Roger's Funeral was held on Monday 16th October at 3.30pm
City of London Crematorium, South Chapel
Manor Park, London
John White, Dave Knight, Mary o'Brien and Mary Connolly met at the Lakeside Diner, Whipps Cross Road, E11 and walked to the Crematorium.
Frank, Doug, Mike, Jim and many others met at Wanstead Leisure Centre to Car Share to the Crematorium.
Around thirty members of East London Runners attended with Roger's Family and Friends to bid a fond farewell to Roger.
In lieu of flowers Roger's Family suggested donations to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. A JustGiving page to donate has been set up here -
East London Runners as a Club have donated £500 direct to the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in memory of Roger Dixon. Members were invited to make any personal donations via the Just Giving Page above.
Roger's Wake was held Upstairs at The George Pub - 159 High St, Wanstead, London E11 2RL.
Roger Dixon RIP
It was with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and untimely death of Roger during his walking holiday on the South Coastal Path.
Roger passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 13th September 2017.
Roger joined East London Runners over 25 years ago and has always been an active Member and an avid runner and walker.
His other passions in life included supporting Leyton Orient and Motorsports. From school he studied and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working until his retirement in 2016.
He was made a Life Member of East London Runners for his services to our Club and since Spring 2016 performed the duties of Club Treasurer.
Our condolences are given to his daughter Sally, Son Robert, Sister Jill and all in his extended Family and to his Friends.
A very popular member of our Club we can pay no bigger tribute to Roger than publish the tributes that we received in the first few days following Roger's passing.
Kirk Johnson, Past Chairman and Life Member of ELR - I have run, trekked, walked and been in Rogers company for more years and adventures than I care to say. It was an honour and a privilege to have known him. The only regret that I have, is why did he have to leave us so early?
On the Kilimanjaro trip
Kirk - This is how I will always remember Roger as out there living the adventures.
John White - Friend, ELR Life Member, former Treasurer, Magazine Editor etc.
A bit stunned. I've known Roger for, quite literally, longer than I can remember. I was in the Club when he joined, maybe 1986/87, and I do remember that he helped me solve the mystery of a member called Goldspink, after an appeal I launched in Runaround (the ELR Magazine) to identify a person unknown to the rest of us. In recent years he has been my frequent companion at the rear of the club runs and he and I have had many good times and laughs. He mentored me on how to dodge about to keep up with the others. He had a weak ankle, but what's that got to do with anything? How can a fit, strong, young man just go like that? He was planning to come out to my place, in France, for a walking holiday - didn't happen this year, we hoped for next year. I shall so miss him.
Bob Louth, Friend and fellow runner - My running mate and friend for 32 years. Totally shocked at the news last week. He will be sadly missed. Our last run together was at Hainault Forest the Monday night before his trip to Cornwall again.
Robert Bruni - I was so stunned by the news I could hardly speak. We shall miss him so much on the runs and at the Orient. Please do let me know when the funeral is.
Mary Connolly - Like everyone else I am shocked and saddened to hear about Roger. The suddenness of it makes it so hard to take in. Such a nice and friendly man with everyone and a big part of the Club . He will be sadly missed.
Patricia ONeill - I'm so shocked and saddened to hear this. I've known Roger a very long time, we go back a long way. Such a nice man. This is so sad, hard to take in. Let's raise a glass in his honour at the Clubs 35th Anniversary celebrations, think he'd like that.
Maud Hodson - He was so warm and supportive, always asking after my family when things were tough. I will miss him very much.
Sarah Burns - So sad. Roger ran with me on first ever run with the club. He was always warm and supportive and always good to chat to. A great loss. Sympathies to his family.
Carlton D'Souza - Still trying to comprehend this sad news. An absolute gentleman. Always a pleasure to chat to him, with his words of wisdom. Will truly miss Roger.
Alexandra Rutishauser-Perera - A very sad news...a very gentle man! We will carry him in our heart while running with club colours...
Stuart Barton - He always had time for everyone, a true gent RIP.
Bernadett Kalmar - Roger was always so kind, a true gentleman, I will miss him a lot. Incredibly sad to hear he is no longer here.
Dave Knight I am lucky to have been able to count Roger as a friend. He was always friendly, kind and generous and a great conversationalist. East London Runners and Leyton Orient Supporters Club will both feel the loss. Roger was one of the good guys. Sympathy goes out to his family. RIP Roger.
Roger and Dave at an ELR Social.
Mary OBrien - I was shocked and saddened to hear this. Roger was a kind and gentle man who will be very much missed.
Suzanne Bench - So sad to hear this. He was a great man and always kept me entertained on runs hearing about his adventures. Sincere condolences to his family.
Marc Akers - A truly wonderful man.
He was one of the first people to talk to me & made me very welcome on my first Wednesday club run. I'll miss his comments & his advice.
My deepest condolences to his family.
Sonia Cheadle- Deeply saddened to hear the news.... a wonderful soul taken far too soon.
Jonathan Wooldridge - I was very saddened when I heard of Roger's passing. He was a very kind and generous person, always having a story and experience to share. His insight to running, and the club was very valuable and we will mioss him terribly. RIP Roger. Thinking of his family.
Paul Thompson - RIP Roger. A real gentleman & a great character within ELR. So sad.
Sandra Hiller - Roger a truly lovely gentleman. RIP Roger, you will be greatly missed.
