Ray Farmer - Lentern TT Club

Ray Farmer

(6th August 1936 - 10 Oct 2017)


It is with a heavy heart that I have been asked to pass on the sad news that Ray Farmer passed away yesterday morning in Southend Hospital after a bout of pneumonia.

Wayne rang me this afternoon and asked me to pass on the news to his Table Tennis friends and I will put something fitting on the web later.

Rays funeral will be held at Southend Crematorium on Tuesday 24 October at 11:40

I have sent our love to his family.

Jayne Johnson, SDTTL Secretary


Ray Farmer

(6th August 1936 - 10 Oct 2017)

Thanks Jayne for letting us know about the sad passing of our such good friend Ray. Our thoughts are with Ray's wife Pat and their son Wayne and his wife Dasher and Rays new grandchild.

Whilst Ray's family always came first, Ray loved his Table Tennis and throughout his life, Rays family supported him in his passion.

Rays daughter lives in Australia and Ray and Pat enjoyed a long period living there.

I visited Pat and Ray towards the end of August and Ray was clearly suffering: so sad.

From the early days when I first met Ray he was a very enthusiastic Player and an equally Enthusiastic and hard working volunteer. 

He ran the Lentern Aircraft Club, (later to be known just as Lentern), so well for many years and at their peak they had 5 Teams.

Ray was always looking to spread the interest in our game and for several years he ran a Hard Bat Summer League at Hullbridge.

He was also responsible for a few years in the Champions verses the rest for each Division at the end of the Season.

Then another successful idea of his was to found and run the Old Codgers Club at Hullbridge; a very well supported weekly event ran over 2 days. 

Ray ran teams in our Summer League as well as our Winter League and was so proud of his Club.

In his younger days Ray represented Southend in the Essex Inter League, running several teams over the years. 

Ray was a regular entrant of both the Southend and Basildon Closed Championships and won several trophies.

Ray was also a regular member of the Southend Committee for many years: always looking to help out where he could.

In recognition of Ray's service to our League, Ray was made a Life Member of the Southend and District Table Tennis League. 

Ray was simply one of our Characters, a friend of many, a great sense of humour, a good player, a good sport, always giving something back to the Sport he loved: but most of all Ray was a family man who loved his family.

Ray will be so much missed

Ken Field, SDTTL Chairman


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