Tribute paid to popular boss

Ray Flynn
Ray Flynn

AN Astley man who was managing director of a major wine and beer importer has died at the age of 47.

Ray Flynn was MD of the Morgenrot company established in 1970 by Rudi Plath in Bolton, primarily operating as a provider of exclusive German wine.

Mr Flynn, who had a son and a daughter – Helene and Daniel – died after a courageous battle against cancer.

Much loved and respected both within the company and in the trade as a whole, Ray was diagnosed in March this year, forcing him to take a backward step from the company in order to start the treatment.

Typical of the man, Ray stayed positive and continued to battle the illness with all his determination but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and he sadly died on Saturday, August 27, aged just 47.

Mr Plath said: “Ray was more than a colleague; he was a true and close personal friend who will be missed by everyone he came into contact with. He was a credit to himself, our company and the industry as a whole and my thoughts go out to his children, fiancee and family at this difficult time.”

In his nine years as MD, Ray not only doubled the company’s turnover from £2.5m to £5m (year ending April 2011) but was instrumental in forging links with prestigious companies such as Tesco, Matthew Clark, Waverley TBS, Booths, Fullers and Lanchester Wines. Morgenrot changed from being a regional player to a UK wide, brand building distributor.

The funeral ceremony was held on Monday at Astley and Tyldesley Methodist Church, Elliott Street, Tyldesley.