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Ray Rayner

12/04/2019 - Latest News

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of one of CAPS life members, Ray Rayner, at the grand old age of 94.

Many of you will not have known Ray but he was instrumental in making the club what is today. 

Ray joined the committee on the 30th March 1948 at the Annual General Meeting at the young age of 23. Prior to this Ray was a very active society member who supported those on the committee by securing the use of the CO-OP Hall in Colchester for the Annual Dinner and Prize Giving event at a cost of £2-10-00 (Two Pounds, Ten Shillings), which included the services of a cook and two stewards to man the doors collecting tickets and then serve food and drinks. To give you a feel for how things have changed the raffle prizes included 20 John Player Cigarettes, a Dozen Eggs, a brace of Rabbits for the pot and a bottle of Port. Ray continued over the following years to organise the Annual Dinner to support and promote the society,

Ray first love was Match Fishing where he was accountable for the various Cups and Shields, the collection at year end and engraving of these for prize giving at the Annual Dinner. These matches were sponsored by local gentry, Ray being accountable for securing new sterling silver cups and shields.

Ray continued to be an active memeber of the club and commitee for many years.

Ray's funeral will take place next week and CAPS will be represented to pay our respects to someone who gave so much to our club.