The Mayor, Councillors and Officers of Shaftesbury Town Council are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ray Humphries. Ray was a stalwart of the Town and deeply involved in our community. He was a town councillor for 13 years and a Mayor twice, in 1997 and 2001, and his time in office is remembered for his distinguished service and unfailing good humour.
Ray was also a core member of the Town Silver Band, Chair of the Carnival Committee, Chair of Shaftesbury in Bloom , and a member of many other organisations. In recognition of their unparalleled and dedicated service to the Town, the Town Council was honoured that Ray and his wife Chris, accepted our invitation in 2010 to be Freemen of the Town – a rare honour that has only been awarded to 11 people. In 2011, in recognition of his long service to our community Ray was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. We extend our deepest sympathies to Chris, and to Ray’s family at this very sad time.
Ray will be remembered with great warmth, fondness, and admiration across the whole of Shaftesbury, the town of which he was so proud. Carol and I send our deepest condolences to Ray’s family at this sad time. Andy Hollingshead, Mayor of Shaftesbury
Deepest sympathy to Chris Sharon and Mark.
Fond memories of Ray from when growing up with town Hall dances , disco’s at the United reform church lots of drumming with the Pilgrims my dad managing the first gospel band in Shaftesbury and the onto other bands. What happy days a true Shastionion.
Out of pain at peace. Heather Sanger
Ray Was the most sweetest and Kind hearted guy to have known for the short time I knew him for. He will be tremendously missed by everyone. He was more than amazing on the drums which I had the privilege to watch him play. I’m glad I had the little opportunity to have met him, to see what a difference he had made over the years. He will be drumming up I heaven. RIP ray xxxx
Lauren Merrick xx
Dear Ray, You have been a friend to so many and your legacy of limitless compassion and energy will continue in the town in your memory. I will miss you. Claire
Remembering the rocking good times I had with Ray when he was drummer with the Electric Bath band back in the day. The fun nights dressing up for the Carnival ( once as the Supremes! ) Lots of great memories of a man who liked to have fun and could always be relied upon when needed. Rest in Peace Ray. Butch and Mary.
Deepest sympathy to your family, rest easy. Thanks to you and your work with William Williams I was able to receive vital financial support throughout my time at university. You’ve helped to make Shaftesbury a better, more connected place and have touched the lives of many. You are truly one of Shaftesbury’s finest – long may you be remembered. Stuart Campbell
A great man who will be missed by many, who did so much for this great town. Our thoughts are with all the family RIP Ray. Steve Reid
I never knew Ray, but growing up in the town he was everywhere and always appeared to be having a great time as told by his beaming smile. Ray was a stalwart of the town and there needs to be a fitting tribute so his life and passion for the town is not forgotten. D C-P
The sand ness and loss are beyond words we like to think that Ray and my late Husband Brian who passed away last Year are reunited with Hardy and Bengy their beloved dogs passing the time in deep discussion About anything and everything Like in the past.
My deepest condolences Chris to you and all the family always in our thoughts never forgotten irreplaceable a true gentleman. Mrs Christine Neun
Remembering a great friend , will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him lots of love to Chris and family from Joe and Fran xx
Joe and Fran Rose
Christine you and Ray were a partnership which filled people with admiration. You were an amazing couple and together you have made such a difference to the lives of people in Shaftesbury.
Rays’s contribution to the life of the town is immeasurable. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and all
those organisations he served so well for so long. Sincere condolences to all the family. Trish Lever
Such a friendly and approachable man, always had time to say hello. Will be missed. Tracey
Deepest Condolences to Chris Sharon and Mark. He will certainly be missed by the town. Who can forget seeing Ray in his carnival boots with his collecting tin. Rest in Peace Ray. Ruth Cooney
What can I say Mr Shaftesbury from the band to carnivals no jobs to big none to small Shaftesbury has lost a legend in ray gone but never will be forgotten a true Shastonian god bless you ray thinking of Chris mark and Sharron in these sad times but take comfort in what he meant to Shaftesbury. Dawn Robinson
We all will remember ray he is a lovely man done so much for Shaftesbury ray will be miss RIP Melissa brown
“Ray will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. He was a true gentleman, a real Mr Shaftesbury. The town really wasn’t the same after Humphries hardware shop closed. My thoughts and love go out to his family, his lovely wife Chris and his daughter Sharon.
