TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved family man who has passed away at the age of 80. Ray Poole was not only devoted to his family but also dedicated to his job as a glazier in the area. Locally known as 'Ray The Glass', Ray moved from Hanley, where he was born and bred, to Uttoxeter in 1979 to set up his glazing business and worked right up until before Christmas – still going to heady heights up ladders to replace windows at the age of 80.
Ray, who leaves behind his children Sue, Andy, Robert and Lorna, was also a much-loved grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great grandfather.
Ray’s son Andy said of his father: “He always had time for everyone.
“We had lots of laughs. Dad had a dry sense of humour. He never minced his words.”
Andy, who worked with his dad, said: “I started helping dad at the business when I was a child and have worked with him the majority of the time ever since.
“He was an inspirational dad – he got me into the trade and my younger brother too.
“Dad always told his customers that he was ‘top of the tree’ on the glass side – one of the best glaziers in the Potteries.
“He always made time for the customers and a lot of his customers became his good friends.
“The business will carry on in a new life but still with my dad’s values.
The first things for him were his dedication to his family and his job – they were his main two things in life.
“Ray was also a great Stoke City fan.”
As well as being a committed glazier and family man, Ray also liked to do his bit for the community, including carrying out a charity sponsored slim, and he also sponsored a children’s football team in Uttoxeter.
Ray’s funeral will be held at Stafford Crematorium on Friday, March 8 at 12.30pm, with the hearse leaving Uttoxeter Glass at 2 Park Place in Uttoxeter at around 11.45am-noon.
After the funeral service there will be a Celebration of Ray’s Life at The Royal British Legion Club in Uttoxeter.The family have asked for family flowers only but contributions are welcome in aid of the Dogs Trust at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/raytheglass.
Andy added: “Dad loved dogs, that is why we are asking people for donations to the Dogs Trust instead of flowers at his funeral.
“He had dogs all his life including two Rottweilers for 20 years and then a Labrador called Flukey and then another black Labrador called Holly who is still with us.”
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