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Ray's Funeral
A very good man
 
 
 
Ray had a wondeful and respectful service at the church and crematorium.
 
Both very well atended.
 
 
Rest in peace Ray and many thanks for all you have done for the club and its members.
 
MMBFC
 
Ray was a long standing member of the  club. Served on the committee for many years.
Vice Commodore for 2 years.
Commodore for 2 years 2015-2017

 
 
 
 
 
Video by Jean Dyer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Media report below
Media report below
Media report below

On January 28, Drum Major Raymond (Ray) George Bennett lost his battle with motor neurone disease.

Ray, 78, was born in Mumbles in 1939 and went to school in Oystermouth.

He joined the Army Cadets, aged 12, and on leaving school joined the Army as a driver in the Royal Army Service Corps (later the Royal Corp of Transport).

He was a bandsman in the RCT Regimental Pipe Band and became the drum major (the smartly dressed man at the front).

On leaving the Army he re-joined the Army cadets and continued as a drum major in the bugle and drum band.
 
He was commissioned as a lieutenant and spent many happy years in the band along with his nephew Mike Hurst (Tipper – lead drummer) and his father George William Bennett (regimental sergeant major).

Ray was very well known for founding the City of Swansea Pipe band which started in 1971, of which he was the last remaining founding member.

Band practice was religiously attended, often with children and then grandchildren in tow, and band engagements regular, which according to his daughter he thoroughly enjoyed and was always meticulously dressed for.
 
In civilian life, Ray worked as a butcher for Dewhurst and a delivery driver for Munday’s Wine Merchants, before becoming a senior technician for British Telecom who he worked for until he retired.In civilian life, Ray worked as a butcher for Dewhurst and a delivery driver for Munday’s Wine Merchants, before becoming a senior technician for British Telecom who he worked for until he retired.
 

He leaves wife, Pam, and children, Chris and Tracy.

 

Ray was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2015 after his first symptoms became apparent when he could no longer keep up with his beloved band on parade.

In due course he was unable to participate in the band engagements but continued to be an active member of the band, and enjoyed teaching the junior members how to drum.

During his illness Ray attended Ty Olwen day care centre where he met a music therapist who was inspired to write an article about his courage and ability to give despite his declining physical ability.
 
Jill Williams What a fantastic tribute Pam, you must be so proud, we have been friends a long time love and hugs.
 
Hilary Jago Lovely article Pam so well deserved.
 
Terry Purcell True Gentleman will be missed by all.

 
 
 

In September 2016 the band surprised their Drum Major with a flashmob outside his house in Gorseinon.

It was his wife’s birthday and the whole family had gathered for a party and persuaded him to dress up in his band uniform for a family photo.

“You can imagine his surprise and delight with the fantastic tribute they paid him,” said daughter Tracy.

“There was not a dry eye in the house.”