Cat­tle sale honours El­ders auc­tion­eer and helps hospice

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Shan­non Smith

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.

Ray Nor­man

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