Your messages for the family, friends and colleagues of Councillor Ray Walker:
It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Councillor Ray Walker. He was committed and proud to represent his residents and community.
I am personally proud and grateful for the support Ray has given to the City Council and myself over the years. Ray was a kind, dedicated and selfless man, often putting the needs of others before those of his own, whilst being really proud and ambitious for Salford, its people and its communities.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jan, his family and all of his friends at this tragic time. May he rest in peace.
Paul Dennett, Salford City Mayor
Ray Walker will be deeply missed by all of us at Salford City UNISON, where he served as a shop steward, a branch officer and our Branch Secretary.
His life was devoted to lifting up other people and improving the lives of the working class. He was a proud Salfordian, but also a proud internationalist and his legacy extends further than the boundaries of our city.
Salford has lost a son and the labour and trade union movement has lost a brother, but the effects of his commitment to others will endure.
We at UNISON will ensure we find an appropriate way to mark Ray's legacy, but for now our thoughts are with his wife Jan, their family and Ray's closest friends.
Rest in Peace Ray
Steve North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON
Knew Ray many years ago we both were shop stewards in the Union worked together many times this is sad news RIP Ray X
So sorry to hear of Rays passing. We were Unison colleagues for years. Fought many battles together for our members. He was a good all round compassionate man. Rest in peace old friend xxx
I will always remember Ray as a deeply principled and committed man, an advocate for those in greatest need. So sorry to hear the sad news of his death. With love, sympathy and prayers for Ray, his family and friends. X
So very sorry to hear about Ray, He supported us all in the children's nurseries many years ago, I'm sure his support and hard work will never be forgotten.
Saddened to hear of Ray's passing. We were colleagues for many years in both Nalgo and Unison. A committed socialist, very well read and knowledgeable about the history of the socialist movement. Always dedicated to getting the very best for the people of Salford. You will be missed my friend.
How very sad! It was an absolute please welcoming Ray on to the Advice Team. He fit into the role as if he'd always worked on the team! Ray was a true gentleman, he treated all visitors with empathy and understanding aiming to assist as best he could. RIP Ray, a true gent.
Ray was a lovely man to work with! Never forget the crazy times we had on Civic. Sleep tight.
Sorry for your loss, he was a true gentleman x
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Rays passing. I have known Ray for many years working alongside him for Salford city unison branch as a steward for children's services he taught me all I know about the union he encouraged me to be a shop steward and I thank him for that. We have had some funny times on the picket lines with other comrades over the years and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. My thoughts go to his wife Jan and all his family and friends xx god bless you ray and family xx god night my friend xx
So sad to hear of your passing. A true socialist and a loss to our movement and the city. Ar dheis D go raibh a anam.
I was saddened to hear about the sudden passing of colleague Ray. In the short time I knew him I found him to be a modest, shy and conscientious man who made pertinent contributions to meetings. He will be missed by many. I send my sincere condolences to Janet and family at this difficult time.
Councillor Heather Fletcher
Sorry to hear you have passed. RIP
Ray was a humble polite and helpful person. He will be always missed. Condolence with his family and friends.
Ray had dedicated his whole life to Salford - he worked through the trade union movement and the Labour Party to make the lives of everyone a better. Since his passing I have heard so many people come forward to tell of the kindness he showed them when they needed it most, and the quiet way in which he helped them without seeking anything in return. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Godspeed to you, Ray. You were an honourable comrade and you will be missed. Thank you for all you did x
Thinking of the family at this sad time. RIP Ray
To Ray's family. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time that your family is going through. May Lord comfort you and walk alongside you.
We will always remember Ray in Pendleton and Charlestown Ward and in Salford City. Rest in Peace, Councillor Ray!
It was such very sad news to hear of Ray's passing. I just want to say a huge thank you to Ray, who supported me (as a union member) through a very challenging time in my life and stood up for me and fought my corner when I was not able to do so. I will be forever grateful. Sending love and sincere condolences to Ray's family, friends and colleagues.
