Memory of much loved dad lives on with boat

Finn, 13, and Gail Eden, both of Scawthorpe stand next to a boat named "Raging Eden", which is in memory of Ray Eden, who was part of Doncaster Rowing Club. Picture: Andrew Roe
Finn, 13, and Gail Eden, both of Scawthorpe stand next to a boat named "Raging Eden", which is in memory of Ray Eden, who was part of Doncaster Rowing Club. Picture: Andrew Roe

The name of a rower and professional cyclist killed after trying to stop a fight will live on thanks to a boat in his memory.

Money from the collection at Ray Eden’s funeral was used to buy the boat that has been named the Raging Eden in tribute to his powerful rowing style.

Finn, 13, and Gail Eden (front), both of Scawthorpe stand next to a boat named "Raging Eden", which is in memory of Ray Eden, who was part of Doncaster Rowing Club, with rowing club members in the background. Picture: Andrew Roe

Finn, 13, and Gail Eden (front), both of Scawthorpe stand next to a boat named "Raging Eden", which is in memory of Ray Eden, who was part of Doncaster Rowing Club, with rowing club members in the background. Picture: Andrew Roe

Mr Eden’s wife Gail and 13-year-old son Finn, a rising star in the world of rowing, were at the naming ceremony at Doncaster Rowing Club in Hexthorpe Park where Mr Eden was a member for around eight years.

The 42-year-old, who was also a former national cycling champion, was killed outside his detached home in Scawthorpe last year by neighbour Luke Jolly, then 24, who was later jailed after admitting his manslaughter.

Mrs Eden, 41, a nurse, of Moat Croft, said: “I think this will be a boost for the club and for myself and Finn.

“Ray gave so much to rowing, and they used to refer to him as the Raging Eden, so this is a really lovely tribute to him.”

As part of the naming celebrations Finn, a pupil at McAuley Catholic High School in Cantley, took the boat out on the water for her maiden voyage watched by his dad’s fellow club members.

The boat will now remain at Doncaster Rowing Club.

Adam Manson, club captain, said: “It was a really emotional day and really overwhelming. Ray was such a big part of the club.

“I’m sure Ray will have been looking down on us and he would think that it’s fantastic that is his name will remain in the club forever.

“He would also be extremely proud of his son Finn who is a fantastic rower and doing so well.

“We used to call Ray Raging Eden when he was competing because that’s the way he rode, full of power and strength, and this boat is a fitting tribute to him.”

As well as being a keen rower Mr Eden also represented Great Britain in cycling races, and narrowly missed competing in the 1996 Olympic Games because of a shoulder injury.

Former boxer Jolly who killed Mr Eden with a single punch after he intervened in a domestic argument, failed to get his four years and nine month jail term cut earlier this year.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Mr Eden “calmly and politely intervened” during the “unpleasant argument” before he was felled by Jolly.