Fundraiser in mem­ory of Ray

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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.

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