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RIP Ray Barry (1968-2021)

One of the club's most popular and respected matchday staff members has passed away suddenly at the age of 53.

14 January 2022

Gills former Deputy Safety Officer, Ray Barry, has sadly died.

The club is absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of long-term matchday security executive, and deputy safety officer, Ray Barry.

Ray, who was 53, collapsed while performing security duties at the Alexandra Palace on December 17 and, despite the best efforts of colleagues on site, sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Ray had been a popular member of the stewarding team at MEMS Priestfield Stadium since 1991 and was well known by the supporters and management personnel. He was one of the club's longest serving matchday employees and will be hugely missed by everybody.

Head of Safety, Gary Newman, said: "This has come as a huge shock to all of us, and the whole team remain absolutely devastated. Ray was not only an exemplary member of the team, but also one of the most genuine, hardworking and reliable people you will ever meet.

"He was a top person, and I am proud to have not only worked with him, but to also call him my friend."

Chairman Paul Scally added: "I was devastated to learn of Ray's passing. He had been working for the club long before I took over as Chairman and has been part of our family for over 30 years. His contribution to this club will not be forgotten; he was a very special person and he will be very much missed by everyone at Gillingham FC."

He leaves behind his wife, Emma, two sons, and two grandchildren.

The thoughts of everyone at Gillingham Football Club are with his friends, family and loved ones at this very difficult time. A minute's applause will be held prior to kick-off against Burton Albion on Saturday January 15.

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