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Ray Davies 1930-2015

by Teresa Goss, Cardiff SWP
Issue No. 2454

Ray Davies, from Llanbradach, South Wales, died on 7 May aged 85. He was a passionate working class fighter, socialist and campaigner throughout his life.

He left school aged 13 to become a miner, and later worked at the Llanwern Steel Works. Ray was a left-wing Labour Party member for 60 years and on Caerphilly council for over 50 years.

Ray was involved in many left wing causes and always fought for the working class.

He was a member of CND and was at Greenham Common. He helped to set up the South Wales Committee to Stop the War and chaired this for three years. In 2013 he chained himself outside Faslane Naval Base to protest against Trident nuclear weapons.

An active member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign Ray was once shot escorting ambulances into a Palestine refugee camp. He campaigned against apartheid South Africa, was a founding member of the Anti Nazi League and later United Against Fascism.

During the 1984-85 Miners’ Strike he left his council duties to work tirelessly for the Rhymney Valley Miners’ Support Group. He loved singing and sang in Cor Cochion (Cardiff Reds Choir).

There was rarely a demonstration, local or national, that he did not attend.

He will be sadly missed. There will be a memorial meeting in Cardiff at the Temple of Peace on 4 July.

Our thoughts go to his wife, Wendy, and children Steve, David, Rachel, Carwyn and Tad. His son, Mark, a SWP member, predeceased him by 4 months. RIP

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Tue 19 May 2015, 16:20 BST
Issue No. 2454
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