Thanks for all you have done for the Union and the Community you will be missed xxxx
Ray was devoted to the Labour movement, to Salford, and to making life better for people who lived there. We worked together on many campaigns in what was the Irwell Riverside area and he was an asset to Salford Council, combining passion with a deep understanding. He will be missed, and my thoughts are with his wife, family and friends at this tragic loss.
Shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Ray. He was a dedicated activist for working class causes and will be greatly missed. RIP Ray.
So sad that Ray was taken from us too soon, he was a true Salfordian, a giant who stood up for his colleagues as a union rep and his constituents as a Councillor, nothing was too much, a great loss to the socialist movement and the city of Salford, I will miss you mate, a man I was proud to call a friend. RIP Ray.
Love and support is sent to the family - very sad to hear this news! Unison member Linda Jordan x
Ray Walker was a lovely man. A credit to humanity. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and those close to him.
As a member of NUPE and then UNISON I remember Ray well and his passion for the well being of his colleagues and the people of Salford. A true servant. RIP Ray.
Very sorry to hear about Ray who was UNISON Branch Secretary when I joined Salford Council. He was always very kind, committed and supportive.
Sincere condolences to Ray's family.
So sad about Ray I worked with him when I was a shop steward many years ago. I will always remember him for his complete commitment to helping our Union members. he was one of the good guys. My heart and prayers go to his family. Rest in Peace Ray knowing you did the very best you could always.
Ray was such quiet and humble man. A socialist through and through who dedicated his like to public service and supporting other people through the Trade Union movement, at the council and as a caseworker for Rebecca, where I got to know him well. He did all he could to support people who didn't know where else to turn. He will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace Ray.
Ray was a committed socialist, anti racist and opposed imperialism. He stood for the rights of Salford people but also was an internationalist. He is a sad loss for all of us fighting for a better world. RIP
Ameen Hadi, Treasurer, Salford City Unison
So sorry to hear of the passing of our friend and comrade Ray Walker, without doubt he will be sadly missed by many, thoughts with his family and friends. RIP Ray.
Pam Howard, UNISON Warrington Local Government
A sad loss to the community, dedicated to his work. Condolences to family and friends.
Sorry to hear about Ray's passing. I remember him during his time at Broadwalk library where he was a librarian there in the late 80's mid 90's. A knowledgeable and interesting man who will be sadly missed. Condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P
I can only echo what everyone else has written about Ray, however putting aside his commitment to politics and trade union activism Ray as a person had a great sense of humour. I personally have shared and experienced some absolute hilarious moments with Ray. There were times when he didn't mean to be funny but I'd find him funny and then he'd just laugh along with me, for eg: when both Ray and I were waiting to use our photocopier and he was really wound up about something so I thought I'll sing Elvis for him (his fave) the next thing you know were both singing Good Luck Charm at the top of our voices in this tiny photocopying room. Yes Ray loved Elvis!
I attended Ray's leaving do from the council and he gave us a rendition - he definitely could do it! Ray did love Salford however he did love the City of Manchester as well, he often trekked into M/CH.
I know Ray would have been absolutely proud as punch when he was elected as a Salford Councillor just as he was a proud Salford UNISON Branch Secretary.
I will always remember you fondly Ray
Diane Ogg x
I was so sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Roy from the time I worked with Salford's Sure Start Childrens Centres. He had a lifelong commitment to the people of Salford, through the labour and trade union movement and latterly as a councillor. My thoughts go out to his family.
May the Soul of Cllr Ray Walker be at Peace with our Heavenly Father. My condolences to the family and friends
Councillor Alexis Murura Shama
Please accept my family's heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you the family of our former Branch Secretary, Ray Walker. We pray that God blesses and comforts us all during this difficult time. Ray Walker was a servant of the people, a true leader.
I wish your soul rest in perfect peace Ray.
