Ray Wiggin : QA / Engineering Manager
Sadly we learn that Ray, QA / Engineering Manager, passed away on 20th April 2021. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and former colleagues.
To Be Advised.
Photo: Ray at work in 1971
From Roger Creasey
I remember Ray very well it was in the early 60s when Hunting Clan Joined us at Gatwick to form the beginnings of British United (BUA). Ray came down with the likes of Charlie Thorne, Otto Lenz, Mitch and one or 2 others whose names escape me with the passing of time. Ray was very experienced on the Vickers Viscount and the Bristol Britannia aircraft which at that time were the main aircraft operated by us. He was a great guy to work with and could turn his hand to any engineering task.
From Ray Astridge: Sad news, always had time for Ray. RIP.
From Roger Warren: RIP Ray
From Tony Rider: Sad News Ray was a great guy. RIP Ray Fly High
From Michael Holt-chasteauneuf: Remember Ray well. Nice guy always had time for you
From Fee Flee: So very sorry to see this Fly Free Ray
From Danny Sheehan: What a sad passing Ray was such a nice guy. Knew him well from my config days. RIP mate
From John Layton: A great guy, remember doing a pressure run with him, my ears didnít got over it for days !
From Christopher Bashford
Really sorry to hear that Ray has passed on. I new him from Airwork at Blackbushe when he was an Inspector and finally he was my boss at BCal as Quality Manager. A first class engineer. RIP
From Mel Sanders: Remember Ray from the early BCal days, a very fair LMS and well liked by the line engineers, RIP Ray.
From Tom Beck
I knew Ray at BUA/BCAL though did not work closely with him. But my wife and I bought our first house from him when he moved from Tilgate to Copthorne at the end of 1969. Most people find house-buying very stressful but our experience was anything but. We agreed a private sale in about five minutes flat. Following delays to the completion of his new house which threatened to render us homeless, he suggested that we might like to set up home in a caravan in his garden. We lived quite comfortably like that for some six weeks. He even gave us a key to the house to make use of the bathroom! More than fifty years later, his thoughtfulness at that time has never been forgotten.
From Jim Williams: Sorry to hear about Ray, one of the best Superintendents I have known. R.I.P Ray.
From Colin Varty
So sorry to hear about Ray. Ray was a Line Maintenance Supt from BUA days and his shift pattern often coincided with ours in Operations. Many a night spent nattering over cups of tea, one of his hobbies was building model steam engines (stationary).
From Bob Cooper: RIP Ray. He was the LMS on our shift early seventies, always had time to listen if you had a problem.
If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at BCalatribute@outlook.com
Condolences have also been extended by:
Dave Thaxter, Suzzi Mills, Julie Hourigan, Riaz Butt, Kris Massie, Peter Durran, Christine Jegu, Jackie Hebert, Liz Tiley, Sally Simmonds, Bob Holmes, Martine Schroeter, Adrian Evans, Lindsay Smith, Biddi Geoghegan, Alan Reeves, Jenny Thomas, Andy Hudson, Tina Harvey, Dave Surry, Ken Lownds, Liz Rogers,
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