" Ray Smith 8th May 1948 - 29th June 2015. As one of Ray's best friends at school I did not see him again
until 10 years ago when he contacted me through Friends Re-united. I did not know he was adopted as a child, and it was only around the same time that he discovered that he had a half brother Stan. Having left school he apprenticed to a carpentry company, He then went into the army. I am not sure of his job history subsequently until we met up again when he had retired. He lost his first wife Chrissie over 15 years ago and had been with his partner Jackie since. He was much regarded in Bideford where he lived, for his carpentry skill, buying and restoring boats to a high standard. He was also a very skilled maker of miniature model railway engines and carriages.Ray's final years were unfortunately blighted by prostate cancer which spread to his kidneys at the end. R.I.P Old Friend" Adrian Adams.