It's so sad to hear of the passing of Ray Walker, sending my love and prayers to his family and friends. Ray always made himself available to provide advice and support when needed and was as absolute fountain of knowledge. He was a genuinely decent man who fought for the low paid hard workers in my school and It was a pleasure to work with him as a unison rep. RIP Ray xx
Our sincere condolences to the family of Ray. He was a kind and generous of person. He will be greatly missed.
Councillor John Mullen
RIP Ray we go back many years in our roles as Branch Secretary on our branches. Ray gave me great support and encouragement as a neighbouring activist in Swinton. We also sat on various committees together and had many a laugh and debate on all subjects. One of Ray's great loves was being involved the Working Class Movement Library and was always promoting it on his ventures. Condolences to Ray's family he will be missed by all who knew him.
I am very saddened and shocked by Rays passing. Ray had been extremely helpful in dealing with my partners visa issues with the Home Office, and was fundamental in helping us alleviate a difficult, stressful situation. He was being extremely proactive, helpful, and conscientious.
When I encountered Ray in other aspects, Ray was nothing other than warm, friendly, and welcoming. A very sad loss. My thoughts are with you.
Ray, Thank you for being kind to me after a difficult meeting. I will never forget that. You were always straight talking, especially during our short time on planning together. Rest in peace. All my love to those closest to you.
Laura Edwards x
So saddened by the news of Ray's death. My thoughts are with Jan and the rest of the family. Ray was a loved and respected comrade, loyal and hard working and also very funny, who dedicated his life to the greatest cause. I met Ray in the late 1980s when we were both members of the Communist Party in Salford. Ray was our branch secretary for a while, around the time that he married Jan, and later served on the National Executive. I was so proud when he was elected as a Labour councillor. Ray made his mark on the world. He played his part in Salford's labour history and will always be remembered.
I knew Ray for many years through UNISON. He was a principled trade unionist and had a great sense of humour. R.I.P my friend.
Ray - a fine comrade who left this world far too soon. Condolences to those whose lives he touched.
Rest in Peace Ray
May our Lord Jesus comfort the all family during this difficult time. Peace be with you all. With love from Julia ( unison Swinton branch)
I would like to extend my condolences to Ray's Family
And my appreciation to Ray for his help and advice during my time of needs
My thoughts and prayers are with Ray's family, friends and all our colleagues. Ray will be missed by all who knew him. X
Rest in peace x
It was with great sadness that we learnt about the death of our comrade Ray Walker. Ray was a passionate Salfordian and a genuine and modest man. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Maureen and David Jolley
My deepest condolences to all for your profound loss
Condolences to all Rays family and friends.
A few years ago Ray helped with a campaign event to get Man City and Man United to pay all their cleaning, security and catering staff a living wage. This week united announced all the staff including casuals and contractors will be paid no less than pounds 10 an hour. Made me think of Ray snd all the struggles and campaigns he supported. RIP Ray
Salford has lost a lovely man who did what he could for everyone.
Good night and God bless.
Ray was a kind and supportive colleague, and a lovely friend. You're already very much missed, Ray. My condolences to all his family and friends.
My heartfelt thoughts are with Rays family and friends at this sad time. As a proud socialist and trade unionist, Ray was always there to support those in need. He will be greatly missed.
Councillor Gina Reynolds
My thoughts and condolences go out to Ray's family. He was a valued member who will be missed....RIP Ray
Ray was a great friend to local charity Salford Loaves and Fishes. As our MP's case worker Ray worked very hard to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens in Salford had their issues addressed. Ray was assiduous in ensuring that our neighbours in trouble were assisted and frequently went 'the extra mile' to help them.
Ray was particularly adept at explaining complex bureaucratic responses in clear language that people could understand and consequently allay people's fears and anxieties. He made people feel that they were being heard and made it his business to advocate on their behalf. We will miss your support and good humour!
Rest in Peace Ray, I will remember you as a warm and friendly man, full of integrity and a great trade unionist.
Rest easy Ray, your duty is done. My thoughts are with the Walker family.
Dedicated his life fighting for the working class a true socialist.