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Obit: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)

GUEST,Half of No Worries 22 Apr 09 - 10:46 AM
My guru always said 22 Apr 09 - 02:48 PM
Pierre Le Chapeau 22 Apr 09 - 05:27 PM
katlaughing 22 Apr 09 - 05:29 PM
vectis 22 Apr 09 - 06:11 PM
GUEST,Half of No Worries 22 Apr 09 - 06:22 PM
Richard Bridge 22 Apr 09 - 07:00 PM
GUEST,Dave Jenkins 22 Apr 09 - 09:33 PM
Richard Bridge 22 Apr 09 - 09:37 PM
katlaughing 22 Apr 09 - 10:25 PM
mg 22 Apr 09 - 11:19 PM
Richard Bridge 23 Apr 09 - 02:10 AM
VirginiaTam 23 Apr 09 - 02:23 AM
GUEST,Half of No Worries 23 Apr 09 - 03:56 AM
Bryn Pugh 23 Apr 09 - 04:28 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 23 Apr 09 - 07:43 AM
GUEST,Raena Bowling 23 Apr 09 - 11:53 AM
GUEST,Gill - Gundulf dancer 23 Apr 09 - 01:15 PM
GUEST 24 Apr 09 - 09:53 AM
Kev The Clogs 24 Apr 09 - 09:55 AM
GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper 24 Apr 09 - 09:55 AM
Richard Bridge 24 Apr 09 - 11:01 AM
GUEST,jo (neighbour) 24 Apr 09 - 01:12 PM
SINSULL 24 Apr 09 - 01:21 PM
VirginiaTam 24 Apr 09 - 01:58 PM
GUEST,Raena Bowling 24 Apr 09 - 02:34 PM
GUEST,John Hope - Only brother to Roger 24 Apr 09 - 02:52 PM
Wyrd Sister 24 Apr 09 - 02:56 PM
katlaughing 24 Apr 09 - 02:58 PM
GUEST,Gill - Bishop Gundulfs 24 Apr 09 - 03:31 PM
GUEST,Christine-"nursie" 24 Apr 09 - 04:06 PM
SINSULL 24 Apr 09 - 04:22 PM
Little Robyn 24 Apr 09 - 04:29 PM
Kev The Clogs 24 Apr 09 - 07:36 PM
GUEST,Sue and Eddie ( ex Gundulfs) 24 Apr 09 - 08:19 PM
GUEST,neighbour 25 Apr 09 - 03:00 AM
GUEST,Dave Jenkins (Ex-BG) 25 Apr 09 - 03:34 AM
The Barden of England 25 Apr 09 - 03:38 AM
VirginiaTam 25 Apr 09 - 04:54 AM
GUEST,Dave Jenkins (Ex-BG) 25 Apr 09 - 06:13 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 25 Apr 09 - 07:45 AM
Kev The Clogs 25 Apr 09 - 02:41 PM
sapper82 26 Apr 09 - 07:23 AM
GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper 26 Apr 09 - 04:56 PM
GUEST 27 Apr 09 - 07:08 AM
GUEST,Half of No Worries 27 Apr 09 - 07:12 AM
Bryn Pugh 27 Apr 09 - 07:58 AM
GUEST 27 Apr 09 - 09:04 AM
GUEST,Roj 27 Apr 09 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,Guest 27 Apr 09 - 09:31 AM
katlaughing 27 Apr 09 - 12:18 PM
My guru always said 27 Apr 09 - 03:22 PM
Kev The Clogs 27 Apr 09 - 06:39 PM
GUEST,Cheryl 27 Apr 09 - 06:45 PM
Pistachio 28 Apr 09 - 06:43 PM
GUEST,Karen and Dal The Good Intent 29 Apr 09 - 05:16 AM
Emma B 29 Apr 09 - 05:26 AM
Half of No Worries 01 May 09 - 02:12 PM
GUEST,John Hope - Brother to Roger Hope 05 May 09 - 11:26 AM
Roj 07 May 09 - 05:15 AM
GUEST 07 May 09 - 05:35 AM
GUEST,sarah fishman 12 May 09 - 06:35 PM
GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper 13 May 09 - 05:32 AM
Half of No Worries 20 May 09 - 12:25 PM
GUEST,Paul Hope Nephew of Roger 26 Mar 10 - 12:34 PM
GUEST,wife of late brother paul hope, and niece br 27 Mar 10 - 04:12 PM
GUEST,John Hope - Brother to Roger 14 Apr 10 - 01:22 PM
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Subject: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing
From: GUEST,Half of No Worries
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 10:46 AM

Roger Hope, previously a morris man with the Bishop Gundolf team Rochester and also a keen bird watcher, has been missing since soon after Easter when he failed to turn up for work at Upbury Manor School Gillingham. Worried friends would ask that any information as to his whereabouts be passed to the police at Medway as soon as possible.
Thank you.
Marion and Brian


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing
From: My guru always said
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 02:48 PM

How awful! Sending positive thoughts that he'll be found safe and sound!!!


