Messages of condolence

The following messages of condolence were posted in various places on the internet following Roy's death

I worked with Roy...

I worked with Roy whilst at 399SU RAF Digby. There were only four of us. Flt Lt Diprose, Sgt O'Donnell (sadly deceased) Roy & myself working in a specialised Dept. Roy was a dedicated worker and we worked closely with each other. I will always remember his grin and laughter which at times of stress was very relaxing in a funny sort of way. Even now, I can still hear his voice & chuckle when things are tough saying "Keep the Faith Lad" - which even now I still tend to use on others when we part company. God Bless Roy, as I know he will. You will be sorely missed bu all who knew you. Brian S. Mudge. - By Brian Mudge on 9th Feb 2010

My wife and I...

My wife and I first met Roy and his lovely family nearly 20 years ago when his nephew Gary married our elder daughter Cathy. They all attended the wedding in Somerset and we remember with much happiness a really lovely day. We will always remember Roy as always full of fun and enjoying life to the full. Rest in Peace, Roy, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his family who will miss him dreadfully. From Heather and Mike Tucker. - By Michael Tucker on 14th Nov 2009


Roy was a wonderful boss to work for during my time at Digby - always cheerful and a pleasure to be in his company. Socially he was full of stories and always extremely good company. All in all he was a great bloke to know and will be very much missed. Les Warren - By Les Warren on 24th Oct 2009

A thousand words won't...

A thousand words won't bring you back, I know because I've tried, Neither will a million tears, I know because I've cried. They say memories are to treasure, to some that may be true. I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

I feel so very lucky to have had you as my dad, you will never be forgotten by those that knew and loved you, you truly were one of the best. Always in my heart and forever you will be in my thoughts. Love Lynda xxxx - By Lynda Horsman on 22nd Oct 2009

The sad news about Roy was a surprise to me like many others, although I knew that he had been ill. Having met him through the world of officiating and as a 'youngster' in the field he assisted and mentored the likes of myself at various meetings and championships. He was a gent and will be missed. Sincere condolences to his family. Arwel(Taff) Williams. (LHAC) By Arwel (Taff) Williams Added: 22/10/2009 22:48:22

Thank you for taking the time to write about my Dad and the tributes to him, along with many emails Allan my brother has received from his many friends in the athletics field. It is lovely to read so many wonderful tributes about my dad and to know how highly everyone thought of him. Athletics was such a major part of his life and he loved every second of the time he officiated. Even when he was not in the best of health, no amount of "nagging" from us would stop him travelling to wherever he was needed. It is a comfort to us to know how fond everyone was of him. He will leave a massive hole in our family that's for sure. Thank you to you all. Lynda By Lynda Horsman (Roy's Daughter) - Added: 27/10/2009

Very sorry to read about Roy, he was an inspiration in the officiating world and will be sadly missed, I have worked with Roy on several occasions whilst officiating and always found him encouraging, a great help and fun to work with. We would like to pass on our sympathies to his family. Ros Evenden and family (Leeds City AC) By Ros. Evenden Added: 28/10/2009

Sincere condolences to his family from all Roy's athletics mates in Derbyshire. He made so many friends in the County by his willingness to travel to our meetings at Derby Moorways - even when he was not too well. We will always think kindly of him and hold him dear in our memories. By Frank Gorman Added: 28/10/2009

Thank you all, on behalf of our family, for the kind comments and many emails we have received. The funeral is now set for 26th Nov By Allan Kissack Added: 13/11/2009

I have just found out (with shock)via the web, that my dear friend Roy passed away in October of 2009. I knew Roy whilst at Little Sai Wan in Hong Kong and we worked together in the same dept whilst at RAF Digby. My sincere condolences to Rita, Lynda & Allan. Roy will always be remembered by me for all the advice and assistance during my time in the RAF. Brian S. Mudge By Brian S. Mudge Added: 11/01/2010

Have only just heard of the death of my good friend Roy. Have known Roy for the last 30years having officiated with him at numerous RAF and civilian meetings. It shows the regard in which he was held by the entry in the South of England Officials Communique. He was one of the few true gentlemen that I have known over the years and he will be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family. Terry Stiby By Terry Stiby Added: 12/01/2010