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Tributes to ‘gentleman’ who helped to found hospice
Sunday 11th September 2016 @ 14:00 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton News


Warm tributes have been paid to a distinguished Rotarian who was one of the founders of Willow Wood Hospice.

Sydney Rogerson, who died a day after celebrating his 90th birthday, was a co-trustee and director who helped to create the Ashton-based hospice, which has helped thousands of patients and relatives since it opened in 1999.

Mr Rogerson joined Hyde Rotary Club in 1975 and had been an officer on most of its committees. He became president in 1987, the club’s 50th year.

He was made a Paul Harris Fellow by his fellow Rotarians in 1996 in recognition of his exceptional club and community service.

When the idea of a hospice for Tameside and Glossop was mooted between the area’s clubs in the 1980s, Mr Rogerson was put forward with Don Newton as the Hyde representatives.

Mr Newton said: “He played a full part in the activities of Rotary and will be remembered for his valued contribution and support.”

He added: “His work for the hospice was considerable and much appreciated.”

Friend Peter Wood, Glossop Rotarian and co-trustee and finance director of Willow Wood Hospice, said: “I offer my sincere condolences to Sydney’s family.

“I first met Sydney nearly 20 years ago at my interview as the first staff member. Ever since then, Sydney has been a tremendous supporter of our fund-raising activities.    

“Everyone at Willow Wood was saddened to hear of Sydney’s passing. He was one of the original founding trustees and his support, expertise and knowledge were extremely valuable.

“His contribution in the early days of the original appeal in the early 1980s right through to very recently has ensured that the hospice continues to provide the very highest levels of care.”

He added: “He was a consummate professional who liked to have everything right.”

As part of his research into the founding of Willow Wood, Mr Rogerson visited St Catherine’s Hospice in Scarborough.

Willow Wood Hospice has 12 beds, which are always full, plus day-care and outpatient services, physiotherapy and a hydrotherapy pool.

Mr Rogerson was regarded as a “gentleman” by all who knew him. He was born in Hulme, Manchester, and had lived in Marple since the 1950s.

He served in the Royal Navy during the war, in India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and Aden.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with Campbell’s in Manchester city centre in 1952 and joined the Hyde offices of Scott Roberts Taylor and Co in 1973, becoming a partner in the early 1960s. He retired in September 1989.

He leaves two daughters Carol and Louise, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His wife Joan pre-deceased him in 1972.

The funeral service will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday, September 22, at All Saints’ Church, Marple, followed by service at Stockport Crematorium.

Donations to Willow Wood Hospice. Funeral arrangements are being made by Ian Mann, of Marple Bridge.