It is with very great sadness and a tremendous sense of loss that we have to announce the very sudden death of Ray Ward, Vice Chairman of FOBBS. He died very suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday morning after being a fit and healthy Judge at Capel manor Show on Sunday. He will be very greatly missed by all the FoBBS committee and I am equally sure by Sussex Bonsai Group of whom he was a very long time member and the newer Crawley Bonsai Society of whom he was a founder member.
The work done for Bonsai by Ray enormous and the enthusiasm with which he threw himself into all he did will be remembered by all who knew him or with whom he came in contact. A man recently recognised on the FOBBS Roll of Honour; he will be remembered for his work and enthusiasm.
Our thoughts and wishes go out to his wife Peta and to his family and friends at this very sad time.
For those wishing to express their condolences, the e-mail address is: email@example.com
For those who had expressed a wish to attend, Ray's funeral will be at 10.30am on Thursday 30th October at Worth Crematorium, Balcombe Road, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 3NQ. Rather than flowers, donations would be acceptable at Ray’s funeral. Apparently, he was Chairman of the ‘Friends of Broadfield Park’, an organisation set up to commemorate the Queens Jubilee, and functioning to preserve natural recreational areas through conservation etc. Broadfield Park itself is located near Crawley.
Chairman of FoBBS