On a quintessentially rainy autumn English day , Roy Merrell’s funeral took place at The East London Crematorium. The funeral chapel service was conducted beautifully by Fr Paul Kennington, Vicar of St Andrew’s Church , Leytonstone
In abundant attendance were a diverse group of family , friends and folks whose lives he had touched , influenced or mentored in so many ways.
My interaction with him were both online and offline via social media and such . Much was discussed ,often differed amicably upon but always of calibre and thoughtfulness redolent
He was a long standing member of our FORA and wider community .Sadly the dates we had bandied about for me to go and visit him in his last weeks did not work out mutually and then it was too late .. The best laid plans of mice and men and all that …
He passed peacefully with his family around on the 14th of October 2017 .
He did not suffer fools gladly but kindness and thoughtfulness were the signature of this scholar and gentleman .
It is remarkable that one of the things he took pains to mention even in his last days , were ‘Don”t forget to ring Tony’ (myself )
Roy Merrell , you shall be missed , your legacy lives on
In deepest empathy with the Merrell family and clan
Deputy Chair FORA