The Service of Celebration for the life of William Raymond Gell, aged 90 of Market Rasen, was held at Market Rasen Methodist Church, following a private cremation service in Lincoln.
Ray moved to Market Rasen in 1955 joining Phil Cox to form the well known Family Butchers, Cox & Gell in Queen Street, a business which he maintained and developed until his retirement in 1986.
Prior to moving to Market Rasen, Ray worked in the butchery department in Sainsbury’s in Nottingham as assistant manager, having started his working life in the local butchers in his home village of Blidworth, Nottinghamshire.
During WW2, Ray joined the RAF as ground crew, mainly in Bomber Command serving in North Africa and India as well as more locally in Lincolnshire, where he met his wife Lilian Garnett.
Ray had been a member of the Methodist Church since moving to Market Rasen and was a well known and active member of the local church, having served for many years as Property Steward.
He was also a founder member of the Methodist Church Men’s Group, acting as treasurer and always playing a major part in the annual Men’s Weekend.
He was also a member of Market Rasen and District Probus Club and was a familiar figure in the town until a few months before his death when ill health forced him to move away.
He died in The Vale Care Home, Bolsover, Derbyshire.
The Rev Andrew Lomax officiated at the services and arrangements were by J Marshall of Market Rasen.
Family mourners were: Mr and Mrs P Parrott, Dr and Mrs I Gell (children); Dr E Parrott, Dr L Gell and Mr D Gavens, Mr W Parrott and Miss J Prestidge (grandchildren); Mr K Gell (brother); Mr and Mrs R Fuller, Mr and Mrs D Gell, Mr and Mrs A Barker, Miss S Garnett, Mr and Mrs D Robinson (nephews and nieces); Miss G Fuller, Miss A Fuller, Miss V Fuller, Mr C Fuller, Mr J Fuller, Mr W Fuller, Mr J Gell, Miss R Gell and Mr H Raw, Mr C and Mr N Barker, (great-nephews and great-nieces); Mr and Mrs V Arnold, Mrs B Henwood (cousins).
Friends at the service were: Mr and Mrs B Oxborrow (also rep The Ladies Group); Mrs J Saunby (also rep Mr R Saunby); Mr and Mrs P Hayward; Laurie Oxburgh (also rep Shirley Oxburgh); John Blackburn; Mr and Mrs J Woodall (also rep the family); Mr and Mrs D Islip; Don Owen; Miss J Nicholls (also rep Mrs M Nicholls); Mr and Mrs Flintham; Mrs S Dean; Mrs C Lancaster (also rep Mr and Mrs R Lancaster); Miss C Cox; Mr and Mrs D W Johnson; Mrs Sadleson; Mr and Mrs E Margetson; Jane Corden (also rep Thomas Corden); Christine and Colin Sheppard; Claire Mann (also rep Sean Mann); Matthew and Darren Beamond (also rep Roger Garnet); Mrs M Charman (also rep Richard, Laura and Graham); Mr and Mrs B Ward; Josie and Derek Grayson; Kathy Stokes; John and Thelma Bayes; David Hill; Mr and Mrs Dowse; Mr and Mrs J Thompson; David and Mary Vamplew; Ian Shedden; Gordon Hildred; Mrs J Bates (also rep Mr C Bates); Audrey Ward; Janet Hainton; Mick and Viv Harper; G Smith (also rep Mr and Mrs W Hankins, Mr and Mrs R Vickers); Mr N D Corden (also rep Mens Meeting, The Corden family, and David and Janet); Maureen and Brian Kirkby; Miss C Maycock; Glenda Taylor (also rep Geoff Taylor); Jean Woodward; Mrs S Norman; Mrs Wilson; Andrew Wilson; Mr and Mrs Holmes; Mrs R Hawbrook (also rep Mrs Lancaster); Ben Smith (also rep Market Rasen and District Probus Club); Isabel and Eric Burks (also rep Ann and John Baxter, Jenny Murdoch); Janet Goodyear; Mrs C Tindall (also rep Mr R Tindall, Darren and Richard); Frank Fieldsend; Dawn and Gordon Brooks; Mr and Mrs Hare (also rep Robert Hare); Mr and Mrs D Whitwell; G Freeman; Mr B Marshall (also rep Mrs J Marshall); Mr J Mundey; Mr and Mrs R Parsons; Miss G Cox.