Service remembers Welwyn Garden City stalwart

PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 October 2011

Rev Neil Roskrow

Rev Neil Roskrow


A REVEREND, who was a Welwyn Hatfield stalwart, has been remembered at a requiem mass in his honour.

The service, to celebrate the life of the Rev Neil Roskrow, pictured, who died aged 84, took place at All Saints, Tuckingmill, Cornwall, on September 23.

Born in Cornwall, the Rev Roskrow moved to Welwyn Garden City in 1962.

He was a founder member of the Welwyn Round Table and went on to become a member of the WGC Rotary Club and was once president of the branch.

He ran an optician’s in WGC in the 1960s, and during his time in Times Territory he bought another plot of land in Digswell and built another house.

In July 1963 the Rev Roskrow’s youngest son Adrian was born at the QE2.

He was one of the first babies born on the day the Queen came to officially open the hospital.

Mr Roskrow’s other son Paul’s first sight of his new baby brother was on the 6pm television news when he saw his mum Pam in conversation with the Queen while proudly rocking her baby to sleep.

After Adrian was born, the Rev Roksrow started to have the new house built in Digswell and the family moved to live there in 1966.

He threw himself into local life and the family became regular members of St John’s Church Digswell.

He continued to serve and was Master of Ceremonies with his two young sons often as acolytes.

A eulogy to the Rev Roskrow read: “Neil was a gentleman in every way possible and was a very wise man to have alongside you in any situation.

“He was a loving and devoted husband to Pam, and a proud father to Paul and Adrian, a dear grandfather to his grandchildren and a good and loyal friend to many and a faithful servant to his Lord and God and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

Donations were made for the Alzheimer’s Society and raised a total of £224.50.

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