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Pub landlord Ray Singleton dies aged 70
FRIENDS and family of a popular York landlord packed York Crematorium to pay their final respects to a man dedicated to the pub trade.
Ray Singleton, who ran pubs throughout York for most his life, died on September 14 at the age of 70, following a battle with cancer.
More than 200 mourners turned up for his funeral on Thursday. Ray’s widow Gill, 69, and son Sean, 52, have both spoken of the man for whom perfection was everything.
Raised in the South Bank area of York, Mr Singleton was a pupil of Knavesmire and Manor schools. After a short spell as a roofer, he joined other family members working in the York taxi trade and stayed in the job for 12 years.
Upon leaving the taxi business in the early 1980s, Mr Singleton and his wife took on his first pub, the Blacksmiths Arms in Naburn. After learning the ropes, the couple took on The White Horse in Poppleton, which Mrs Singleton said they had transformed.
She said: “On a Friday and Saturday night, we would have six people behind the bar because it was so busy. He loved it. He was 100 per cent committed to his pub; he loved it. He will be remembered for good food and good ale.”
Sean said: “Everything had to be just so. Even the beer mats had to be perfectly in place. He loved his darts and dominoes too and was passionate about them in all his pubs.”
After seven years in Poppleton, Ray and Gill took on the Cross Keys at Dunnington where they spent another successful seven years. However, it was here that he was first diagnosed with cancer and he retired to concentrate on his recovery.
In 2012, after being given the all clear, he came out of retirement to help son Sean, who had taken on The White Horse in Poppleton.
However the cancer returned this year and Mr Singleton passed away in York hospital.
A collection following his funeral raised about £800 which will be divided equally between York Against Cancer and the RSPCA. He leaves his widow, children Sean and Melanie and three grandchildren.
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