Sleep in peace (Ray) Mr Shaftesbury. 🧡” Carol Messer
Thank you, Ray, for letting our band use the Silver Town Hall so that we could practice and make our performances as top notch as possible. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement in that regard too. And thank you for all of the work you did for the young people of the town, many of whom including many friends of mine, received help through the trust you helped run. Rest in peace, Ray. Joshua Frampton
Our condolences to all his family and many friends on the loss of a true gentleman .He was always so helpful when we entered the Carnival or his shop Dick and Pearl Evans
Such a shock for all Shaftesbury people, old and young we will all miss him ,and he can’t be replaced. Deepest sympathy to Chris and family on your loss but like all of us you have some great memories of a great man. Goodnight Ray and sleep well . Keith Hooper
“An irreplaceable man who has left irreplaceable memories. Thank you Ray Humphries for all your warmth, generosity and hard work.
Totally unselfish with a heart-felt desire to help the town of Shaftesbury and all it’s citizens.
I would say ‘Rest In Peace’ but I’m sure that rest is not in your nature, so Heaven is all the much richer today, May you long be remembered and honoured back here on earth. Deepest sympathy to your family and eternal respect to you.” David Taylor
Such a nice man. Lived next door to him and Chris in Shaftesbury High Street. So sad. Thoughts are with Chris who I only saw a few months ago. RIP Ray Linda Burton
A friend, a boss ! and my good friends dad…. this is what Ray was to me, all my life, our parents were friends and then Sharon and I became great friends when we both had our children. Ray was Ray… who was involved in everything in Shaftesbury and gave 110% to all he did. Our town has lost a legend leaving a big void. God bless Ray. Xx Nicci Judd
“Ray was a very good man. He could not have been kinder to me back in the 80,s when I opened my shop. A true gentleman” Brian Johnson
“R. I. P Ray sad news to hear that you past away always remember your shop has a child seeing you at every Shaftesbury carnival.
You were a Shaftesbury legend” Des Castle
He will be sorely missed by all the people who knew him. Mike Hardiman and Sonia Sharman and my four children and 13 grand children
Was a pleasure to know Ray and loved there shop my thoughts with all the family and he loved carnival Roger.muspratthamilton
Ray had a wonderful smile and always made you feel welcomed, he was a huge credit to Shaftesbury. Ken and Pauline Sherlock
RIP a life full of Shaftesbury. No longer in pain. Karen
Ray is a great man will be missed in shaftesbury he done some much RIP Melissa
Ray was a lovely, friendly and kind man, always busy doing something for the Shaftesbury community. You will greatly missed, Thinking of your family and sending love. Emma Reeman
Condolences to the family. Ray was a great guy and we had many laughs over the years He will never be forgotten. Ian Gordon
We are extremely sorry to hear about your loss. Ray has definitely left an indelible impact. Bringing so much joy and wonderful things to the town and local community. He will never be forgotten. Extending our deepest sympathy to Chris, Mark, Sharon and family. Katrina Barlow and family
A Great Shastonion A Great Man, nobody will take his place. We will miss you so much Jenny Franks & Family
“I first met Ray in 1972 when I moved to Shaftesbury. He was a long-haired electrician then! He became a good friend and remained so until now. I also worked professionally with him on The Cedars/Castle Hill House care homes and most recently the Guide Hall in Lindlar Close. I know that I am only one of so many people in Shaftesbury who consider themselves privileged to be friends of Ray. He and Chris have done so much for the town for which we will all be grateful for many years to come. His passing will leave a big gap in the life of Shaftesbury. Rest in peace Ray..” Chris Romain
I loved going into the hardware store, it had everything you wanted. An old fashioned store and Ray was always helpful. I remember I wanted a particular nut and bolt and could not find it on the shelves. I asked Ray if he knew what I was looking for and what it was called, thinking I may find it somewhere else. Hang on a moment, he said, and disappeared down the stairs. Several minutes later he reappeared with exactly what I wanted. I knew we had some, somewhere he said. And it only cost me 30p. Such a nice man, always helpful and always said hello when you passed him in the street. David Hodson
Ray was Father Christmas at Roundabout Childrens Group run by Gloria, always helping out and was always so lovely. A very much missed town character. Angela Hughes
Ray, a true gentle giant in every sense, who will be greatly missed by the people who knew him. He always had a smile and a friendly word for you when you met him out and about in town. He also had a great sense of fun too. The friendly rivalry between his shop and our office on Xmas Late Night shopping will always make me chuckle. God bless Ray. Much love to Chris, Sharon, Mark and their families xx Laura Pugh
I first met ray as a young boy and he always had a smile and a good word to say, now some 50 years on he still had his smile and always said hello when I met him. I remember him as a younger man taking part in the annual pram race held over Christmas and taking part in the spring gala which was held at Barton hill many years ago. I had the privilege to work with Ray on several different committees, his enthusiasm and commitment was second to none. He will be greatly missed by the town and the people who live in Shaftesbury. May he now be resting peacefully and be able to watch the carnival. My condolences go out to his wife and family who I’m sure will be feeling his loss greatly. RIP Ray Andrew Brooks
A lovely Man who did so much for Shaftesbury over the years. Not forgetting his smile helping customers whilst running the hardware shop. Our thoughts go to all of his family. Joy Smith and Family.
