Unlike many posters, I was fortunate enough to have known Ray quite well as we did a lot of work together on our joint projects. As a child he lived for a while a couple of doors away from my grandparent's house in Horace St. He went to Knowsley Road school like I did although around 7 years later. However I first got to know him well when he was looking for a publisher for The Petition and I introduced him to the Parrswood Press, who were also my publisher.
On one occasion in 2002 we even did a joint book signing session in WH Smith in St Helens sat at tables opposite each other, with me signing copies of "One Spring" and him "The Petition". We also worked together for a while on early drafts of "Rugby League In Its Own Words". After a while though it became clear that it wasn't going to be successful as a joint venture between me and him so we went our seperate ways but never fell out and still helped each other and remained good friends for the rest of his life.
Rugby League has produced some great characters and he was certainly one of them. I was pleased to have known him and have worked with him. And if there is a place called Heaven, then he will be in his element now with all the old Saints who are already up there.