Cattle sale honours Elders auctioneer and helps hospice
Elders Albany and Mt Barker have renamed their annual sale the Ray Norman Memorial Cattle Breeders Sale in honour of local auctioneer and stock agent Ray Norman who died in May.
Ray’s wife Wendy and their three children attended the sale on Monday to see $20,955 raised for the Albany Hospice which the family said made a tremendous difference to Ray’s final days.
Donations of cattle were auctioned off with all proceeds going towards the hospice.
Delighted with the tribute to her late husband, Wendy Norman said that Ray had a lot to do with the sale, and he was the auctioneer every week at the saleyards for 20 years.
“His love for the industry was just his life, and the clients trusted him and he is on the third generation with a lot of clients as he started on the road as an 18-year-old,” she said.
“To have a cattle sale named after him is a huge honour and recognition of his service to the South West over 43 years.”
In February 2017, Ray was diagnosed with bowel cancer which had begun in his appendix.
Mrs Norman said he survived 15 months and 14 of those, he was able to fish and farm which were his first loves.
“When it came to the last month and he started to deteriorate, we needed the hospice and Ray’s last nine days in there was a remarkable experience,” she said.
“The hospice is just completely family-oriented and allows the family to just come and hang out with the person who is passing away without intervention. The volunteers are amazing because they are behind the scenes, not getting paid but they are keeping meals to all the family and I just can’t impress how much those little things help a family who find themselves in the situation — who have a person who’s literally dying.
“We passed through two big double doors and it was literally like going from black to white, there were no bright lights, no noise and beautiful smiling faces . . . it was a bit like walking into heaven.”
The Ray Norman Memorial Cattle Breeders Sale will take place every December.
Mrs Norman urged people to donate to hospice whenever they could, noting the Albany Hospice helped many local families in their time of need.