Almost 600 people attended the funeral of a former newspaper editor who was killed in a car crash last month.
He was a councillor on Fenland Council at the time of his death and a former Mayor and football club chairman. His funeral took place at St Peter’s Church in the town on Tuesday.
The Standard reports that during the service the vicar, Father Paul West, said Roger was “one in a thousand and Wisbech could do with many many more like him.”
Father West spoke of Roger’s longevity as a journalist, along with his devotion to his family, his wide range of civic duties and the £80,000 he had helped to raise during a four year stint as chairman of a Macmillan Cancer campaign committee in the town.
While at at the paper Roger covered the Wisbech floods of 1978 in which one person died and a quarter of the town went underwater, and the Harrier crash in 1979 in which two men and a boy were killed.
He was sports editor of the paper for 11 years and then editor for 21 years, succeeding his father. He took early retirement in the 1980s when the Thomson group took over from the previous owners, the Sharman family.
Clive Frusher, a journalist who worked for the Wisbech Standard during Roger’s time as editor, described his former boss as ‘a great encourager.’
Said Clive: “Roger was “kindly, thoughtful and important to us all. He was a true gentleman of the press.”
Roger died at the aged of 77, leaving widow Margaret, one surviving daughter Karen, step daughter Samantha and grandchildren Scott and Cheri.