Ray Jackson : VP Sales / Regional Manager Africa
Sadly we learn that sadly Ray, who was 83, passed away on Sunday 19th June 2022 after suffering a fall at home. My sincere condolences go out to his wife Pat, his family, friends and former colleagues.
Malcolm McCluskey passed on the sad news and he is in contact with Pat, Ray's wife.
Ray had a long career starting with Caledonian Airways where he was a VP in Sales for the USA. Then appointment to Sales posts in London before heading to Africa where he took up positions as various Regional Managers.
The photo, from Rohan Alce, shows Ray working away in Caledonian's Manhattan office in New York in the 1960's
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From Richard Heywood
Ray was such a lovely man, a stalwart Scot with an ever ready smile. My condolences to Pat and the family. Fly high Ray.
From Alan Reeves: A legend, RIP Ray
From Rohan Alce
Such sad news. I worked closely with Ray at Caledonian and in the early days of BCal. A great guy and a real character. His overseas postings included New York for a couple of years in the late 60s as well as Zambia. RIP Ray. A good friend from the days when aviation was fun.
From Pippa Barrett: What a shame, a lovely man
From Christina Selmes: What sad news. Ray was a lovely man. Sincere condolences to his family and friends. RIP Ray.
From Sally Simmonds: Very sorry to hear. RIP, Ray.
From Tony Cocklin
This is very sad. I knew Ray and his wife Pat very well. He was a true Caledonian/BCAL stalwart both in the UK and the US when he managed Caledonian's New York office.
From Jim Will: Sad news. R I P Ray.
From Caron Phillips: RIP and my sincere condolences to his family and friends
From Dick Holder
Such very sad news, Ray was such a great character, colleague and friend always put a smile on ones face. A lovely lovely gentleman. Our deepest sympathies go to Pat and all the family. RIP HONKY TONKS
From Kerry Coles: R.I.P Ray
From Beryl Mason:
Pat sincere condolences to you and your family from Carl and I. He has many happy memories of staying with you in Zambia and me doing publicity with him. A great guy who will be sadly missed. Fly high Ray.
From Mike Booth
Such sad news. He was my boss and my mate. His wife, Pat, and Ray accommodated me and Frances before we bought our first house, he still had the Chevy then. A very big hearted bloke with a sense of humour. Another big character leaves the stage. RIP mate.
From Roger Warren: RIP Ray
From Keith Haynes: My first boss in London sales! Great man
From Sue Jackson-Page: I remember him well. Condolences to his family. RIP Ray
From Kris Massie: So sad, we met him in Kitwe, my condolences to Pat, the family, his friends and his colleagues xx
From Nick Washington-Jones
Ray was such an amazing man. He motivated me to get into sales and got me my first interview with BCAL back in 1978. Such an amazing and kind man. My condolences to Pat. RIP Ray
From Walter Riggans
I first met Ray at Prestwick in the mid '60s in Caledonian days. He and Pat both eventually settled down in Ayr which had also been my home town. They were a lovely couple and Ray will be greatly missed. Thelma and my thoughts and sympathies are with Pat and the family. RIP Ray.
From Janet Willis: Rest well
From Trevor Warburton: A good man…sent interesting things around. Very sad.
From Maureen Aris: Sorry to hear of Ray's passing. Condolences to the family.
From Jenny Holland: RIP Ray. Condolences to all your family
From David Hicks: Such sad news. R.I.P. Ray.
From Gillian Hawkes
It was through visiting my sister Pat & Ray in New York that got me ‘hooked’ into the airline industry. I’ve got a lot to thank Ray for and I’m going to miss him terribly. Fly high my dear Raymondo
From Audrey E. Bateman
So, so sorry to hear the sad news about Ray. He was a lovely man with a great sense of humour. My condolences to Pat.
From Christine Ritchie: Ian and I are very sad to hear this news. We send our condolences to Pat
From George Banks: So sorry. I knew Ray along time ago. RIP Ray
From Lindsay Biggin: So sorry to hear this news. RIP Ray. Condolences to Pat.
