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John Raylor

John Malcolm Raylor 

31.viii.1933-11.ii.2021 

Born in 1933 to Harry and Ella Raylor, John attended Nunthorpe Grammar School and then St Peter’s School, where he excelled in multiple sports, first captaining the Colts in rugby, and then playing on the first XI at hockey and the first XV at rugby, and serving in the C.C.F. as Drum Major.

After National Service, he joined the family business (H. B. Raylor & Co. Ltd.), rising to a directorship, which he held until 2017.

Outside the business, John’s passions were sport, community, and service.

A true son of York, he served for two decades as non-executive director of York Waterworks (1979-1999) and in 1995-1996 as Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers. But John’s greatest love was freemasonry. After initiation into the Old Peterite Lodge in 1961 he was entered multiple lodges and orders, rising to the top of several. His period as Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, North and East Riding (1991-1995) is still regarded as a crucial one for the province. Though John was a mason to his core, he always had time for friends and family, who will remember him as a gracious host, a convivial companion, a consummate gentleman.