Mr Roger Granger.
LIFELONG sailor Roger Granger died while leading a race at Yarmouth last Wednesday. He was 65.
Mr Granger, of Halletts Shute, Yarmouth, was born in Chester on December 4, 1946, and married in Pyrford, Surrey, in March 1970, while working for the family grain trading firm.
He leaves his widow, Tessa, three children, Nick, Robyn and Myles, and seven grandchildren and is survived by his older sister.
He worked on the Baltic Exchange and for Alton Oils and Feeds before permanently moving to the Island in 1989, having lived on the couple’s Sigma 31 boat during 1988 on the Medina while selling their house.
He was general manager of Cowes Yacht Haven from the early 1990s before retiring to the West Wight. He was active in the Royal Solent Yacht Club.
He was vice-commodore twice, rear commodore (sailing) and involved with the current building project.
He was also a Slipshod Singer and a member of the Sunbeam Alpine Association, having owned a classic Sunbeam, which was more than 40 years old.
He loved skiing and in earlier life played rugby for the Harlequins — though not the first team.
Until his death, he was a Royal Ocean Racing Club measurer and a marina consultant for the Yacht Harbour Association.
His over-riding passion was sailing, which he started at the age of just three.
He had a life-long love affair with anything to do with boats and was recognised as being extremely knowledgeable on the subject.
He owned several cruisers but latterly he sailed and raced his beloved Folkboat.
A service to celebrate Mr Granger’s life is being held at St James’s Church, Yarmouth, on Monday at 3pm. Donations for the Yarmouth Lifeboat can be made at www.justgiving.com/RogerGranger
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