By Jennifer Smith

It was with sadness that we learnt in the summer of Roy’s illness and, soon after, his death. Our sympathies go to Viv and his family who meant so much to him.

Roy was involved in many aspects of The Ramsgate Society: he was a wise and respected member of the committee for many years, becoming President when he gave up committee work. He was ever watchful regarding heritage buildings in Ramsgate and took part in the yearly Heritage Open Days scheme. Roy wrote the scripts for the guides when the Costumed Walks Group was formed and led groups as they explored Ramsgate during the summer months.

The natural world was one of his great interests and he was vehemently opposed to the development once proposed for the former Hoverport. He enjoyed visiting Monkton Nature Reserve where his friend Ron was Warden and he also kept a close watch on Weatherlees.

He was a member of the sub-committee who, under Professor Brian May’s chairmanship, spent three years producing the Ramsgate Millennium Book. He also used to proof read the quarterly magazine with great diligence.

He did not limit his activities to Ramsgate. He was a founder member of the Margate Civic Society and represented The Ramsgate Society at Kent Federation of Amenity Societies’ meetings, serving on that committee also.

Roy’s last involvement with The Ramsgate Society was attending the planning sessions for the Golden Jubilee celebrations. We miss his and Viv’s presence at our meetings but are so grateful for his unfailing support. It was a privilege to work with him.

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