International Gloster Breeders Association

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International-Ornithological-Association
National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster Breeders Association

Affiliated to

International-Ornithological-Association
National-Council-for-Aviculture-NCA

International Gloster
Breeders Association

Featured Member – Roger Wilton

Featured Member – Roger Wilton

IGBA 2021 President, Membership Secretary and Yearbook Editor.

Roger suffered a heart attack and passed away aged 75 years in the early hours of Monday morning 8th March at Royal Preston hospital in Lancashire.

A proud Welshman he loved his rugby with a passion and never missed an opportunity to cheer them on. He also followed Blackburn Rovers football team but without a lot of reason to get overly excited in recent years.

I first met Roger one Saturday afternoon about 20

years ago when he came wondering down my drive asking if I was the man with birds? I said yes and it ended up that Roger would call every Saturday and have a cup of teawhilst watching me clean out the cages. He already had an assortment of finches but he liked the idea of having some Glosters, so it wasn’t long before he took some away to his house that was just a little further along the road from me.

We both became members of Preston AS and the North West All Variety Canary Club so we travelled to meetings together and became friends through our love of birds.

At around this time I became general secretary of the IGBA and took care of memberships and treasurers duties whilst Bob Hall was the yearbook editor at that time. Sadly, Bob passed away leaving us without an editor for the yearbooks so after a bit of coaxing and cajoling I managed to talk Roger around into doing this ‘little’ job for us, ‘just to keep things ticking over’. Do you know what? I think he got great pleasure from doing it! Second thoughts, I know he took great pleasure in doing it!!

Roger gave up keeping birds some years ago due to mobility issues caused by a back complaint that never went away. However, he enjoyed the involvement of looking after the memberships and the contact he had through compiling the association yearbooks, so he decided to continue supporting the club at a time when there were not many volunteers around who were willing to take on any duties. I don’t think he ever claimed for anything personally from our treasurer  and I believe he was on his third printer since taking on his IGBA duties. His least favourite job would be phoning around to remind anyone who had not kept their subs up to date, that they were due. At the other end of the scale was the putting together of the yearbook which is a bit like ‘the forth road bridge’ and never ending. He made some good friends by staying in regular contact when seeking out articles and show results from around the world. Roger was particular about what he wanted to publish and felt very strongly about anything that might be politically motivated or cause upset to any individuals. He was adamant that the yearbooks should remain informative and promote the world of Glosters in a good and positive light.

Roger used to look forward to show weekend when it gave him the chance to put names to faces. The fact that he would somehow always get the names mixed up didn’t matter, as thankfully, this was always taken in good spirit by both parties. His highlight of the show weekend would always be telling me how much he had taken towards next years subscriptions and affiliations but that he would be relieved once he could get the money into the bank and off his hands – he didn’t like having money hanging around! Roger was proud of his achievements and contributions in keeping the IGBA at the forefront of the Gloster world and rightly so. He played a big integral part in the association for several years and will be a hard act to follow for whoever takes up the mantle.

He was due to be our president this year and was very honoured that he was having this accolade bestowed upon him.

Well-deserved recognition in my opinion!!

I think it’s also worth remembering that he did all this work for the IGBA without any gain or self-promotion but purely to keep the club that he cared for deeply, alive and in good health.

Thank you Roger.

You will be missed, rest in peace.

As he would always say when leaving -T.T.F.N. (Ta Ta For Now)

Author: Ian Allison

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