|Roger William Stanier||[1924 - 2016]||FF|
Born: 30 June 1924, King's Heath
|Registration District||Kings Norton|
|in the Sub-District of||Kings Norton|
|in the County of||Birmingham|
|When and where born||30 June 1924, 5 Reeves Road, Kings Heath|
|Name of Father||William Edwin Stanier|
|Name of Mother||Mabel Eleanor Stanier, formerly Read|
|Profession of Father||Silversmith journeyman|
|Informant||Mabel E Stanier, Mother, 5 Reeves Road|
|When Registered||8 August 1924|
Died: 9 February 2016
|Administrative Area||Metropolitan District of Birmingham|
|Date and place of death||9th February 2016, 61 Farnhurst Road, Hodge Hill|
|Name and Surname||Roger 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
|Informant||Maris Doreen Stanier|
|Qualification||Widow of deceased, Present at the death|
|Usual address||61 Farnhurst Road, Hodge Hill, Birmingham, West Midlands|
|Cause of death||I(a) Myocardial Infarction|
I(b) Congestive Cardiac Failure
II Atrial Fibrillation
Certified by T Zaman MRCGP
|Date of Registration||10 February 2016|
Father: William Edwin Stanier
Mother: Mabel Eleanor Read
Siblings: (For dates, etc, see the extended family)
Married: Maris Doreen Poole, 10 November 1945
|Registration District||Rowley Regis|
|Solemnized at||The Methodist Chapel, Hayseech (Rowley Regis)|
|in the District of||Rowley Regis|
|in the County of||Staffordshire|
|When Married||10 November 1945|
|Name and Surname||Roger William Stanier|
|Rank or Profession||14895505 Signalman H M ARMY (Post Office Engineer)|
|Residence||131 Wychall Road, Northfield Birmingham|
|Father's Name||William Edwin Stanier|
|Witnesses||Joshua C Poole, W E Stanier
bride's father and groom's father
|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.
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