“Ray really was ‘Mr Shaftesbury’ and did so much for the town.
He always had a smile on his face and will be very sadly missed.
Sending our love to all his family a this very sad time.
RIP Ray.” Hannah Mayo & Malcolm Jenkins
Ray, it was a pleasure having met you. Without your work with the William Williams charity my life would be entirely different, thank you forever. Rest in peace. Yousif Davis
Ray. Thank you for everything you have done for people in need in Shaftesbury without judgement and with humour. X Janene
“A kind and selfless man who gave his all for the town.
Many years ago our daughter was one of three girls who entered the carnival princess attendant competition. Usually there are two but so that one youngster wouldn’t be disappointed Ray suggested the Shaftesbury Carnival Princess had 3 attendants that year … .. so thoughtful. Thank you for all your hard work and kindness Ray, you will not be forgotten x” The Jane Family
“A truly genuine and lovely guy who I particularly remember from his days as a drummer in The Electric Bath. Always had a smile and time to have a chat. He will be sadly missed.” JH
I had the pleasure of knowing Ray as far back as his DJ days and electrical contracting. Then he was a customer of mine with the hardware shop. I Knew Ray on several levels, he was a great balanced guy fun and selfless with everything he did. He loved Shaftesbury and the community he lived within. My life was richer for the time we spent together and the laughs we had..RIP a truly special man and much loved… Kevin Sanger
“Ray always greeted us with a smile and was a generous and friendly man who worked tirelessly for the benefit of our lovely town. We remember him fondly as a fellow musician and a great person, he will be greatly missed.
Margaret and John Cluett
Such a lovely man – and always cheerful. Bill and Jackie Dobbs
“Dear Ray,Remembering the friendship you and Christine shared with me as Mayor of Yeovil 2001 /2002
Shaftesbury has lost a great man. Bridget Dollard MBE and David Dollard
A lovely man who did so much, not just for the town, but for the people in it. Our family enjoyed working with him on the Carnival the year my daughter was Carnival Queen and we were very grateful when he helped Natalie while at University with a bursary from the William Williams Trust. We will always remember him with much fondness. Hazel, David and Natalie
We met Ray in 1970 when we moved to Shaftesbury. We have fond memories of The Electric Bath and then the Electric Bath Roadshow. Always a smile, Always Christine. Our love goes to both Chris and family. Dudley and Ann Read. Coin, Malaga Spain.
Our sincere condolences to Chris, Sharon and Mark., on behalf of my father Michael (Mike) Tucker and myself. In Perth Western Australia. Although I only met Ray once and that was on my UK trip in 2017; it was a brief meeting in the band room and I wish it could have been longer.. you played the drums, a family trait as my dad did the same in the band for many years since he was 6, as did his father (your 1st cousin) and. grandfather You were an amazing chap Ray, so many singing your praises for the numerous and varied tasks you did for people and the town, a rare gem who cannot be replaced. Your family must be very proud of you, I know I am cousin.. Gods speed, enjoy your rest God Bless. Karen Satterthwaite nee Tucker
“To Ray, You changed my life in so many ways. Your the reason why Im a plumber and love what I do. I’ll never forget the joy you gave me when u helped me with my tool grant, not once but twice. You were a friendly and happy man. Rip Ray” Harry Green
Sending sincere condolences from Wareham Carnival Committee. Steve Leaton.
Ray was one of a kind and a true son of Shaftesbury. He was involved in so many organisations and activities in the Town, including the Carnival, the Town Silver Band (playing the side drum), the Arts Centre Revue and Pantomime Band, distributing and retrieving the poppy boxes and tins during the Poppy Appeal fortnight, Christmas lights, Christmas tree, watering the window boxes during the summer, and a good deal of support to others in many different ways. He was a force for good as a Councillor and Town Mayor. He and Chris were justly proud of their well-earned status as Freemen of the Town. He leaves a vast vacuum which can never completely be filled. We share the family’s grief in his passing. Many of his friends share fond personal memories of his kindness, sense of humour, and willingness to help. May he rest in peace secure in the knowledge of the whole community’s deep respect for his lifetime of service and support to us all.