Ciaran Canavan - Dear Roger. Thank you for being such an amazing and supportive member of East London Runners. You are one of the longest standing members I know from my 9 years, and your company was always happy, friendly and welcome. You are missed already. RIP and ELR will continue to run in your memory. Ciaran.
Maya Goodwin - I'm also in complete shock. I remember talking to him about his running and how great it was that he was back. He said 'I remember a friend of mine who died suddenly, and I decided life was too short and to always do things that made me happy.' So very true. I'll miss him, and his grin so much.
Jan Webb - A true gentleman, a very generous and supportive runner who I will remember fondly. My condolences to his family.
Katherine Harris What a shock to hear this sad news. Roger really was a true gent who had so much time for everyone. He was such a kind man, always so reassuring and supportive. He will be sorely missed.
Roger with Don Bennett and John Atkinson at the ELR Medals Night on 13th May 2017.
Ava Lee - I'm so sorry to hear the sad news about Roger. He was a great guy and always had time to have a chat. Even when he wasn't able to run after his injury he would still be around, supporting the club. My very best wishes to Sally and the rest of his family. Ava x
Jay Sangha - That is sad news. Such a lovely, friendly guy. My condolences to his family and friends.
Andrea Waller - Will miss him on club runs telling me about his latest trips and greeting me with "How is Andrea?". A true gent.
Frank Brownlie - Roger was always very friendly and helpful to me as a newbie to ELR in 2003 and in particular in later years when I became Chairman. His experience and practical advice on many occasions was very much appreciated. I and we as a Club will miss him. Roger was a great and loyal supporter of Leyton Orient. It was good to dissect the O's often poor performances with him over a pint in the Supporters Club after the game.
Gareth and Ali Jones - Shocked and saddened by the news.
We had a lovely friendship with Roger and I know he had long friendships with many Club Members, our thoughts are with all ELR, and Roger's family.
Fiona Day - Very sad and sorry to hear this. Roger was lovely, so kind to me when I first joined the club. He knew so much about the local area, always had time for a chat. He seemed so full of life too. such a loss. Thinking of his family.
Victoria Charlesworth - He was a lovely chap. Always happy to chat, he told me lots about the local area when I first moved here. So sorry for his family
Andy Kumar - Sincerest condolences to Roger's family.
Lee Rand - Oh gosh. He really was lovely.
Richard Guest - I heard the news about Roger earlier today and was very shocked and sad to hear of his passing. From my 'first claim' days I remember how he was always ready for a chat, joke or laugh before, during and after runs and he was a top guy and I'm sure will be sorely missed by all at ELR. Thoughts with his family too at this time.
Sheila Kennedy - Very sad news. We will miss him.
Katherine Harris - I am so sorry to hear this and my condolences go to Roger's family. What a lovely man he was.
Kirk, Jim and Roger, one of Roger's favourite photos.
Muhammad Iqbal Roger Dixon...
condolence to all friends and family.
The asset of ELR and a friend of every known heart. Roger was very cooperative and friendly. I took several marathon advises from him.
Roger will always be remembered on every marathon of me and there is no doubt his memories will remain forever in ELR.
Roger is belongs to the place where he actually belongs to. May God be with him.
Roger Dixon - Rest in Peace.
Calvin Bobin - Shocked and sad to hear this news. I spoke to Roger many times about walking the Cornwall coast path and know he was very pleased to be back walking it in June following recovery of his broken leg. Appeared to be fit and healthy. My thoughts go out to his family.
Karen Levison - Really lovely to see so many people pay tribute to such a popular and friendly member of our Club and it is very clear he will be missed by those who had known him over the many years he had been a member and also the newer members who he had taken the time to get to know and share his knowledge and wisdom not only in running but many other topics. Sending my condolences to his family and may be rest in peace.
Julie Campbell Such sad, sad news.
I can't say that I knew Roger well, but he was always very friendly when we met on Wednesday evenings. Just two weeks ago, he let me leave my stuff in his car whilst I went for the run. Afterwards we had a chat about the cows that used to roam around Leytonstone and Wanstead Flats and that when he attended Wanstead High, the teachers used to make the students jump in the outdoor pool even on the coldest days.
My condolences to his family and friends.
Trish Kelly - I was so shocked and saddened to hear this news. I was often 'bringing up the rear' with Roger on Sunday forest runs. Such an interesting and genuinely lovely man. My thoughts are with his family. x
Roger in action at the Dagengham 88 5 miler
Keeping an eye on things and the camera before the Newman Hilly 5
Finishing the Hilly 5
Jimmy Hartwell, Jim Bird and Roger after one of Jim's 27 London Marathon finishes!
Roger and Jaime Towns at the London Marathon ELR/LFB 20 Mile Water Station on Poplar High Street
Clive Jackson, Roger, John Atkinson and Doug Mansell at the 25k Special Drinks Station for ELR on the London Marathon route.
Roger and Geoff Bench at an ELR Christmas Party in The George, Wanstead
Roger, Carlton,Dave and Richard enjoying a post Marathon pint(or two)
Jaime, Jim and Roger, another Marathon for Jim and his support team
Jaime, Jim and Roger, another Marathon for Jim and his support team
Roger supervising the ELR part of the Water Station
Some memories from our archives.
10th March 1991 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - 1:40:15 378th
23rd Feb 1992 - Roding Valley Half Marathon - 1:44:55 551st
1993 London Marathon - 3:23 pb
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