Ray Green
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 15, 1938
  • Place of birth:
    London, United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Jul 10, 2010
  • Place of passing:
    London, United Kingdom
Let the memory of Ray and his life be with us forever

On Saturday the 10th July, Ray Green, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Jubilee Market Hall, sadly passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family.  He had made a valiant fight against pancreatic cancer for nearly a year, which he fought so bravely with dignity and courage. From diagnosis he was always cheerful, positive and strong and was determined to fight the disease.  

He made the Jubilee Market unique when he devised a scheme whereby all the market traders were invited by him to assist in fund raising for the market, and were then made shareholders in the Company with a lease on their own particular plot in the market for 125 years.

After his fight to save the Covent Garden market when the then GLC had decided to demolish it, he went on to form the Company which he headed until the day he died.  Such was his success that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II came to the market to open it in 1984.  Subsequently he was extremely proud to have a coat of arms awarded to the market by the Royal College of Arms.

He was instrumental in helping the Royal Opera House to raise the funds to rebuild it, and became known by many of the various bodies in the Covent Garden area as “Mr Covent Garden.”  He was a leading Freemason and chaired many of the governing associations in Westminster.  

To say he will be missed by thousands is an understatement, and there is a facility on this site, for anyone who knew him to theoretically “light a candle” by sending in such anecdotes as he will be remembered by.
His family feel it would be an appropriate gesture for a charity to be set up in Ray's name to support research into pancreatic cancer.  As and when this is formed, details will be published on the Jubilee Market website.

Please leave a personal message and upload any images, stories or memories you have of Ray.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by amanda green on 11th July 2016

"Six years today since you left us.  Every day I wish if only I could have you back, for a little while, so we could sit and have that one last chat.  Dad I miss you so very much"

This tribute was added by David Davenport on 11th July 2016

"Hard to believe 6 years have passed. Still missed."

This tribute was added by Peter Scutt on 10th July 2016

"Another year on, yet so many things still bring back such strong memories of Ray.
RIP Brother."

This tribute was added by David Davenport on 10th July 2015

"Hard to believe that 5 years have passed.Lost a good friend in Ray."

This tribute was added by Jean Robson on 10th July 2015

"I boast of being a person who doesn't cry, but today, 5 years after the loss of such a wonderful person as Ray, I did shed a few tears. God threw away the mould when He made Ray.  There never was, never could be another like him.  He was a big hearted  friend to all. We miss you Ray."

This tribute was added by Peter Scutt on 19th April 2015

"Hard to believe it's almost been 5 years; his memory is still so clear.
Lunch the other day in Joy King Lau brought back memories of your oh so specific Chinese favourites."

This tribute was added by Jean Robson on 15th April 2015

"At the time of his passing, I said that  no one could ever fill his shoes.  How right I have proved to be.  Ray was a "one-off", and without him Jubilee is now only a shadow of the vibrant flourishing place he made for all the traders.  Shareholders and casuals alike.  God Bless you Ray. You never said "No" to anyone who asked for help if there was a possibility of you giving a helping hand.  There are dozens of us who must now say, "Without Ray Green, my life would never have been the happy success it has been""

This tribute was added by carol stevenson on 2nd October 2014

"I am a kiwi who lived in London for many years.  Whilst there I was Keith Hudson's secretary at Hudson Freeman Berg.  They were the solicitors who created the 125 year leases for Jubilee Market.  I saw a lot of Ray during the early years of the Market and was even there the day the Queen came to cut the ribbon!  Ray was such a lovely man - very dapper, and a true English gentleman, and I am so sorry to hear of his passing."

This tribute was added by Brian and Yvonne Bromley on 10th July 2014

"After working at Jubliee for a number of years, we retired in 1991.Even now, after all these years.we still have many happy memories of our time spent there. Needless to say, many of them were of Ray, who was a thoroughly kind and decent man."

This tribute was added by Peter Scutt on 22nd December 2013

"I miss my friend more than I thought I would."

This tribute was added by Jean Robson on 23rd August 2013

"I knew Ray for over 30 years.  He was a giant of a man, not physically, but spiritually. He had a  most wonderful, kind and  generous nature.  He never turned away anyone he could help, and gave his life for the market he loved so much. He was so proud that through his efforts he had ensured the livelihood of over 100 market traders. I cry when I  think we will never see him again."

