We have received the sad news that our honorary life member Alf Rolph died on the 12th August aged 85.
Alf was a long time regular member, who used his undoubted engineering skill to produce models of 0 gauge GWR locos which ran on our Woodchurch layout, which he also helped to construct.
He was born in Marylebone and later had family connections with the G.W.R at Hayes. His early career was spent in the assembly of Spitfires and later in the Army involved in the repair and maintenance of all types of military vehicles. In civilian life he was a motor engineer running a GPO motor vehicle workshop when that organisation was one of the largest owners and operators of motor vehicles in Europe.
Although slight of build, Alf was not one to quit, surviving cancer twice and a major operation thirty five years ago and despite the need for regular injections he turned up, rain or shine to our very often cold club rooms right up to the end of last year.Fiercely independent he was somewhat miffed that being made a honorary life member in early 2008 meant he no longer had to pay his subs!
He seemed to enjoy the club banter- we certainly enjoyed his company and shall miss that and his involvement in club activities, in the years to come.
Alf leaves a widow Olive to whom we sent our condolences.
A group of current and former members attended his Service of Thanksgiving at Liphook Methodist Church on the 25th August and had the opportunity afterwards to reminisce with Olive and his relatives and friends about the times we shared with Alf.