A ROCESTER caretaker and long-time supporter and friend of the village football club has passed away.
Roger Austin worked for JCB and was the caretaker of what was originally Rocester Mill.
A ‘true friend’ of Rocester Football Club, he died on Sunday, June 8 at his home in Rocester aged 67 years old.
Friends have now paid tribute to Mr Austin, remembering him as a ‘good friend and neighbour’ and ‘someone who was always there to support and help’.
A spokesman for Rocester Football Club said: “Rocester F.C. today lost a good friend in Roger Austin.
“Roger did an awful lot for the club while looking after the Rocester Mill for JCB which is now the The JCB Academy.
“He was a great link for the club with JCB.
“He is another person that deserves credit for why the Hillsfield looks as it does today.
“He always came up on match days and was always helping out with maintenance for the club, fixing machinery and anything that needed doing, he was always happy to help.
“He was a great man and will be sadly missed by everyone at the club.
“Rest in peace Roger.”
Stephen McGirr said: “Roger was always a great help with any issues when I was looking after the ground and a good man all round for the village of Rocester.
“He will be missed by many.
“Rest in peace.”
Karen Haslam said: “Very sad news about our friend and neighbour Roger, rest in peace. Thinking of Doreen and Mandy at this time and praying.”
Ian Egerton, of Uttoxeter, said: “Rest in peace Roger, you were a true friend to many, you will be sadly missed.”
Mark McGirr, of Rocester, said: “He was a good man who will be missed by many.”
Dave Price said: “It’s a sad loss for us all.
“Roger was always there to support and help.
Steve Halliwell said: “He was a true friend to the club.
“He was always there to help us whenever asked.
“Rest in peace.”
Linda Halsey said: “God bless, rest in peace, he will be sadly missed.”
Ann Turvey said: “It’s very sad news.”
Tracy Bloor said: “Thinking of you Mandy and Doreen.
“We had some great times together.”
Roger was the dearly loved husband of Doreen and loving dad of Mandy.
His funeral service will take place at St. Michael’s Church, Rocester on Wednesday, June 18 at 10.30 am, to be followed by interment in the churchyard.
Donations received in memory of Mr Austin will be given to Dove Valley Community First Responders.
More information about the responders is online at: www.dove-valley.co.uk including details on fund-raising and the team.