Raymond Salisbury-Jones

We record with great sadness the death in London on 22nd March 2011 of Raymond Salisbury-Jones at the age of 77 after a short illness. He was elected into membership of the Air Squadron in 1986, retiring in 2000 when he ceased to be active. He never married.

Raymond was one of life’s true enthusiasts. After time as a young man in the Brigade of Guards, he joined Rolls Royce Motors as a member of the sales team. His charm and effusive nature won him customers and friends. It was a job ready-made for him.

He learned to fly and gained his PPL with the Guards Flying Club in the late 60s and very quickly flying became his passion. He joined many Air Squadron events during his time in membership, later establishing RSJ Aviation as a charter broker where charm, persuasion and a good knowledge of the industry brought him a reasonable living for many years.

Music was another of Raymond’s passions. He learned piano and organ at school and maintained competence as an organist all his life, in later years playing for church services in the City of London. He developed a close working relationship with David Liddle, the London-based blind organist.

He was the son of Brigadier General Sir Guy Salisbury-Jones who, after distinguished military service, established one of the first successful commercial vineyards at Hamble in Hampshire. Raymond decided, probably wisely, against taking on the family vineyard business.

His funeral will be a private event, family only. A Service of Celebration for his Life will be held on Friday 15th April commencing at 1400 at Suttons Hospital, Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London EC1M 6AN. All are welcome.

Simon Ames
28th March 2011