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Shoreham pub landlord who died in tragic accident will be 'sorely missed'
A pub landlord tripped and broke his neck in a tragic accident while putting a box of wine away.
Ray Bray, who co-ran the Marlipins in Shoreham with his wife Jacki Bray and used to be Sussex and Surrey regional director of CAMRA, died in Worthing General Hospital on Monday after the accident on Sunday evening.
He also suffered a heart attack but if it contributed to the trip, or was triggered by the trip, is unknown.
Yesterday Mrs Bray, 56, paid tribute to her husband of 29 years who has been described as “part of Shoreham’s soul” by local residents.
‘Sense of humour’ She admitted he had probably had “a little bit to drink” when he tripped, adding the incident was “a dreadful accident”.
She said: “He was putting out a box of wine and tripped down three steps.
“He bashed his head.
“It was his own wine [he was putting away]… he liked his red wine.
“But being Ray he didn’t break a bottle. He would’ve been pleased with that.”
She described Mr Bray, 67, as “good fun” and “incredibly generous”.
She said: “He suffered from diabetes and was in semi-retirement.
“He was always in the pub though, cracking some joke.
“He had a warped sense of humour and we were great companions. We loved our cruises.
“Ray was very generous. If it was his last one – he would give you it.”
Mr Bray was working as a plumber and Mrs Bray as a catering manager when they met.
He had three children, Amanda, Gareth and Gemma, and Mrs Bray said she loved them like they were her own children.
On a Facebook page dedicated to Shoreham a number of people have paid tribute to Mr Bray, who will have an inquest opened into his tragic death tomorrow.
Hillary Cunningham said he was “such a nice man”.
Shaun Stideford, describing him as a “legend”, said: “Shoreham has lost a great man.”
David Moger described him as “a gentleman” and Barry Render said “Ray will be sorely missed”.
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