Bath Chronicle

Ex-city mayor dies aged 89

- Olivia Scull olivi­aalexan­dra.scull@reach­plc.com Charles, Prince of Wales · Bath · Isle of Portland · Bath and North East Somerset · Ministry of National Defence and Sport · Ministry of Defence

A former mayor of Bath has passed away peace­fully af­ter a short ill­ness at the age of 89.

Ra­mon (Ray) David Cliffe, inset, died on Septem­ber 17 af­ter bat­tling as­pi­ra­tional pneu­mo­nia at the Royal United Hos­pi­tals Bath.

Ray was born in Port­land, Dorset, on Novem­ber 22 in 1930. He moved to Bath aged 27 and worked as an en­gi­neer­ing draughts­man.

He mar­ried Sylvia Mary Charles in 1960 and had three chil­dren, Paul, Lynda and An­drea who have pro­vided seven grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

Ray and Sylvia cel­e­brated their di­a­mond wed­ding on Septem­ber 3. They had a small fam­ily gath­er­ing to cel­e­brate the 60 years of mar­riage.

He re­tired from the civil ser­vice in 1992 and be­came the chair­man of the Coun­cil of Civil Ser­vice Union and a mem­ber of the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive of the In­sti­tu­tion of Pro­fes­sion­als, Man­agers and Spe­cial­ists who elected him as an Hon­orary Mem­ber on his re­tire­ment. He re­ceived an MBE in 1992 for ser­vices to in­dus­trial re­la­tions.

He was elected to Bath City Coun­cil in 1994 and to B&NES Coun­cil the fol­low­ing year as the Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor for the Lam­bridge ward. He served on the ed­u­ca­tion, pol­icy & re­sources, per­son­nel and equal­i­ties com­mit­tees.

He was elected as the first chair­man of B&NES Coun­cil be­fore be­com­ing Mayor of Bath in 1998.

Ray was also the trade union leader for the Min­istry of De­fence.

He was also a keen reader of and con­trib­u­tor to the Bath Chron­i­cle.

Daughter Lynda, who had cared for him dur­ing lock­down, said: “We watched over him for four days un­til he had passed away. He was still try­ing to fight it and get out of bed, bless him. He had gone through a lot.

“Even in his may­oral du­ties, he had a quadru­ple heart by­pass and then it went in­fected so fought that too. He was a very, very strong but lov­ing char­ac­ter, we will miss him.”

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