Tributes to Tewkesbury man

29 June 2010, 14:50

The family of a Tewkesbury man who died in a road collision have been paying tribute to their son.

31 year old Stuart Rogerson died on Friday June 18 after his Kawasaki motorbike was in collision with a Ford Focus on the A38 near Twyning.

His mother, Pam Rogerson said; “Stu lived life to the full, he had so many friends and he touched the lives’ of so many others.”

Stuart was born at Cheltenham General Hospital in September 1978.

He grew up in Tewkesbury, attending Queen Margaret’s Primary School from 1983 then onto Tewkesbury School until 1995.

He has an older sister Sam Knight aged 36 and older brother Scott Rogerson aged 34.

He has five nieces and one nephew.

“All his family miss him terribly, especially his nieces and nephew.”  Pam said; “Stuart was great with children, especially babies.  

“He seemed to have a very calming influence that babies would take to.”

Stuart loved the outdoors and was involved in many activities which took him all over the country.

He enjoyed mountain climbing, abseiling and kayaking.

He had a 4x4 which he loved to go green laning in.

“His love for the outdoors started at a young age, “said his mother Pam, “he went on many outward bound courses as well as any school trips that involved a bit of adventure.”

His motorbike was also a hobby, his mother said; “When he got his bike, Stu and a friend decided to ride through France then down to Spain ending up in Andorra, he loved a good adventure.”

In 1998 Stuart started work as a self-employed carpet fitter, a lot of his work came from Tewkesbury based Carpets Direct.

His father, Malcolm Rogerson said; “We have been overwhelmed with all the kind things people have had to say about Stu.

“All the people he has worked for thought he was so helpful, everyone has said how he would always do that bit extra for them.”

Tewkesbury crash victimStuart’s helpfulness came into its own during the Gloucestershire floods in 2007.

His older brother Scott Rogerson said; “As soon as it all started on the Friday night Stu was out there, he emptied the carpet from his van and drove through flood waters delivering sand bags.

“We have a dinghy and he took that out and was working closely with the Fire and Rescue Service and the police to help get people to safety.

“He did it all quietly, he wasn’t in it for the glory he was just able to put himself in other people’s shoes.

“He worked for 48 hours solidly, came home for a couple of hours sleep and then went out again.”

The whole family has been overwhelmed by all the support they have received, Pam said; “I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who have been such a huge support since this has happened.

“Stu had a huge network of friends, he seemed to be able to get along with all different groups in the area, he was liked and respected by so many.

“I would especially like to thank his very close friends Mervin Frances, Matt Russell, Paul Robinson, Ed Braund and Mark Albutt.

“They have been fantastic with helping to plan the service as well as organising people, making sure everyone is kept informed, they have been a great support and we are very grateful for that.”

Stuart’s funeral will be held at Cheltenham Crematorium on Friday July 2 at 2.30pm.

It is an English theme, as Pam explains; “Stuart loved everything English, football, rugby, he loved the English countryside and English way of life, he was very patriotic.

“We want people to honour this and wear red and white to his funeral.

“As a family we do not want this to day to be full of sadness, it should be a celebration of Stuart’s life.

“It will be a time for us to remember all the different ways he touch and helped so many lives.”