Fundraiser in memory of Ray
A fundraising night was held in Rutherglen last week in memory of tragic biker Raymond Barrett.
We reported last week that Halfway man Raymond was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, August 9.
Ray, 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 and was previously a member of Fool-On motorcycle club in East Kilbride.
Raymond, also known as ‘Rambo’, was also a member of the 347 St John’s Lodge on Melrose Avenue.
Raymond is survived by wife Jackie and his children, Cheryl, Raymond, Katie, Lauren and Andrew.
The former Burgh Primary and Stonelaw High pupil owned a garage on Hamilton Road, which is where the fundraising event was held on Saturday evening (August 15). Money raised will go towards the cost of Ray’s funeral.
The event was organised by president of the Road Spartans Shug MacFarlane, long time friend of Raymond, David Johnston, and the Bistro, a cafe located on Hamilton Road, next to where Raymond use to work.
There was a buffet, provided by the Bistro, as well as raffles and a DJ.
Although the final total is still being counted, it is expected that over £5500 was raised.
Ray’s son Raymond (25) said: “It was a great event, there was people from about 10 different biker clubs there. I would like to thank each and every person who turned up and who helped to organise the event.
“Dad loved his job as a mechanic and always had a great interest in cars and then motor bikes, “My family are overwhelmed by the support we have received.”
David Johnston (51) went to school with Ray and had been his friend for over 30 years. He said: “Ray was a terrific guy. He was a great and trustworthy mechanic, he would do anything to help someone out.
“He always did charity events with his motorcycle clubs, that’s just what he was like.”
Frank Miller, a member of Fool-On Motorcycle Club, has set up a crowdfunding page to aid donations.
He added: “Raymond was always cheery and a very jovial person who doted on his wife and children.”
To donate visit http://www. crowdfunder.co.uk/raymondbarrett-rambofuneral-donationfund-1.
Ray’s funeral will take place on Thursday, August 20, at South Lanarkshire Crematorium at 11.45am for the service and then onto Ruthergen Cemetery for the burial at 1pm.
Good turn out A lot of people turned up at the fundraiser Tragic Raymond Barrett
Family Raymond’s children Lauren, Andrew, Raymond jnr, Cheryl and Katie, with grandson Dylan Mills sitting on one of Raymond’s old bikes.