It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Roger Farnworth on Tuesday 22nd January in Treliske Hospital following complications arising during an exploratory operation to remove a lymph node.
Roger was born in Truro, went to the University of Bristol and also studied in London. With his wife Laura, from Jersey, and his children Cathy and Tristan, Roger worked for four years in Zambia during the 1960s and then Saudi Arabia for one year, and he also lived in Tresillian, Holywell Bay and Ireland. He came to The Rookery, Warleggan in 1970 with his family. For over four decades Roger was an active member of the community and the church. He was Intellectual Events Officer for Mensa and was in the process of planning ten very different conferences all around the country for this year. Roger was one of the North Cornwall Seven group of painters, as well as being a member of several Cornish poetry groups, the Julian Group, the local United Nations Association, and many others. He spent much time thinking his way into the ancient past and was a valued contributor to Cornish archaeology. For him, the landscape in the parish was holy and he loved this place.
>> see also: Roger's Obituary ~ Renga ~ Poetry Day ~ Roger's Day ~ Roger's Charities ~ Paintings Exhibition
The Memorial Service took place on Tuesday 12th February at St Bartholomew’s Church in Warleggan – see service booklet. It was followed by a light lunch at the parish’s Jubilee Hall in Mount, where some of Roger’s paintings and other memorabilia were on display. A private cremation took place the following day.
Roger supported many charities, and the family asked that donations to these charities be made, rather than flowers, and more than a thousand pounds was raised – see the Roger’s charities page.
Should you wish, the family would welcome stories, photographs of Roger’s friends and indeed anything to put in a scrapbook celebrating his life. These can be sent by email or by post to Mr Tristan Farnworth and Ms Cathy Farnworth, The Rookery, Warleggan, Near Bodmin, Cornwall PL30 4HB.
See also our report about Roger’s Day, held on Sunday October 27th 2013.
For more information, please contact Roger’s daughter, Cathy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about Roger:
- A more detailed obituary
- Creative and spiritual, Roger was a champion of the moor (published in Cornish Guardian)
- A tribute from Tony Greenstein
- A selection of Roger’s photos, paintings and poems
- A video (2001) in which Roger is seen vividly describing his experience sleeping in a tent, in the rain, in Port Eliot…
Roger and Wind Turbines:
- “The Wind Farm: Elegy for a Cornish Village” – a poem written by Roger (Aug. 2012)
- “Reconciling the Wind Farm Rivals” – Roger discusses the green options available (Nov. 2012)
- “Protect our Cornish Landscape from Wind Turbines” – drawn up by Roger and lodged with Cornwall Council, this online petition stands as the most popular of all the petitions currently open for signature.
- A submission to Cornwall Council’s Scrutiny Management Committee as it discusses Roger’s petition to protect the Cornish landscape from wind turbines – the submission was drawn up by Cornwall Protect, working in partnership with Roger’s daughter Cathy, and presented to the Committee on 7th June 2013.