Like me, I expect you were sad to hear of Roger’s death on 22nd January, at his home in Devon. I learnt from one of his family who was with him that it was a peaceful end for Roger.
It is not possible to say when I first met Roger, he always seemed to be around, or had been there and bought the T-shirt. He had travelled around quite a lot of Scandinavia, sometimes in our group visits to stamp exhibitions (where he bought the T-shirts) held in various Scandinavian cities, and sometimes on his own exploring.
I passed the job of being Secretary, after some 18 years, to Roger at an AGM and he took over the role and worked in it for 15 years until he felt he had carried out the post long enough, so he passed it on to Brian Hague who then filled the Secretarial slot, and finally the post has come back to me. I saw Roger quite often at the Kingston upon Thames Philatelic Society where we were both members, and he was an enthusiastic member of that Society usually joining in and speaking about his displays.
Roger receiving an Honorary Life Membership of the Kingston Philatelic Society – 6th June 2013
Roger spent much of his childhood near Surbiton, he went to school there and then to Wimbledon College, then National Service in the Navy patrolling Scandinavian waters during the Cold War. He taught Geography and Geology then became head of department at a Catholic comprehensive school near Heathrow. Roger then went on to become a part-time tutor for Open University and he then took a job working in Kingston University Library. Roger spent his retirement travelling around the world such as visiting Australia and New Zealand, and a trip to Antarctica (from where he sent me a post card) and much of Scandinavia.
Once when Roger was to be away for a month-long visit he gave me his key and asked me to go into his flat and have a look through the mail and see if there was anything which might relate to Scandinavia and to open it up and deal with it in case it was an enquiry or a member needing help or assistance. I remember him saying that there was nothing sacred in his mail so I should check through to see that a member would not be kept waiting till Roger’s return for a reply to any mail. That showed how dedicated he was to the Society. One of Roger’s later interests was his family’s history and, like many others, he would search around and see what he could find. I remember telling him of some churchyards we had visited which had a couple of graves of Partridges in some part of the UK.
Roger greatly enjoyed visiting Stamp Fairs around the country and sometimes we were lucky enough to make up a threesome with Eric Keefe and be driven by him to somewhere in the UK for an event where we would all forage the dealers’ stock, searching out our particular subjects and Roger usually managed to obtain some items of interest which he would talk about to us on the way home. Roger, thank you for your friendship – Hvilt I fred – I shall miss you.
Susan Oliver (With thanks to Sinead Partridge)
From other Friends
It is without doubt a very sad moment for Roger’s family and the many of us who have had the pleasure of Roger’s entertaining and amusing talks and displays.
I remember the first meeting I attended with Roger at the “high table” dressed in open-toed sandals and a T-shirt with a hairy beer-swilling Norseman emblazoned on the front. Yet he had time for all, would help whenever he could and always showed a keen interest in members’ displays.
Really sad news that we have lost Roger who will forever be remembered for his many years of support for the Society and his enthusiasm for matters philatelic, with Norway the dominant interest. He could always be relied upon for an interesting display and a tale to go with it. If not ‘stamps’ he would regale us with Dads Army or HMS Coquette stories both of which members’ clubs he also enthusiastically supported. It is a number of years since I last saw him, but I remember him with affection as a friend and colleague.
So sad to hear about Roger.
My first encounter with Roger was at Spring Stampex 2002. For a while a relative of mine, also a philatelist with interest outside our Society, had been pushing me to link up a group whose interests where similar to my own. I kept pushing it off, until I saw the 50th Anniversary sign on the upper mezzanine at the BDC.
There was Roger looking after the stand with his huge jovial smile and more than willing to show me around the display of Weddel, Schelswig 1920.
He then asked me if I had any personal interest in Scandinavian stamps to which I mentioned my complete run of Denmark 1851 to date and still going! His face was a picture! I was signed up on the spot. We hit it off right away, both from a societal point of view and personally. He became my key contact as I settled in and for a long time afterwards.
I think the thing I will remember most about Roger was his level headedness. Even when he got exited he never seemed to take his eyes of the ball. He was always entertaining and great to be around. Rest in Peace!
Roger was a good pal to me when I first joined the Society and he remained so for many years. He was always able to light up a conversation with his anecdotes and humour. For a long while after he took a back seat with his collecting we would still share jokes by email and he kept me well supplied. It was Roger who in part persuaded me to change from my old PC to Apple Mac a recommendation for which I am still incredibly grateful!
I know he will be missed very much by everyone.