Over a hundred motorcycles lined the streets to say goodbye to popular Halfway man Raymond Barrett.
Fifty-six-year-old Raymond was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, August 9.
A biker procession was held going from Yarrow Court in Halfway to the funeral.
Over 100 motorbikes lined the streets of Halfway last week as Cambuslang man Raymond Barrett was laid to rest.
Raymond, who stayed in Halfway, tragically died earlier this month as a result of a motorcycle accident.
The 56- year- old 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.
Raymond owned a garage in Rutherglen on Hamilton Road and was a hugely popular figure in the area.
The dad- of- five was passionate about motorbikes and was vicepresident 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 previously a member of Fool-On motorcycle club in East Kilbride.
He was also a member of the 347 St John’s Lodge on Melrose Avenue.
A fundraiser was held at Ray’s old garage just after he passed away through Ray’s old motorcycle clubs and his friends to help the family pay for the funeral.
The former Stonelaw High pupil’s funeral was held last Thursday ( August 20) at South Lanarkshire Crematorium.
And in tribute to their friend, 150 bikers carried out a procession from Ray’s house in Yarrow Court to the crematorium.
Raymond’s son Raymond Jr was taken aback by the gesture.
He said: “It gave me a sense of pride. I was burying my dad but at the same time it meant so much that so many people came. I can’t really put in to words how much it means.
“Originally my mum didn’t want any bikes there because of the accident, but after the fundraiser she said the only way to begin to thank them was to allow a biker procession at the funeral.
“In the end she was glad they came as it showed how many people cared about my dad. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place. All these guys took their Thursday off work to come along.”
And Raymond (25) paid a heartfelt tribute to his father, saying he was an “inspiration” to everyone he met.
He added: “My family would not be where they are today without his love and guidance. We are all very proud of what he did for us in his life and he was dedicated to his job, wife and kids, and his much loved alsatian dog called Keisha,
“If anyone ever had a problem my dad was the man to phone and he loved his grandkids as well and always doted on them.
“His car repair clients were also friends with him and would often ask advice not related to cars and of course my old man was always happy to help, even more so if it was a tricky situation or a challenge as he enjoyed a challenge and would never let himself be beaten. Its not until times like this we have realised what a backbone to the family he was a hero to all of us.”
Raymond is survived by wife Jackie and his children, Cheryl, Raymond, Katie, Lauren and Andrew.
Friends and family Ray’s family and friends at the fundraiser to help with his funeral costs
Procession The motorcyclists arrive for Ray’s funeral
Tragic Ray Barrett