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British Marine announces the passing of Roger Firth

Published on: 28 February 2019

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Roger Firth, the co-founder of R&D Marine and former Committee member of British Marine Engines and Equipment, sadly passed away on Friday 15 February, aged 72. He founded R&D Marine with his brother David.

Commenting on Roger, David Pougher, Immediate British Marine Past President wrote:

“I’ve had the pleasure to have known Roger for many years and can look back throughout that period with fond memories of him, as being a true individual and a great character of our marine industry.  His style, wit, forthright comments and opinion were valued by his fellow industry colleagues and continued success of his business, through the years, were a testament to his ability to seek out opportunity whilst always being prepared for risk or adversity.   

I remember my first encounter at a association meeting where Roger, as a Committee member, gave everyone present his view on a particular topic.  As always, it was straight to the point, factual, accurate and delivered with a focused passion that many could have benefitted from!  

As a young(er) gun at the time I decided that Roger was someone I wanted to get to know better as his knowledge, skill base and industry acumen could only help me, as someone wanting to learn more about the engineering side of our marine industry. I, as well as many others, were able to learn from him and, in turn, could count on his support when the time demanded it. I will always remember his advice when I took the Chairmanship of British Marine Engines and Equipment, formerly known as the Marine Engines and Equipment Manufacturers Association, and will always be grateful for his counsel, confidentiality and sheer volume of valid and valuable information. A true industry icon.”

The funeral will to be held at North Hertfordshire Memorial Park and Crematorium, Holwell SG5 3RT on Friday 15 March at 12:00, with a reception following at Letchworth Rugby Club, further details here.

British Marine sends its sincerest condolences to Roger’s family and friends during this sad time.