It is with the heaviest of hearts that I action the family request to I advise golfers about the passing of our Treasurer, Ray Tume – today around lunch time.
It is difficult to identify a more respected member of our Golf Club than Ray.
Many in the Club are able to say Ray was a friend and there is a closer circle of playing partners who will so miss his banter, golf skills and daily comradeship.
Ray was the backbone of the Golf Club for a decade and a half, providing the financial leadership that let the Golf Committees and Captains deliver golf programs that gave prizes and functions which golfers valued.
Since 2011, when the current single Golf Club was formed, Ray served all Men’s, Ladies’ and Veterans’ golfers with his considerable financial skills that spaned strategic and operational.
Ray set budgets and at the daily end, collected and banked money. It was clear that he loved to make all the Club administration work.
He delivered every time, front of room on Monday’s, assisting with the raffles and holding the barrel for the draw along with managing the dry till at Christmas and other functions.
It was his end to end delivery and calmness in any situation that was the cornerstone of the respect he generated.
Respect extended well beyond the Golf Club and Twin Towns Chair, Mike Fraser provided the comment – “I am very saddened. A remarkable man, extremely reserved and will certainly be missed in a myriad of ways by all concerned. He will be remembered for the dedication and sacrifice he made for Banora and the Golf club members.”
Ray’s golf skills held him in our top bracket and it was not uncommon for his name to appear top of the leader board or at least, in the prize list.
I am lucky enough to say Ray was a friend, adviser and confidant.