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Roger E BIRCH

May 27, 1936October 19, 2020

Roger E BIRCH was born on May 27, 1936 and passed away on October 19, 2020 and is under the care of Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC.

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Joan Cromwell

November 19, 2020

I just learned of Roger’s death today. Roger & Diane always ate at my house for Thanksgiving. I called a few times recently and didn’t hear back so I sent him a note. His attorney called today to share the bittersweet news. While I am deeply saddened by the loss of both Diane & Roger, I am comforted that they are reunited. He was so devastated to be without her. I send heartfelt condolences to Roger’s family.

Georgina Birch

November 3, 2020

Uncle Roger,
This is a very sad day from a very tough year. You are an amazing uncle. I remember coming to your house in America when I was 5!! As a family when me and my brother lived at home, we were always so excited when we knew you were coming over to England to stay with us. You have been a rock to my mum since my dad (your brother) passed away in November 2017. My boys knew you and they will also never forget you. I cannot imagine the pain you have been going through since Diane died in May and this saddens us very much. We are so far away but have always felt so very close to you. RIP Uncle Rog, love you, sleep tight. Georgina, Scot, Jack and Ollie xxx

Pete and Viv Cowie

November 3, 2020

I first met Roger in 1961 and Viv met him in1964. He emigrated to North America in 1967 and in spite of living in distant continents we stayed in frequent contact and he was just one of the family. We NEVER had a fall out. He always emphasised the value he placed on our friendship and I hope we managed to convey the same message to him.
Losing Diane was a serious blow. In the early days of business following her death he coped well. We spoke on the phone about three times per week. He always intended to return to the UK should he survive Diane and I'm sure that once he had his affairs in order he would have come to test the water for a lengthy holiday. Sadly Covid intervened.
Some of my fondest memories of climbing are those of climbing with Roger. He was a great partner on a rope. Socially, Kenwood Road, Mr and Mrs Birch and all the brothers were always welcoming and many of the climbing fraternity enjoyed regular visits.
Other than climbing our stand-out recollections of Roger are catching the bus from Manchester to Hyde for Black and Tan gatherings at Flowery Field. Travelling down to Wales in Mike Smith’s car and singing at the top of our voices all the way back on Sundays. Roger particularly liked House of the Rising Sun by Eric Burden and the Animals. Poor Smith! Friday evenings at the MSG and nights at the Horseshoe in Lorton where we did our best to raise the roof. He loved Sante Anna. It was incredible that the locals of a quiet Lakeland pub always made us welcome! It was no surprise that the landlord enjoyed our drinking. And it was always special to see him in this country particularly when we were together at Bill and Maggie’s. Great days!
We will miss our conversations on the phone. What will I do to analyse a United performance? I find it difficult to recall that he's not here anymore. We can only hope that in spirit he's with Diane.
RIP Roger.
Lots of love, Pete and Viv

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