His funeral will be held at The Wenallt Chapel, Thornhill Crematorium,
Cardiff, CF14 9UA, on Friday 20th March at 2 pm. No flowers please - any
donations to Myeloma UK ~ Barry Mawson
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his widow Vicky, to
Helen, Giles and Hilary and to the rest of his family.
"Sorry to hear the news about Roger. He was around
a lot when I first started going to the club and remember how much work
he put in in the background. A very quiet but lovely man."
~ Denise Knibbs
"It is largely thanks to Roger that large parts
of OFD, as we know it, still exist. Back in the 1970s there were proposals
to extend quarrying southwards as far as the end of No 1, along the back
wall of the cottages, and a long way east into the area occupied by the
cave. It was Roger who led the fight through all available channels, eventually
winning every battle. To prevent any further proposals affecting the cave,
he led the successful campaign for purchase of much of the land above
OFD 2 and 3, by the (then) Nature Conservancy Council, and its subsequent
designation as the UK's first underground National Nature Reserve.
Roger was an active caver and committee man when
I joined the Club in the mid 60's and was always welcoming, with a friendly
smile. I particularly remember a trip with him into the Canyon area in
OFD, and it was Roger who vetted me for the OFD leader list. Subsequently
when I was Chairman, his encylopaedic knowledge of land ownership issues,
planning, etc., was of enormous help and, for some time afterwards, we
continued to work closely together in relation to the OFD NNR.
Our paths also crossed professionally, and we spent
some good times at Gregynog, the University of Wales conference centre
near Newtown, in the company of others involved in the many facets of
Electrical and Electronic Engineering across the various colleges of the
Roger always came over as having a quiet, calm
and cheerful nature but he was also a formidable force when campaigning
for the conservation of OFD. The Club has lost a very, very, nice man
who was one of its most influential members." ~ Jem Rowland