THE family of a man who died following a collision on the M42 on Saturday 19 August has said he “will be missed by family, friends, neighbours and members of the community”.
Raymond ‘Ray’ Goode, aged 84, who lived in both Coventry and Altea, Spain, died following the collision. A Peugeot 307 was in collision with the Vauxhall Agila in which Mr Goode was travelling.
The incident occurred at around 8.50pm on the southbound carriageway near to junction 10 for Tamworth (Moto Services).
Ray’s wife Jane was injured in the collision and continues to recover in hospital.
A family statement said: “Ray was born in Coventry where he spent his early life before joining the army and serving in Egypt and Korea. He was an engineer at Unbrako for many years and represented the company in Japan in 1970 where he spent six months working.
“Ray later moved to Atherstone where he and Jane ran a local hairdressing business, ‘New Images’, and were very much part of the local community.
“Ray and Jane retired to Spain in 2005 where they became a part of the local community and spent time travelling the world having recently retraced his footsteps in Japan.
“Ray was a keen photographer of wildlife and had made numerous visits to Kruger Park in South Africa.
“Ray was a wonderful, loving and caring husband. He will be missed by his family, friends, neighbours and members of the community.
“The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words.”
A 36-year-old man from Birmingham arrested following the incident on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving has been released under investigation.
Police are continuing to investigate and appeal for witnesses or anyone else with information to call 101 quoting incident 441 of 19 August 2017. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Tamworth Informed would like to pass on our thoughts to the Ray Goode’s family and friends.