We were shocked and saddened to learn of the Death of Ray Hooper, early on Tuesday 31st December aged 72 years.
Whilst Ray had only been a member of our Society for about 3 years – we became used to seeing Ray and his lovely wife Susan at our Monthly Meetings.
I am sure many of you remember them sitting quietly and enjoying our talks.
Ray was even more familiar to us at our Control Tower Museum. He first got involved with the Museum when planning for the big MH100 (Martlesham Heath) Centenary Event in 2017 started.
He was one of those people who must have had a massive address book – he knew lots of useful people everywhere. Following his retirement from a long career with BT he got heavily involved with The Bawdsey Radar Museum, mentored young Engineers, and got involved with some of the Business “Start Ups” at BT Adastral Park. His involvement with the MH100 Event cemented his links with The University of Suffolk, and some of the Staff and Consultants there.
Unsurprisingly he was very good technically – and it was pretty much due to him, with his contacts, that the large interactive display in the Church at the MH100 Event took place.
Following this, when we saw what was possible, he led the way for the installation and operation of the 2 Raspberry Pi Interactive Screen displays in the Control Tower Museum. He also built bridges between us and Ipswich MakerSpace Group – (a group of enthusiasts using very modern technology like 3D printers and laser cutting tools). We have started to use their products around the Museum.
We, like many others across the Heath, will really miss Ray – His enthusiasm, help, technical expertise, and sense of humour will not be forgotten.
The following notice has been submitted by Ray’s son Martin Hooper.
The Hooper family are sad to announce the passing of Raymond Charles Hooper
beloved husband of Sue, father of Martin, Graham and Paul, and grandfather, on 31st December 2019 aged 72 years
Funeral service to be held at Seven Hills Crematorium, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich IP10 0FG, on Monday 27th January at 9:45am
Followed by a Celebration of Life at Seckford Hall, Great Bealings, Woodbridge IP13 6NU
No flowers please but donations, if desired, to Martlesham Community Responders, c/o East of England Co-Op Funeral Services, 26 Quayside, Woodbridge IP12 1BH. Tel: 01394 385456