WARM tributes have been paid to a well-known Filey businessman who has died at the age of 63.
Richard Wray, who set up and ran Wray's stationers in Belle Vue Street, was highly thought of by all who knew him and was very close to his brother John, who ran another branch of the shop in Scarborough.
John Wray, who retired two years ago, said it had been a "tremendous shock" to hear of his younger brother's death last Saturday. He had not been ill.
The family business was launched in Scarborough in the 1930s by the brothers' grandfather George Wray, who went on to buy other properties in the town.
Like John, Richard joined the family business and worked in the Scarborough shop from about 1966.
When the former WH Smiths in Filey came up for sale 10 years later, the brothers bought it and decided Richard would manage it, while John concentrated on the Scarborough side of the business.
The Filey shop is a quality stationers specialising in books, art materials, toys and general stationery together with newspapers and magazines. The Wray family no longer run the Scarborough store, which is in North Marine Road.
Mr Wray said: "Richard was very highly thought of around Filey. He was such a gentleman.
"His hobby was music – he loved listening to all sorts of music, including classical, to relax.
"He worked very hard. He was very conscientious and always considered everyone. He respected his customers as much as they respected him."
Marjorie Mason, of Filey, who worked in the shop for about 10 years, said: "He was an absolutely fantastic boss and a very kind person.
"If he was asked about local charities, like the RNLI and the flower festival, he always supported them, and he was a really caring person.
"I saw him in the shop on the Friday and it's hard to believe he won't be there any more. He'll be greatly missed."
A private man, Richard was a bachelor who did not leave any children.
A funeral service was held yesterday at St Laurence's Church in Scalby.