TRIBUTES TO BIKER DAD-OF-5 RAYMOND
Garage owner dies after accident
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