Gladesville identity Ray Merchant celebrated his 90th birthday on December 9 with family and friends at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club.
Ray moved to Gladesville in 1952 when he married long-term resident Margaret Cullen (deceased). The couple raised four children – Cathy, Stephen, Anthony (deceased) and Greg – in their home at Morrison Road before moving elsewhere in the district.
Ray now alternates living in his unit at Top Ryde with regular cruising trips overseas.
He celebrated with some of his cruising mates, his former colleagues from PMG/Telecom (where Ray spent most of his working life), friends and family including his six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.