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 05:27 PM

I hope he turns up safe and well?


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 05:29 PM

We've a young man missing thread in the BS section, too. Unrelated, yet both worthy of and in need of our good thoughts and assistance. May they both be found, now.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: vectis
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 06:11 PM

How about a link to a photo of Roger so we will recognise him if we see him...


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Half of No Worries
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 06:22 PM

Photo link is a great idea.
Thanks for that.
Marion


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 07:00 PM

He is alleged to have been driving a Skoda. That maybe the other half of his worries. Seriously though we are trying to get the registration number. Incidentally, it's "Gundulf".

Roger is in his 60s, small, but spry-ish. I'll see if I can find a photo on the BG site.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Dave Jenkins
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 09:33 PM

I have a couple of photos of Roger if you cannot find any on the BG archives Richard. I notice that one has already appeared in the local press.
         Dave-Ex Gundulf


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundolf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 09:37 PM

Thank you Dave. Nothing on my network drive and nothing on the BG site. Dilligaf may have one.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 10:25 PM

There is a picture and info HERE.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: mg
Date: 22 Apr 09 - 11:19 PM

How sad. One thing I recommend is to start another thread for people wishing to send postiive thoughts and keep this for practical considerations that might be painful for the family to consider.

Have they checked the hospitals, and put out flyers etc? Are there bad canyon roads that a car could have slipped over, in which case people could search on foot for any evidence of a car going over...

Is there reason to suspect foul play? I sort of doubt it, but you never know. Had he shown signs of Alzheimer's? Was he depressed about a relationship, a job layoff? Gambling problems? Not sure where he was located. COuld he have gone on a trip and gotten himself very lost in the wilderness, which we have over here for sure, but I am not sure how wild your area is. Did he generally carry a cell phone? Could he have just gotten fed up with things and walked away?

I think the more people who are looking for him, the better off he is if there has been an accident or sudden illness etc. mg


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 02:10 AM

Thank you for your helpful thoughts, but this is Kent, England, MG. We have no "canyon roads" nor "wilderness" nor anything similar. I understand that Roger was depressed, but for no obvious reason of which I am aware, and I have heard that his medicine is not with him. Roger was socially normal (well, normal for a Morrisman and bird watcher) and in steady employment, which rules out Alzheimers.

I am sure he had a mobile phone. The North Kent marshes can be treacherous, but as an experienced birdwatcher I am sure he would not have been silly enough to try to walk on the ooze.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 02:23 AM

I am wondering if he was an keen bird watcher, were there any publicised bird migrations / activities that perhaps he went to see? A check with the RSPB might give some direction to the search.

Surely the police should be able to get his car registration info from the DVLA.

Says he used to be part of Bishop Gundulf Morris. When did he leave the side?


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Half of No Worries
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 03:56 AM

Many thanks to local friends who have passed on all the information and suggestions that they have to the police. (Roger's mobile phone was found in his flat). Thanks also to katlaughing for the link.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 04:28 AM

Good thoughts and wishes from Erica and Bryn


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 07:43 AM

Rogers employer would be able to say weather he had booked any leave in regards to holidays or indeed if he had packed his job in unexpectedly?
Passport control would know if he had boarded a plane. The passport office would know if he had a passport. Being a local Man too Rochester and with his Morris background "Lets all hope he may turns up unexpectedly at the forth coming Sweeps events.,

Regards Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Raena Bowling
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 11:53 AM

Roger, loved and trusted colleague had arranged to meet friends on Saturday the 25th April to celebrate his birthday in Upnor. He was last seen in Rochester on Tuesday drinking with a friend, lets hope he is looking at nice birds in this beautiful weather and will turn up on Saturday. Roger if you read this find my number in your local pub and give me a call as i know you havent got your phone.

With Love Cyril from your Doris (Raena). x


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Gill - Gundulf dancer
Date: 23 Apr 09 - 01:15 PM

May help but Roger's car is a dark blue Skoda Fabia with dent in roof. Everyone please keep an eye out hopefully he'll turn up by Saturday sure everyone wants to buy him a drink and he never could resist a free pint!

