GARTH Anthony Raymer, a retired Evesham chartered accountant and prominent member of numerous local organisations, has died at the age of 72.

Garth had lived at Wick, near Pershore, for nearly 30 years, enjoying village life and actively participating in many of the clubs in Wick.

Born in Birmingham, he spent much of his early life in Hampton attending both Evesham County Secondary School and Prince Henry’s Grammar School. He with his brothers sang in Hampton church choir.

On leaving school he went to Birmingham to be articled in an accountancy firm and returned to Evesham on qualification to join his father’s practice of which he became a partner in Avon Street. He later became a partner of Clement Rabjohns of Evesham.

Over the years he found time to be a committed member of numerous societies and organisations including Evesham Round Table, Bredon Hill Rotary Club, Vale of Evesham Historical Society and Rooftop Housing. He was also an active member of Mid Worcestershire Lib Dems.

He was a keen member and treasurer of Worcestershire Archaeological Society and on retirement completed a degree in archaeology. Garth played rugby is his younger days and lately was a Worcester Warriors season ticket holder.

Garth died in Worcestershire Royal Hospital on June 26. He is survived by his wife, Lynne, and their three sons Martin, Peter and Michael.

A service of celebration for his life is being held at 2pm on Monday, July 9, at Pershore Abbey where he was at the time of his death its treasurer and a member of the Parochial Church Council.