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.