THE children of Prees businessman Ray Grocott have led the tributes to the former Grocontinental owner after his death this week aged 89.

A successful businessman and philanthropist, Ray was also a regular face in Whitchurch High Street, support small causes as well as building homes and a medical centre, among many projects.

Daughter Linda Grocott, who also worked with her father with brother David, said she will remember a man who inspired and supported them throughout their lives.

She said: “Dad will be remembered for the success he achieved in his working life, but we know that he will also be remembered for the support he gave to others through his kindness and generosity.

“Dad never saw barriers in life, just a clear way forward to get the job done, no matter what it was. He was intelligent, positive and always wanted to give people an opportunity and a chance in life.

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“He touched the lives of so many people worldwide and was proud to support the staff we employed over the years at Grocontinental. In his own words, ‘it’s all about people’.

“He loved life and having lost his own parents so young, always made sure he lived life to the full.

“He had a special connection with young people to whom he always spoke honestly and openly.

Whitchurch Herald: Ray Grocott at his beloved Prees sports ground. Ray Grocott at his beloved Prees sports ground. (Image: Grocott Family.)

“Having shared an office with him for 36 years, I can honestly say he was an inspiring boss and, most of all, a supportive and loving husband and family man.”

Ray is survived by his children Ruth, David and Linda, son-in-law Hugues, daughter-in-law Kirsty, Linda’s partner Robin and grandchildren, Louis, Charlie, Alfie, Honor, Minnie, Mia and Natasha.

A Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate Ray’s life will be held on Saturday, October 14 at St Chad’s, Prees at 1.30pm.

Peggy Mullock, friend and Shropshire councillor, also paid tribute to Ray.

She said: “He has been a good to friend to many in Whitchurch and he was a big supporter of the Friday coffee morning in the Civic Centre, regardless of which cause was having money raised for it.

“Ray was a very kind and generous man who will be missed by so many people.

“It would have meant the world to him that he got to see the opening of his exhibition that showcased all the vehicles from his working life.

“People in this town may not think that they are linked to Ray but all the work and support for projects have helped so many.”

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Whitchurch town mayor Councillor Andy Hall added: “It is with great sadness that we have heard of the recent death of Ray Grocott.

“We pay tribute to Ray's achievements in business, and beyond, including the support given to so many local causes by the Grocott Family Charitable Trust.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends – he will certainly be missed.

“He was a true ambassador for our town.”