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Born: 30 June 1924, King's Heath

Birth Certificate:

Registration DistrictKings Norton
in the Sub-District ofKings Norton
in the County ofBirmingham
When and where born30 June 1924, 5 Reeves Road, Kings Heath
NameRoger William
Name of Father William Edwin Stanier
Name of Mother Mabel Eleanor Stanier, formerly Read
Profession of FatherSilversmith journeyman
InformantMabel E Stanier, Mother, 5 Reeves Road
When Registered8 August 1924

Died: 9 February 2016

Death Certificate:

Registration DistrictBirmingham
Sub-District ofBirmingham
Administrative AreaMetropolitan District of Birmingham
Date and place of death9th February 2016, 61 Farnhurst Road, Hodge Hill
Name and SurnameRoger William Stanier
Occupation and usual address Teleccommunications Engineer (retired)
Husband of Maris Doreen Stanier, Telephone Operator (retired)
61 Farnhurst Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands
InformantMaris Doreen Stanier
QualificationWidow of deceased, Present at the death
Usual address61 Farnhurst Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands
Cause of deathI(a) Myocardial Infarction
I(b) Congestive Cardiac Failure
II Atrial Fibrillation
Certified by T Zaman MRCGP
Date of Registration10 February 2016

Father: William Edwin Stanier

Mother: Mabel Eleanor Read

5-generation pedigree

Siblings: (For dates, etc, see the extended family)

  1. John Howard Stanier
  2. Marguerite Ruth 'Peggy' Stanier
  3.   Roger William Stanier

Married: Maris Doreen Poole, 10 November 1945

Marriage Certificate:

Registration DistrictRowley Regis
Solemnized atThe Methodist Chapel, Hayseech (Rowley Regis)
in the District ofRowley Regis
in the County ofStaffordshire
When Married10 November 1945
Name and Surname Roger William Stanier
Age21 years
Rank or Profession14895505 Signalman H M ARMY (Post Office Engineer)
Residence131 Wychall Road, Northfield Birmingham
Father's NameWilliam Edwin Stanier
Father's ProfessionSilversmith
WitnessesJoshua C Poole, W E Stanier
bride's father and groom's father

With his wife circa 2015


  1. Pamela Hazel Stanier
  2. Alan Michael Stanier

Photograph of the Stanier (and Gibson) family 30 June 1994

Photograph of the Stanier family October 2004

Obituary by his daughter, published by

Roger Stanier was active in his local allotment association and won prizes for his fruit and vegetables

My father, Roger Stanier, who has died aged 91, was an electrical engineer for the Post Office, a passionate gardener and an immensely knowledgeable railway enthusiast.

He was born in Birmingham, the youngest child of Bill, a silversmith, and Mabel (née Read), who had been a pupil-teacher, staying on after the usual leaving age to work with younger pupils, in Essex. Roger was educated at King Edward VI Camp Hill school for boys in Birmingham - but he was one of the generation of bright working-class students who went to grammar school with no prospect of going on to university. His career choice, in fact, was decreed by his parents. His brother, John, had already started to work for the Post Office's telephone operation, and Roger started work there as an apprentice electrical engineer.

His career progressed as he gained qualifications through day-release at technical college and "night school", but after he retired he had more time for his many interests, which centred around his home. He was forever building and tinkering, and especially gardening.

At one time he had four allotments, including an orchard and pond, and he was active in his local allotment association and the Birmingham and District Allotments Confederation. He won prizes for his fruit and vegetables, and worked as a judge for other shows. His last prize (for tomatoes) came when he was 89, and up to his death he was still reading catalogues and ordering seeds and plants - one of our last conversations was about the merits of grafted melons.

His other passion in life was trains. After taking early retirement, he would go on at least one rail journey a week, usually to the coast, where he would enjoy the view of the sea, eat a fish-and-chip lunch and then catch the train home. He particularly enjoyed train journeys in Switzerland: on one holiday together, we took a journey that involved 18 trains in one day. Roger's knowledge of Swiss rail timetables was encyclopaedic - and for each change, he was able to head straight to the platform where the next train was due. Once these holidays were beyond his strength, he would watch DVDs of journeys he knew well.

Roger was a shy man of immense charm: his life centred on his home, garden and family, and especially his wife, Maris. They met while working at a telephone exchange, where she was an operator; having noticed the good-looking young engineer, she found there were often faults in her telephone switchboard that needed his attention, and they married in November 1945, when she was 20 and he was 21.

He leaves Maris, his wife of 70 years; myself and my brother, Alan; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Lived at 61 Farnhurst Raod, Hodge Hill, Birmingham

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