Ray Farmer, left, on a golf trip with good Salem Country Club friend Tony Vorias.

When the U.S. Senior Open begins on June 26, the friendly, feisty spirit of the late Ray Farmer will live on at Salem Country Club. Farmer, member and past president of Salem CC, passed away unexpectedly at his Middleton home last July 22 at age 78. The volunteers headquarters during the championship has been dubbed “Ray’s Tent,” a tribute from the many friends he made at the Peabody club. Ray, who many of his pals said was a great guy and a straight shooter who wasn’t afraid t o speak his mind, organized many golf trips through the years for family and friends, old and new. His days as president of the Black Rum Golf Association and as leader of golf excursions to Ireland and other far-away locales are still recalled by fellow SCC members with awe, smiles and good humor.

Ray Farmer, bottom right, and fellow SCC members during the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.

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