Final goodbye to Star photographer

VIDEO Friends and family today gathered to say their final goodbyes to former Evening Star photographer Tony Ray.Mr Ray, 72, died at his home in Humber Doucy Lane, Rushmere St Andrew, earlier this month and tributes have flooded in for the “inspirational” globetrotting photographer.

FRIENDS and family today gathered to say their final goodbyes to former Evening Star photographer Tony Ray.

Mr Ray, 72, died at his home in Humber Doucy Lane, Rushmere St Andrew, earlier this month and tributes have flooded in for the “inspirational” globetrotting photographer.

Today, dozens gathered at Rushmere Church to pay their final respects to Mr Ray.

The service was led by the Reverend Bruce Wakeling with Allison Weston, Mr Ray's daughter, leading the tributes.

Her eulogy spoke of her father's zest for life and his ability to make those around him smile.

Floral tributes from Mr Ray's family included a picture of him with his camera, homage to his passion for photography which saw him work for The Evening Star and sister paper The East Anglian Daily Times, for more than 40 years.

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He was renowned for his many trips across the globe following his retirement including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, diving on the Great Barrier reef, travelling around Australia and hiking across Thailand.

Mr Ray's funeral was followed by a private, family cremation.

He leaves a widow Mary, children Nick and Allison, step-daughter Janet, as well as three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and one step-great grandchild.