And for you Roger - hope you see all these wonderful thoughts and best wishes for your safe return. Been keeping in touch with Dave and Brian and we dont care if you've buggered off just let someone know, please. Your(sis)- Gillxx


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:53 AM

Roger is still part of Bishop Gundulf's Morris - he has not danced for us for a year or so, due to the usual "not getting any younger" things that we morris people get. He was due to attend our afternoon of dance this Saturday 25th at The King's Arms - we had proposed that this would be a party type day to celebrate his 6oth Birthday.

We too, hope that this is all something silly and that he will turn up on Saturday.

Fingers crossed.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:55 AM

Sorry - last post was by me, at work, without loggiing in!!

Kev


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 09:55 AM

my mum and dad are both concerned (sue and Eddie) and are hoping he's just gone for a while, but will be back....
my dad agrees that he'd never turn down the possibility of a nice pint...lets hope he turns up tomorrow!

we'll be letting the east kent lot know and to keep an eye out

all the best for his safe return..i've known Roger since I was teeny!

Charlotte (Dillie) x


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 11:01 AM

A thought: the new permissive path along the waterside in Rochester is flat and probably twitchable, and if you were to lean over the new concrete banks, it would dump you in Medway mud.

If I have time I'll have a look in the principal car parks for such purposes to see if I see a dented Skoda (can't be many of those in Rochester, eh?) on the way to Fort Amhurst tonight.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,jo (neighbour)
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 01:12 PM

his car was found a few days ago near river in rochester. hope he hopped on the train and just went off for a break xx


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 01:21 PM

Roger and Ezra are in my prayers.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 01:58 PM

All very worrying. The Medway has the 2nd strongest current in the UK.

Are the police checking the river?


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Raena Bowling
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 02:34 PM

Hi, to the founder of thissite can you please giver me a call on 07973 501427 i have news on Roger and do not wish to write it on this blog

Rae Friene and work friend of roger Cyill X X


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,John Hope - Only brother to Roger
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 02:52 PM

I regret to say that Roger is no longer with us. Sadly he felt it necessary to take his own life and our relatively small family will miss him dreadfully.

May I thank all those who have forwarded their wishes that he would be found safely and special thanks go to those of you who have undertaken your own search for him during this past week.

Best wishes to the Bishop Gundulf Morris team and thanks again for your help and support.

Kindest regards

John


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man Missing-Roger Hope
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 02:56 PM

John, I'm sorry to hear this. I hope your family can somehow take strength from all the good feeling here. That sounds trite but is sincere.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man OBIT-Roger Hope
From: katlaughing
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 02:58 PM

Thank you, John, for letting us know. There are no words, but please know you have our sympathies and appreciation for taking the time to come in here.


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Subject: RE: Bishop Gundulf Morris Man OBIT-Roger Hope
From: GUEST,Gill - Bishop Gundulfs
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 03:31 PM

So sorry to hear the news. Rog was a wonderful character and I personally will miss the old bugger dreadfully. x


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Christine-"nursie"
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:06 PM

John,so sorry to hear the sad news, I worked with Roger for only 3 1/2 years, I liked him, he had a heart of gold. God Bless


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:22 PM

I am so sorry, John. There isn't much else to say.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Little Robyn
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 04:29 PM

That's very sad.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 07:36 PM

On behalf of Bishop Gundulf's Morris, we are all so sad to hear this news. We were dancing tonight at Fort Amherst and were told at the end of our stand. We were supposed to sing and play afterwards, but we decided to go to a local pub instead and sing and play songs that he sang and liked. What WAS planned as his Birthday bash at Upnor on Saturday will now be in celebration of his life. Our thoughts are with his family.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Sue and Eddie ( ex Gundulfs)
Date: 24 Apr 09 - 08:19 PM

We were very sorry to here the news earlier on this evening and shall miss him very much. Although we had not seen much of him lately as we have moved from the area we always looked out for him at the Sweeps Festival and at Broadstairs and it won't be the same without him. Will anything be happening at the sweeps to commemerate him as we feel we would like to say our goodbyes. Can someone let us know of the funeral arrangements too please.

Sue


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,neighbour
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 03:00 AM

Im so sad that roger couldnt talk through his problems.It was lovely to meet u John and if i can help in any way please ask.
My thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time.

