truly dev­as­tated by this tragedy. RIP Rambo.”

Ross Mackie posted: “Con­do­lences to Rambo’s fam­ily and Road Spar­tans.”

The 34- year- old bus driver and his pas­sen­gers were un­in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

A re­port will be sent to the Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal.

Con­sta­ble Si­mon Reilly, at Mother­well Road Polic­ing Depart­ment, is ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to the crash. He can be con­tacted via Po­lice Scot­land on 101.

Ray­mond is sur­vived by wife Jackie and his chil­dren, Ch­eryl, Ray­mond, Katie, Lau­ren and An­drew.

Pop­u­lar Ray­mond was well liked through­out the area

Tragic Ray­mond Bar­rett

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