Robin Antony Miller
Ray Humpries MBE (Shaftesbury Carnival Patron) As the current chairman of the Shaftesbury Carnival I am deeply saddened at the news of Rays passing. Ray was a dedicated member of the committee for over 40 years being involved in all aspects and most importantly with Chris by his side running the events. Ray offered so much to the carnival over the years from shiny colourful boots, pram races, decorated toilets to excellent leadership and guidance. Shaftesbury has so much to be grateful for. Ray will be missed I often called him for advice and guidance on all things carnival.
Ray we will miss you and personally I will miss all your support and that infectious smile.
The carnival will live on in your memory Ray, now its your time to rest!
Our thoughts are with Chris, Sharon and Mark and family at this time.
Shaftesbury Carnival past and present committee members
We first met Ray some 40 years ago when he had the hardware shop in Shaftesbury High Street and we had just moved to Motcombe. During the course of time both Pam And I were amazed at Ray’s involvement with the town, it’s as though he gave his whole life to voluntarily working for Shaftesbury and it’s residents. Ray was an extremely unselfish person.
I personally came more in contact with Ray and his wife when I became the Parade Marshal for our local branch of the Royal British Legion, when I had to request to have the Shaftesbury Town Silver band for remembrance parades.
Ray was a member of the Royal British Legion and his life was lived under the banner motto of the legion, SERVICE NOT SELF
Rest in peace Ray you will be missed, we will remember you.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Don and Pam Curry
Ray was a very special man, always so friendly and kind. We will remember his great drumming in the band concerts which my mum and late Dad enjoyed immensely and many other occasions Deepest . Condolences to all the family
Janice Allan and Sheila Hardiman
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to Ray’s wife Chris and all his family. Ray was a truly lovely man who always had a cheery, friendly smile and chat for us despite his very trying medical situation in recent times. When we first bought our house in Shaftesbury in 2000 we ordered a fridge from Humphries in the High Street and Ray delivered it personally for us. He was so welcoming to us and was one of our first introductions to lovely Shaftesbury which we will never forget. We can honestly say we have never met a kinder, friendlier man committed to the community of Shaftesbury. He really was ‘Mr Shaftesbury’ to us. Someone who will never be forgotten. With fond memories of a true legend in the real sense of the word. Sylvia and Peter Lee
Ray………what a guy!
How proud your family must be with what you have achieved over the years. The most genuine, kind and dedicated person I have met. Your advice and guidance is invaluable.
Ray is the perfect example of a great man.
My condolences to Rays family
“One of the first people I had the pleasure of meeting when I first moved to Shaston back in 1984. His shop in the High Street was an Aladdins cave. Whatever you needed, Humphries seemed to have it.
Ray always stopped to have a chat and I will miss that most. My family send all love and caring thoughts to Chris, Mark, Sharon and family. Rays Legacy will continue and we should all be grateful for his tireless work that has benefitted Shaftesbury for generations to come RIP Ray” Tim Beal
Firstly my deepest sympathy to Chris, Sharon and Mark, my thoughts are with you at this time. It was with great shock to read the passing of a true gentleman, who deserved all the thanks for his achievements for Shaftesbury, a gentleman who would cross the road to say hello along with a shake of the hand, never to busy to pass me by. All the comments written by so many in this book are so so true, from the antics on carnival night’s to the serious Ray, he will be sorely missed, and will leave a void in Shaftesbury which will never be filled. RIP Ray, fondest memories. Terry (terry vision) Wareham
“A man who knew what serving his community really meant, and he always did it with a smile
Deepest Sympathy to his family” Clive Forward
“He was very kind. kind to us when we were Landlords of The Mitre ,some years ago.
Condolences to his family. .” David and Catherine
A very sad time for Shaftesbury, Ray was a lovely man who helped so many. My thoughts are with Chris Sharon Mark and all the family. R. I. P. Ray😢 Julie Hoskins.
Although I never knew him personally, Ray funded two years of my university education through the Williams Williams trust, enabling me to study illustration with all the equipment and resources needed to complete my studies to a high standard.
I am forever grateful for his work that benefitted me personally, and the beautiful town I grew up in. Much love to all his family and friends.
Ray was so important to so many aspects of town life and an inspiration to so many. He will never be forgotten. I raise a glass to a life well lived. David Perry
Bless you Ray, you will be missed by many. My condolences to Chris and family. Christine Di Marino
Remembering a true friend and long association through carnival. Always steadfast, helpful and fun. We have many happy memories of Ray. He will be very sadly missed but will remain in our hearts forever.
