Tributes have been paid to a third generation farmer who served his community for decades.
Moray Rash, 87, of Wortham, died suddenly in hospital on June 14.
He leaves wife Geraldine, children Felicity, Stephen and Katherine, and grandchildren Thomas, Emily, James and Pippa.
Son Stephen, running the family farm with the help of Mr Rash’s grandson Thomas, told the Diss Express: “He was a man who spent his life working hard, trying to help others, and did what he thought was his duty.
“He felt that he served his community well and he was proud to do it.”
Leaving home just before turning 17 to join the merchant navy, he returned to the area in 1952, first to farm at Taverham for four years with Geraldine, before taking over the family farm, started by grandfather John, and continued by father, Rowland, in 1956.
He married Geraldine in 1952 at Brome Church. The pair met in The Saracens Head in Diss in 1948, and celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in 2012 with a champagne tea party for family and friends at their home.
The couple used to be keen sailors, and Mr Rash was also into sports car racing, being one of the first to drive on the Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, which he helped to open in 1952.
He was involved heavily in his local community - at one time sitting on 18 committees - many involving farming and local government - while he served as Suffolk National Farmers Union county chairman from 1973 to 1974, and had a long association with the NFU branch in Eye.
He was also the third generation of the Rash family to become chairman of the Wortham and Burgate Parish Council. His son, Stephen, is the current chairman.
Mr Rash made substantial contributions in the village - at one time paying for the refurbishment of the war memorial, contributing to the sports pavilion, serving as a school governor, and giving land at Wortham Ling for affordable housing.
His funeral will be held at Wortham Church on Monday, July 7 at noon. Family flowers only, but donations given in memory to Mr Rash for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) and Help the Heroes may be sent c/o Rosedale Funeral Home, 63 Victoria Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JE
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