Ray Keith SKENE


Ray Keith SKENE

aka  Blossom
( Formerly of Wollongong / Figtree, North Nowra & recently The Bahamas, Caribbean )

New South Wales Police Force

Regd. #   ?


Stations?, Nowra GD’s & Nowra BAS, Wollongong Licencing – Resigned around 1981

ServiceFrom  ? ? ?  to  ? ? about 1981? = ? years Service

AwardsNational medal – granted 15 April 1981


Died on:  Monday  20 June 2016

Cause:  Illness of some type

Age:  69

Funeral date 1:   Saturday  2 July 2016

Funeral location 1:  Memorial Service was held at Freeport, Grand Bahama

Funeral date 2:   Monday  11 July 2016 @ 10am

Funeral location 2:  Memorial Service – Uniting Church, cnr Junction & Berry St, Nowra

followed by a gathering at the Nowra Bowling Club

Buried at?TBA

 Memorial at?













[alert_yellow]RAY is NOT mentioned on the Police Wall of Remembrance[/alert_yellow]  *NEED MORE INFO



 Funeral location ?TBA





Ray loved his work at Nowra and Wollongong but it was unfortunately curtailed after he developed Type 1 Diabetes stemming from a virus infection.

Once Ray resigned from NSWPF around 1981, he became the Publican at the Dapto Hotel for nearly 10 years.  He and his wife, Chris, also owned Granny Mae’s Store in Wollongong.

He enjoyed his football, his bowls at Nowra and was a real practical joker.


SKENE, Ray Keith
Passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the Bahamas on 20.06.16 aged 69. Formerly of Wollongong and North Nowra Survived by Loving wife Christine, Children Kim & Peter and their partners and grandchildren and Brother Arthur. Sadly missed by all

Published by Illawarra Mercury on June 22, 2016

June 27, 2016
So sad to read of Ray’s passing, I have great memories of him as our Nowra Warriors footy coach as a kid and playing cricket with him at the ex-servos, a truly lovely bloke and my thoughts are with his family, RIP Ray.
Alan Booth, Nowra and now UK
June 25, 2016
Very sad at losing such a dear friend. We will treasure our memories of all the great times and many laughs we shared with Ray and his beloved family. A wonderful best mate. We will keep him in our hearts forever. Peter, Annemarie and family
June 24, 2016
So shocked and sorry to hear about Ray’s passing. Such a nice person and known Ray and family since his Dapto days.
Condolences to Chris, Kim and Peter.
From Carol, Ken, Brett Townsend and family.
June 23, 2016

Dear Chris & Family

So sad to hear about the passing of Ray. Yvonne and myself have fond memories of Ray both from Nowra and Dapto.

Bob & Yvonne Preo

June 23, 2016
Hi Chris
Long time since we have been in contact. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ray, who was one of the nicest blokes you could wish to meet and we express our sincere and deepest sympathy to your and your family and Arthur.
Barry and Wendy Preo,
Helensvale, Queensland
June 23, 2016

To Christine & Family, sorry to hear of the passing of Ray. I hold many fond memories of Ray at Nowra. My condolences to you all.

Guy Smith

June 22, 2016

I later encountered Ray again after I moved to 2 Double O in Wollongong – last saw him at the Dapto hotel …he was still the same Ray I’d met in Nowra

Alan Hubbard

June 22, 2016
So sad to hear of the passing of Ray condolences to you all
Sharon Boyd
June 22, 2016

May you forever Rest In Peace.

Ray Keith SKENE

June 22, 2016
To Christine and family
So sad to learn of the passing of my work mate and good friend. He was a joy to be around and I have many fond memories. Thinking of all of you at this sad time.
John and Judith Crowley
June 22, 2016
Dear Chris and family, I’m so very sad to hear about Ray’s passing, he was one of the nicest blokes I have ever meet. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
Love Nancy
James Adams

I was fortunate to have known and worked with Ray at Wollongong. He was a wonderful person aka blossom.
Chris, to you and your family, Lorraine and I extend our sincere sympathy.
We know what a great partner you were to Ray and the love that Ray had for his children and grandchildren. It is close to 5 years since we last saw you at a 75th birthday but it was a great catchup. Sorry that we are unable to attend the funeral service on Monday but we will be with you all in our prayers.
Could you please provide a contact address and or phone number.
Love Jim and Lorraine Adams , Tuncurry NSW
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