Rest In Peace Ray and love and condolences to Chris, Mark and Sharon xx. Geoff and Gill Wallis
We first met Ray in 1976 when he was an electrician and did some work for us.. Since then we have seen him give so much time and effort and enthusiasm to Shaftesbury, be it The Carnival, The Town Council, Chamber of Trade, Shaftesbury Silver Band, etc., he represented Shaftesbury on so many fronts, and we shall miss his smiling face.
Rest in Peace, Ray. Les & Maddy Girling
Fond memories of Ray. We knew him for over 44 years and had a huge amount of respect him, and all that he did for Shaftesbury. He really was Mr Nice Guy in every way. Thinking of Chris and his family at this sad time. Les & Maddy Girling
Dearest Ray. You will be so missed. I have known you and your beautiful wife nearly all of my life. You were the gentlest of men, a true quiet hero. Enjoy doing what you do in the next journey of afterlife. Love from Karen and Phil Hacker xx Karen Hacker
Maureen and Bob Muspratt send our Thought,s to the Family of Chris and Ray… Maureen /Bob Muspratt
A truly, genuine, nice guy, who was worthy of his ‘Mr Shaftesbury’ nametag. Fred knew him all his life and he never changed. I, however, was an incomer of 47 years and he spoke to me every time he saw me. A lovely man greatly missed. Fred and Gill Roberts
Thank you for all you did for the town, we will always remember the “boots” at every carnival
Rest easy Ray. Mike and Beryl Reid
All the best, Ray. R.I.P.. Tim Cooper
Sincere condolences from the Trustees of CedarsCastleHill where we remember Ray with great affection.as a colleague, “go to” person for things like tombola tumblers and best ever putter up of bunting – which, yes, he had hidden away somewhere!
Ray was a truly generous and caring man who had the good of Shaftesbury firmly at heart.
We will al miss him so much and send our very best thoughts and prayers to Chris and the family at this sad time.
Sara Jacson MBE Chair of Trustees, CedarsCastleHill
I got to know Ray whilst working for Shaftesbury Town Council. He had the best interests of Shaftesbury at the heart of everything he did and worked tirelessly for the many local organisations he was involved with. Ray was always willing to take the time to chat whenever I met him in the town and our regular events in Shaftesbury and the surrounding areas won’t be the same without seeing his smiling face organising and doing things or playing in the Silver Band. Shirley Yeo
From former Mayor and Mayoress of Wimborne Minster Anthony and Christine Oliver….
I was Mayor of Wimborne Minster the same two years that Ray was Mayor of Shaftesbury and both my wife Christine and I enjoyed many times together with Ray and Christine over those two years meeting regularly at Civic Events across the County and since at the annual re-union lunches we used to hold for the Chain Gang as they were known. We also had in common ‘In Bloom’ as we started Wimborne in Bloom and I was its Chairman for 20 years…the inaugural meeting of which in 1992 was addressed by Derek Beer.
We shall miss you Ray at future gatherings and following that phone call you made to me in September when you passed to me the baton to organise the next re-union as you would be unable to host it I shall indeed carry out your wishes to the best of my ability when we are through this current Coronavirus Pandemic and we shall hope that Christine will be able to join us.
I write this as your funeral takes place and we are just sad that due to the current restrictions we are unable to be present to pay our respects to you.
With our sincere condolences and sympathies to Christine and the family at this very sad time.
Ray you will indeed be missed by us all.
Anthony & Christine Oliver
I am very saddened to hear of Ray’s passing. I worked as Mayors secretary for 9 years with many different characters and without a doubt Ray and Chris were two of the best. Ray had so much energy and time for everyone and everything when I knew him and Shaftesbury will be a poorer place without him. Condolences to Chris and family
My first recollections of Ray was when he was a 10/11year old boy. Back in 1960 I went to work for his uncle Walter Humphries in Salisbury Street (now Kalypsos & Boschen) which was then an Ironmongers, Plumbing & Heating Engineers. It was there I got to know Reg, Rays father who was with the plumbing & heating department side of the business. His mother Ivy would often come into the shop along with Ray, his sisters Yvonne and Maureen and brother Michael. They were such a lovely, kind warm family. Little did I realise then that Ray would grow up to become
‘Mr Shaftesbury’, a proud Shastonian, who was so highly thought of and much loved by all that knew him. He will be greatly missed by so many organisations especially his loves, the Shaftesbury Carnival and the Town Band. But most of all he will be deeply missed by Chris (his Rock), Mark, Sharon, Steve, Grandchildren and the family, of whom he was so proud and thought the world of.
RIP dear Ray.