Ray died in July this year and was one of the most loved members of the Association. Ray was full of wit, banter and general Joie De Vivre.He was immensely popular not only with those he served, but also his commanders and all those associated with him. He and his wife Pat regularly attended every reunion and brought his children and grandchildren into the Association.To say he will be missed is an understatement. His funeral in August this year was attended by a number of members of the Association and his esprit De Corps was apparent from the appearance of a Standard bearer and the bagpipes which piped him into the chapel.
Such was his pride in his military service that after leaving the Corps he became an avid supporter of the British Legion and Help for Heroes.
We will never forget you Ray RIP.
Carl and Debbie wrote
A Tribute To Raymond Cank
Ray was born on the 21 st August 1944 in Leicester and was the eldest of three.
Ray tolerated school, it wasn’t his favourite place and he played truant quite a bit, so to leave school and start work at 15 was quite a relief. His first job was as a milkman,but he soon found his way in to the army, in the Royal Signals. After first training as a lineman at Catterick, he was stationed in Germany and loved it. He was a true soldier till the day he died. Although he served just 9 years, he always took a keen interest in army life and frequently reminisced with his children and grandchildren. For the last 10 years or more he fondly attended the 19 Signal regiment, Royal Signals annual reunion. accompanied by his family, celebrating his service as a soldier who laid telephone lines, keeping communications open..in other words a “Hairy Arsed Linesman!” He often joked about how his remaining service days were spent as a “Trained Killer!”
After Germany, Ray met and fell in love with Pat, they married before being deployed to Singapore. The first of their children, a son, Carl was born in Singapore and their daughter Kelly was bom some years later when they had returned to the UK.
Ray was a man who was funny loving and kind. Equally, he was firm but fair, a stickler for detail and always very punctual. Pat, his wife, said that he had a loving personality, always sincere and very kind. His children, Carl and Kelly, said he was the best father anyone could have wished for, their hero and an excelled role model. To his grandchildren, Ray is said to be their Idol and is “Irreplaceable”. Ray had the ability to make everybody feel cherished, loved and supported. When asked how the family would like to remember Ray, his loving wife Pat recalled the words she had spoken at her fathers funeral;
“If I should die, remember this of me, I loved life, I loved health, But most of all I loved my family”
The celebration of Ray’s life was held on Wednesday 17th August 2016. Led into the chapel by a Lone Piper playing “Black Bear” and accompanied by a Royal Signals Standard Bearer, Ray was bravely carried by male members of his family. It was a fitting service celebrating Ray’s life, listening to poetry of his choice and to pieces of music he loved. The service was well attended, standing room only and beyond the doors of the chapel.
Family floral tributes included; a Royal Signals Badge, his Royal Signals beret and a Minion amongst others.
An eloquent wake provided by Pat at a nearby venue was enjoyed by all who attended, and donations for “Help for Heroes” (Ray’s choice)
Raymond George Cank. We will remember you. God bless.