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Award-winning photographer Ray Clayton dies at 69

December 29, 2011

NORTH KINGSTOWN – Ray Clayton, 69, an icon in the world of local news photography who mentored and inspired a generation of youngsters in the newspaper business, has died.

Clayton, who retired in 2008 after 32 years with Southern Rhode Island Newspapers – only to return almost immediately as a regular freelance contributor — lost a brief battle with lung cancer just after midnight on Christmas Day.

He was uniformly known as someone who didn’t dispassionately snap photos and run but, rather, was deeply committed to his community and those who live here. He was also widely described as one of the nicest guys you could find anywhere.

For more on the story, check out the Dec. 29 edition of the East Greenwich Pendulum.

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December 30, 2011 by ppem45, 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 184

I met Ray in the late 70's when he did an article on my bakery in Peacedale RI. He was very professional and one great guy, he will be missed by many. Goodbye old friend!

Great photographer - great guy!

December 29, 2011 by DavePlaziak, 3 years 47 weeks ago
Comment: 183

Sorry to hear the news about Ray. He was a great photographer to work with. He will be missed by many.


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