Farewell Ray

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Will Hen­shaw

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

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