From Graham Waters: R.I.P.
From David Williams
I loved working with this man He had a heart of gold and the best of what BCAL was all about !!! Before I came to America we worked together in London. We had many fun, great times. I will also miss our Facebook chats and photos. Condolences to Pat and your family You will be sadly missed RIP my friend
From Fee Flee: I am so sorry Fly Free Ray
From Sally Ann Beischer: Very, very sorry to hear this news. Ray was always great fun. My condolences to Pat.
From Frank Skilbeck
Sad news. Condolences to Ray's family. Great photos; great memories are great blessings. RIP Ray.
From John Morgan
Ray always seemed to have time to speak to you. I didn't know him socially but he was always the "gentleman" and very Scottish. RIP my friend and please accept my condolences for his wife and family.
From Neil Steffen
I followed Ray into Zambia in 1989 and Graham Broadbridge lived for many years near us in Ditchling. True overseas icons for BCAL who left positive legacies where they served
From Jeff Youtan
Just learnt the very sad news about Ray. He was a really good mate and we worked closely together both in BCal and then at Travellers' Friend in Horsham. My love and deep condolences to Pat and all Ray's family. He was a great character and will be sorely missed.
From Lynne Le Maitre
So sorry to hear this sad news. Ray was such a lovely person and always cheerful and happy. Condolences to his wife and family.
From Paul Fogg
Sad news.. Ray was a huge part of the BCAL family...remember how supportive he was of the sales blitz we as cabin crew did in London....RIP Ray....
From Jane Forrest
Very sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. It was great having the sales team based at CLAT in the 70’s. Did some promo work too with Ray & his colleagues. Lovely to work with!!
From Davina Janman: Very sad news - very kind man
From Laurie Evans
Ray was my first manager when I started in sales. Learnt a lot from a very supportive, humorous & knowledgeable canny Scot. Fondly remembered by many colleagues. RIP Ray.
From David Manton
Sincere condolences to Pat. So glad I got to speak to Ray on the phone when we were in Scotland last Xmas. He sounded the same as ever.
From Chris Gilbert
Ray Jackson was an immense character in the Sales Division of Caledonian and BCAL. He was always laughing and his spirit bounced off all his colleagues in every role he had in the airline. Whether in New York, London or Lusaka he was a joy to be with. When he and Gordon Mason were both working together in the Terrapin buildings at Gatwick it was like a Morecambe and Wise show. He was also well liked by all the agents and operators who knew him and Ray enjoyed great loyalty from his staff in every area he worked. In so many ways Ray epitomised the spirit of BCAL. Long may he be remembered. RIP Ray.
From Richard Bristow
Devastated to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a lovely man, a real professional with a great sense of humour. A friend to everyone and an enemy of no one. My sincerest condolences to all his family and friends. Burns night will never be the same!
From David Cooper
Ray was a good friend. We worked together in London for a couple of years and then both overseas. Always happy and ready for a bit of humour. RIP Ray
From Simon Rickard
Had fun times with Ray, when he was working in London, and Zambia. My condolences to Pat from Janet and I.
If you would like to leave a message in remembrance please drop me a line anytime at BCalatribute@outlook.com
Condolences have been extended by:
Dave Thaxter, Jim Will, Sue Jackson-Page, Jude Dickinson, John Morgan, Dudley Rice, Frances Taylor, Biddi Geoghegan, Kris Massie, Tina Harvey, Lindsay Smith, Peter Durran, Dave Surry, Janet Willis, Terry de la Haye, Derek Russell, Susie Douglas-Smith, Martin Leach, Liz Rogers, Julie Green, Ken Brown, Fee Flee, Graham Waters, Lucinda Ritchie, Christine Ritchie, Nick Washington-Jones, Christine Jegu, Lesley Peacock, Vanessa Holland, Caron Phillips, Richard Friend, Julie Hourigan, Pat Cresswell, David Groom, Sylvia Murphy, Phil Baker,
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