LEGEND: Happy Davis of Brushgrove, taken at the Big River Campdraft in Grafton.
LEGEND: Happy Davis of Brushgrove, taken at the Big River Campdraft in Grafton. CONTRIBUTED

Lower Clarence in mourning after death of Ray 'Happy' Davis

THE Lower Clarence community is in mourning after the sudden death of a local legend.

Ray 'Happy' Davis, 68, died in a tragic horse-riding accident near Shark Creek on Saturday.

Daughter Endessa Shrader said the dairy, and later cane and cattle farmer, died doing what he loved.

"He grew up on the land his whole life and was a great father," she said.

"He was just a beautiful, honest person. He always said to me he had a good life, and if he died tomorrow he'd be happy."

The Brushgrove resident was also a dedicated committee member of the Maclean Show Society, to which he held a life membership.

Maclean Show Society president Brian Ferrie said he could talk for hours about Happy, who would be remembered as a skilled horseman and dog trainer.

"I used to travel to school with him on an old bus over gravel road," he said.

"I think it was on that bus he was named Happy and it stuck with him.

"He used to go everywhere for cattle dog trials, he loved working his dogs."

In preparation for the annual Maclean Show, he would supply a lot of equipment from his farm to do work on the showground," Mr Ferrie said.

"The show society survived with people like him - the Davis family has been helping with the show for four generations.

"He was an absolute local legend, one of the most amazing men we've ever had around the place

"He came from a wonderful family and is leaving behind a wonderful family."

Mr Davis is loved by sons Scott, Mitchum and daughter Endessa, and his grandchildren.

A service to celebrate the life of Ray 'Happy' Davis will be held at the Maclean Showground on Monday, August 24 at 11am.



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