It is with a very sad heart that I inform you of the death of our friend Ray Hanson (Saudi Aramco Retiree badge number 068181).
Ray passed away peacefully in his sleep at home after a battle with cancer surrounded by those whom he referred to as his true family, Richard and Siw Evans.
Ray will be remembered by many whom he helped by organizing the provision of catering for so many employees private social occasions in both Yanbu and Rabigh Saudi Arabia.
Ray's catering skills for both Saudi Royalty together with that for the most senior Saudi Aramco executives was renowned and second to none.
Ray will be sadly missed by those who really knew him.
Ray will be cremated at Aberystwyth Crematorium on Tuesday 30 April at 1000hrs. His wish was a simple exit with him alone present – no service. Siw and Richard Evans will accompany the coffin to the Crematorium.
He will go out in his Ray Hanson Red Ferrari Racing overalls, gloves, cap and racing shoes. His love of racing carried above all his Braveheart sentiments.
Flower of Scotland by the Corries will be played in the background.
This will be the final tribute to a great friend.
~Arvid Koris, Saudi Aramco Retiree Badge 166526.
Around the Corner
by Charles Hanson Towne
Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.
And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow," I say! "I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner, yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.