Jo (neighbour)


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Dave Jenkins (Ex-BG)
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 03:34 AM

It has not really sank in yet. Although I cannot be in Kent for the BG do today my thoughts will be with all who knew him. If someone could sing "the parting glass" at some time I would be most grateful. Keep me informed please via Gill of any further arrangements if possible.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: The Barden of England
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 03:38 AM

So sorry to hear this news. I remember Roger as a friendly character who always had the time of day. My thoughts are with you John.
John Barden


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 04:54 AM

Don't know what to say. Sympathies to all who knew Roger. I am sorry that I did not get to meet and know him. My thoughts with the BG today at Upnor.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Dave Jenkins (Ex-BG)
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 06:13 AM

The Medway Messenger now has a report on the finding of Roger in the River. It is available online. Although very sad it does include a picture of Rog smiling. That is how I shall remember him.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 07:45 AM

So sorry to hear this sad news,
Kindest Regards.Pierre,


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 25 Apr 09 - 02:41 PM

Dave, the BG web site has now been updated. I have placed a piece about "Our Rog" on the first page - it uses the same photo that you mentioned in your post above. Gill is writing a piece that I will use to make a dedicated page to Roger for the months ahead.

We had a great day today, at Upnor!! We danced well, and we sang well!! He would have been proud - both the way that we wore the Green and Yellow and the way that we WERE the Green and Yellow!!!

We sang "The Parting Glass" last night in The King George V, and I sang "When All Men Sing" - both seemed appropriate and summed up the feelings of all that were there!!

Hope to see you soon.

Kev
Steward for Bishop Gundulf's Morris


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: sapper82
Date: 26 Apr 09 - 07:23 AM

Oh bugger. What can one say? Condolences and sympathy's all sound so feeble and in adequate at times like this.
All one can do is remember him as he was and celebrate his life, rather than the manner of his passing.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper
Date: 26 Apr 09 - 04:56 PM

I'd like to echo what my mum and dad (sue and eddie) wrote above - he was a lovely man, one of the truly old school gundulf lot, who would always be kind, and knew some great songs to boot. People like roger are to me considered part of the wider folk family I've grown up with.

May he rest in peace. Let's have a pint for him at sweeps.

Charlotte xx


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 07:08 AM

Brian and I heard the sad news after our long spot at the Crabble Mill. We chose to sing Molly Mallone in the set as this now and will forever include the extra verse he wrote for it.
We have so many good memories of Roger.
Our condolences to John and his family and to all of Roger's friends.
Rest in peace Roger
from the whole Rodgers family xxx


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: GUEST,Half of No Worries
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 07:12 AM

Sorry ,the above posting is from me. Brian is adding his own thoughts as I type.
Marion


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Bryn Pugh
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 07:58 AM

Truly sorry to hear this.

Our thoughts, prayers, good wishes and condolences go to his family and friends.

Erica and Bryn


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:04 AM

I first knew Roger whilst at Gillingham Grammar School in the 1960's, where he was for a while leader of the school orchestra, in which we both played. He left school and we went our separate ways, he being 3 years older than I. Upon returning to the area in 1975 as a qualified teacher employed at Upbury Manor School, imagine my surprise to find Roger was the school CDT technician, car mechanics instructor (remember ROSLA?), and most fascinating of all, a folkie!

We became firm friends and spent much of our free time together, singing at sessions, in a school staff folk group, and just going for a drink as mates. He invited us to go to Gundulf's stands, encouraging us to join in the singing.

He became a significant part of our extended family group when Marion and I were blessed with our two sons, Joe and Nick, becoming Uncle Roger to the boys, famous (in our house at least) for his "really wild" bedtime stories, populated by "really wild" characters and animals. Although I left Upbury in 1987, the friendship endured, and he continued to visit the house on a regular basis.
That he never made it to Australia when we lived there for a while was a source of regret, but he enjoyed the photos and videos when we got back, and could understand our enthusiasm for the place. It was after our return from Oz that Marion and I became more involved in music performance, and as ever, there was Roger encouraging and coming to the gigs to offer support. Indeed once, when my brain dried up and the words wouldn't come to "Constant Lovers", a song he had (clearly only partially) taught me, from the next room in The Neptune came a voice clear and true with the next line - it was Roger to the Rescue!

He introduced me to the unalloyed joys of the Man of Kent Alehouse, amongst other purveyors of fine, "proper beer, not that fizzy muck"

He taught me a bit about gardening (my failing, not his, that I'm still a novice). He engendered in the whole family an interest in and respect for the countryside, it's wildlife and all things traditional.

That he became rather withdrawn and sad over the last few years worried Marion and me, but we found ourselves powerless to help him deal with his gremlins. I (like so so many others I imagine) know that help was just a 'phone call away; that there must have been something I could have done to help.

I/we tried and failed. Roger will be missed more than he could imagine. He was, and will always be, an intrinsic part of my family's life and remembrance. He was a good bloke, a loyal and fine friend. He deserved better.

God Bless

Brian


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: GUEST,Roj
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:05 AM

It was me above - sorry

brian


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 09:31 AM

So sorry to hear the very sad news. Our thoughts are with Roger's family.

