Posted by Magnus Smith on January 11, 2016 at 09:42:37 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Roger Wardale posted by Paul Crisp on December 30, 2015 at 02:49:27:
Very sad to hear Roger Wardale is no longer with us. His books were the first thing I owned when I branched out beyond "the 12" as a young adult. I corresponded with him a little in recent years, and it was always a pleasure. We were debating whether AR had ever met Nevil Chute, as each had a similar yacht. Also Roger was interested to hear what I found when I went to nose through the Collingwood collection at Cardiff (still on my 'to do' list).
I didn't really know how old he was, but I occasionally wondered about scholars like him, who have amassed a lot of unique knowledge that isn't all written down. I never thought we'd need to ask him about passing his 'legacy' on before he went (how rude!), because I assumed there were decades more to go.
When we last spoke it seemed like there was enough material for another book (focussing on AR's Broads) but financial dangers in undertaking one, which was a shame.
Re-reading our correspondence has made me feel very sad.
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