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Tributes pour in for Ray Davy

23 January 2018

Ray was a fantastic man who always kept his standards, he will be truly missed around the club - Ricky Duncan

The Shrimpers Trust is deeply saddened to hear of the passing this morning of Ray Davy, snr. Ray was at the heart of the club for many years, and welcomed countless visitors on match days, trips and tours. He will be deeply missed by everyone connected with the club – The Shrimpers Trust

So sad to hear of Ray's passing, remember him well at Roots Hall, always chatty, friendly and will be sadly missed by everyone at the club. Rest in peace, Ray - Stan Collymore

A true gentleman, very sorry to hear this news, R.I.P Ray - Noel Hunt

RIP Ray. Stunning period of service to the Club. Our thoughts and condolences go out to all friends and family – MSPFX

Ray always greeted us with a smile and a funny anecdotes on our way in to the commentary box for Southend Hospital Radio. We miss not seeing him - Graham YCarmen Williams

Will be strange not to see him at the ground. An ever present since I have been supporting the Blues. RIP - Paul Leonard Dean

It is with a heavy heart both my hubby and myself are saddened to hear of Ray Davy’s passing. He was a true gentleman and played an integral part at Southend United. Our thoughts are with the family at this time - Alison Winterbone

In truth there are so many stories I could retail about Ray and his love of Southend United, his passion for England away travel and his impish sense of humour. Ray Davey is a Southend United legend alongside the greats such as Frank Walton. He had an enthusiasm to help that was unmatched. Going to Roots Hall will never be quite the same without Ray cupping his mouth to tell me a story with his schoolboy cheekiness and that laugh at the end. Ray Davey.. Mr Southend United - Kevin Hogg

Ray Davy was part of our Fossett Park Business Community Watch representing Southend United FC. He served on that committee for a number of years and was a tremendous asset informing us of developments with SUFC but equally doing all he could to assist the local businesses with any issues we were having in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour. He was thoughtful and considered and always added to the topics in a positive way. He will be sadly missed on many levels - Alan Walker

I had the privilege of getting to know Ray over the last 4 1/2 years. He was a true gentlemen at all times and had a wicked sense of humour which reduced me to tears on a number of occasions. I will truly miss our little chats that we had - RIP Ray - Craig Cheesman

Ray was always very hospitable and welcoming to visiting scouts. Condolences to his friends and family - Steve Watson

Ray was a true gent and always had time for everyone. I will truly miss his sunny smile and cheeky jokes and the club won't be the same without him. He worked tirelessly and was a true servant of the club. Rest in peace 'Mr Southend' you will never be forgotten xxx - Amanda Balcomb

Missing Ray around the club already – loved his cheeky jokes and stories. A real “Gentleman” and it has been an honour knowing and working with him. From Sue Poole – Finance Department

I had the pleasure of getting to know ray during the nineties when I used to serve the club with there snacks etc as ray knew i was at the first match at roots hall in 1955 we would talk about games gone bye always remember being in his company for a Duncan Mckenzie’s talk night at boots and laces. Ray was a true gent who had time for everyone and was a great ambassador for Southend United and England gone but never forgotten - Roger English 

Raymondo was old school. You could never knock his professionalism. Was a pleasure in itself to have met Ray but was lucky to have many great conversations with him. Had such a great sense of humour and always took an interest in others. Rest in peace to an absolute gent! - Tom Kemble

Mr Southend (Raymondo), you will be truly missed, a true Gentlemen. Rest in Peace - The Newquist Family

A true Southend United Legend. The place isn’t the same without you, your cheeky humour and professionalism. The end of an era. I will remember you with great fondness Ray - Lis 

I first met Ray 15 years ago when I worked for a community project in Milton Ward and he was a hard-working councillor; since then, I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with him through various community events, organisations and SUFC match day charity collections!. It would be an understatement to say Ray was supportive, reliable, dedicated and generous but, from my personal experience, these words really are an accurate description. Ray did everything in an unassuming way - always giving and never wanting anything in return. His lack of ego was a breath of fresh air and he had a real understanding of Community. It was a privilege to know Ray, he was a true and sincere gentleman with a great sense of humour - I will miss him. Rest in Peace Ray and thank you - Chris Sternshine

My family and I are extremely sorry lose our long standing friend  Ray. Our sincere sympathy to his relatives and friends. His long standing service to SUFC was well recognised. His helping actions and attitude well admired by the local community and charities. His charity work involving local and international became more intense when he joined rotary club of Southend on sea east rotary club. He used to enjoy being father Christmas on the rotary sleigh. Family and children used love that. He regularly organised match day charity collections. Rip ray. We all miss you.  From . Dr.a.k.sinha. a retired GP and past medical officer and crowd doctor.sufc.

Along with his lifetime love of The Blues, Ray was actively involved for many years in Rotary in the town, as a member of the Southend and Thorpe Bay clubs.  The members of our club will sorely miss him.  He would frequently add a quip or a note of common sense to our meetings. His advancing years did nothing to diminish his enthusiasm and energy.  He could put some of us ( slightly ! ) younger ones to shame.  Always willing to help at our events.  Mr Dependable.  Through his connection with, and the support of, Southend United we held several successful charity collections on matchdays. A quietly unassuming gent it was our pleasure to know - Roy Rutter, Secretary, Thorpe Bay Rotary Club

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