John Rogers

I’m sorry to have to tell you that John Rogers died earlier today.  John was involved in the club from the start in 1978 and has continued his involvement throughout the last 36 years.  John has coached, mentored, and chaired the club as well as judging many hundreds of field events – and more recently enjoyed his role as Club President.

John’s enthusiasm and dedication to athletics remained undiminished and he will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him, both at the club and in the wider athletics community.

Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife Audrey, son Phil and Phil’s wife Katherine and the grandchildren Lucy and Harry.

6 thoughts on “John Rogers

  1. Jo Granger

    Such very sad news , to an amazing gentleman who dedicated so much time to young athletes over the years.
    You will be sadly missed. Our condolences to your family at this tragic time.
    Jo, Lizzy & Henry

  2. LIz

    John managed to combine patience and care in equal measures,
    He provided a fun and safe environment for all the athletes at the same time encouraging them to their full potential.
    My daughter (christine) and I were involved with the club for many years, John was there at nearly all the training sessions, and matches , always willing everyone on, at the same helping with the judging .
    We will all miss you John, a great mentor and friend.
    Liz

  3. Vincent Golding

    I’ve known John through athletics since the 1980s when I was a Crawley AC runner and always enjoyed speaking with him when he used to coach EG athletes when they trained at the old Crawley Leisure Centre. More recently whenever I saw John, at K2 or elsewhere in Sussex, he always had a friendly word with me. Condolences to his family.
    Vince

  4. Richard Buckingham

    I’ve known John Since the mid 80’s. I competed against Phil and was officiated by John on numerous occasions. He was a lovely man and will be missed. My thoughts are with his family. It won’t be the same at the county champs this year.

  5. James Dodsworth

    Just heard the very sad news. John fostered in me a love of athletics which will never leave and for that I am forever grateful. Despite being a mediocre athlete myself John was always encouraging and never failed to share his time, knowledge and experience. I can’t count the number of lifts to Crawley he must have given me over the years. Such a loss.
    Condolences to all the family
    James

  6. Fred Flower

    Re: John Rogers
    I only learnt today of John’s sad passing. He and I worked for Canadian Pacific Ships in the 1980’s and I found him to be a real gentleman. When the Company decided to sell all its ships, John and I worked closely together as part of the ‘task force’ overseeing their handovers. We worked in the same office and although I was never an athlete, John would often tell us how the previous evening’s training session had gone, what targets he had set the members and how the club was doing in the league etc. Work permitting, John’s morning routine was to do the Daily Telegraph crossword, usually whilst eating a bar of Bourneville chocolate.

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