This tribute was added by Louis Myers on 11th July 2013

"To those of us who knew, worked and laughted with Ray, for so many years, in our hearts he really is still with us, a memorial dinner some weeks ago, celebrating 75 years of a fellowship that many of us belong to, we remembered him, and held a short silence, afterwards, we whilst we dinned, so many stories were told of him, most of them very funny. Sleep peacefully old friend. I miss you."

This tribute was added by amanda green on 18th April 2013

"On 15th April 2013 my dad would have been 75 years old.  I think about you every single day and miss you terribly.  I hope they have good birthday celebrations up there - you know how you loved to party... especially post event with the Hoover!  Happy Birthday to you Dad.   Hope all is well in heaven.  Love you always and forever.  Mandy x"

This tribute was added by Louis Myers on 16th April 2013

"Happy birthday Ray. You are still with us, your precedes is allways felt by those of us who knew and loved you.
My sincere thoughts to his Wife and Daughters.
  Most respectfully. Lou  Myers."

This tribute was added by Suzanne Molava on 15th April 2013

"Ray was a loved, kind family man so endearing any time of day. He brightened both my day and working life at Jubilee. His invaluable respect, timings, wonderful communications for all fellow traders and customers. He helped all I recall,and paid incredible attention to making home from home at work,being the fuse of energy and excellence,will be missed always and on his day of remembrance."

This tribute was added by Louis Myers on 13th October 2012

"It was my privilege and honour to have beeen able to call this lovely man my friend, and to be considered one of his.
  I knew him for just over 25 years, and in that time he was instrumental in assisting me to join various important associations and events, he became part of my family"

This tribute was added by alan harding on 16th April 2012

"I was in Covent Garden yesterday and I swear the spirit of Ray was still   present in every nook and cranny of the market. He was so instrumental in its success. Happy birthday Ray you will never be forgotten"

This tribute was added by Sandra Shevey on 31st January 2012

"Nothing stopping them for buying up the Jubilee Market now...Green was the sole force being trader protectionism.  

I was pleased to know him years back and when beginning my walks celebrating London`s vanishing markets."

This tribute was added by Cyril Waterman on 28th October 2011

"The ship has losted its Captain........

This tribute was added by Yvonne McLaughlin on 22nd May 2011

"Ray was the kindest, most generous man, a privilege to know him and work with him. The world is sadder place without him, he leaves many legacies behind, but we all still had so much to learn from him. Certainly a life worth living."

This tribute was added by Gill Diaper on 16th May 2011

"I had never met Ray - but Covent Garden is an amazing tribute to his memory - by working relentlessly to save this historical market he has achieved a place in Covent Garden for ever."

This tribute was added by amanda green on 31st March 2011

"To my dad,
As time goes on, we miss you more and more.  
May I please urge people who visit this site to leave a tribute....

This tribute was added by alan harding on 17th December 2010

"I first met Ray in 1984 as a young salesman working for the camden new journal.I spoke with him regularly and to the end he remained a charming, friendly and always positive influence.
He will be really missed. God Bless you Ray."

This tribute was added by Tony Sherman on 7th September 2010

"over the 34 years,since the original inception of street market activities at the Jubilee,Ray always proved a good friend and honest broker, a human dynamo, yet caring and considerate to all. He earned and gave respect and I consider it an honour to have known him.
His passing leaves a void in the hearts of all those that he touched.
May his dear soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Brian and Yvonne Bromley on 14th August 2010

"Yvonne and I are proud to have known Ray for almost 30 years. He was a thoroughy decent honest man, who had an ear for everyone. Sincere condolences to his wife and family."

This tribute was added by David Davenport on 29th July 2010

"I knew Ray for 18 years. One of the most genuine people I have ever known.It was my privilege to have known him. He will be missed."

This tribute was added by Phil and Sue Reddy on 22nd July 2010

"Sue and I were both very saddened to hear of Ray s passing. Our heart felt condolences go out to his wife and children. Rest in peace my friend"

This tribute was added by Natasha Mullins on 22nd July 2010

"I knew Ray for a very short time, working on the Jubilee Market website. But in that time, I saw what a character he was, what drive he had and how much he was respected. Sadly missed."

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