Roger was a lovely man and I've known him since I was in my teens.

Rest in peace Roger - You will never be forgotten.

Michelle (Frances Napper's daughter - ex Gundulf) and Roy (ex gundulf)

P.S. If anyone can let us know when the funeral is, I'd be very grateful.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 12:18 PM

Brian, obviously a lot of us on here didn't know Roger, being across the pond as we are, but I thank you, anyway, for telling us more about your friendship and what he was like and meant to you and your family. Our lives are touched by your and others' sharing with us. Thank you.

kat


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: My guru always said
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 03:22 PM

So very sorry to see this sad news. Though I didn't know him it appears that another good soul has passed from us. My condolences.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 06:39 PM

Brian - that was SO lovely. Can I use parts of what you have posted on the dedicated page that I have done for "Our Rog" on the BG Web site?

Kev


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Cheryl
Date: 27 Apr 09 - 06:45 PM

Very sad to hear of this news, Roger taught me at school many moons ago and i also knew him later on through the folk scene.
My thoughts go out to Roger's family.

Cheryl


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Pistachio
Date: 28 Apr 09 - 06:43 PM

I didn't know Roger. I've read all the posts and I wonder if he knew how much he meant to so many.
May he rest in peace.
H.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Karen and Dal The Good Intent
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 05:16 AM

such sad sad news, and just as sad that we could not help his troubled soul


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: Emma B
Date: 29 Apr 09 - 05:26 AM

There's little I can add except to pass on my condolences to all touched by this sad loss.

"Give sorrow words, grief has need to speak"
Shakespeare


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: Half of No Worries
Date: 01 May 09 - 02:12 PM

Many of you have been asking about funeral arrangements for Roger. We understand that these will be passed on as soon as possible but there will be a necessary delay. Flaming lanterns in honour of Roger and absent friends, launched at dawn from Bluebell Hill prior to the Jack in the Green ceremony, was a moving gesture in the interim. Thanks to Bishop Gundulf Morris side.
Marion


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,John Hope - Brother to Roger Hope
Date: 05 May 09 - 11:26 AM

I would like to inform you that Roger's body will be released from the coroner's office tomorrow and that Funeral arrangements can now be made.

I have therefore arranged for Roger to be Cremated at the Medway, Crematorium, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham at 1.40 on Tuesday 12th May 2009. His family will be celibrating Rogers life at this time and his friends [extended family] will be most welcome to join us in our farewells. Roger's ashes will then be scattered in the same glade as his mother and father at Blue Bell Hill. Please do not send flowers, but if you do wish to make a donation, we feel that Roger's beloved charity, the RSPB should be the receipient and I will try and ensure that such donations are directed into a project closest to Roger's heart.

After the funeral, you are also most welcome to join the family for a last drink at Roger's old haunt, The Good Intent, John Street, Rochester and my wife Rona and I look forward to meeting some of his friends in more informal surroundings on that occasion.

Thank you all again for your support and consideration.

Kindest regards

Rona and John Hope


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: Roj
Date: 07 May 09 - 05:15 AM

refresh - don't want anyone to get the date/time wrong


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST
Date: 07 May 09 - 05:35 AM

hi to all that knew roger and especially to the bishop gundolfs for setting up this page for us to respond. roger(mr Hope) was my metalwork teacher i very long time ago,he said once id "make a good welder"!! he was a great teacher and funny too, he, unlike lots teachers at upbury manor at that time acually cared about his pupils and was always supportive and helpful. he stuck in my mind as one of those teachers you always remember with affection. years later i met up with roger again at the sweeps festivel when my son ashley was in the sweeps parade as a chimneysweep(until my son got much older and objected to dressing up!) roger was then a morris dancer and we used to go and see him dance. roger also became a frequent drinker (real ale) at the britannia bar where i used to catch up with him...

It was such a shock to me that roger had gone missing like that and it saddened me that he ended it like that. I amongst others would like to pass on my heartfelt sorrow and sympathy to his family and his many friends all of us i know worked hard to find him. and i would very much like to attend rogers funeral in support of the many years of good he gave to us. sarah fishman


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,sarah fishman
Date: 12 May 09 - 06:35 PM

to all those who came to calebrate rogers life today, all i can say is you did him proud! and i know he would have loved to have been there!!! (sign of a goood wake!!) it was so heartwarming for me to see so many people i knew!!(thankyou to to brian amd marion rogers for coming and greeting me straight away i was so nervous!!) i was very apprehensive to go and took all my courage to go to the funeral thinking i wouldnt know anyone; but still i felt it was the right thing to do regardless of the apprehension. but as i turned out through roger in his innocent way we all knew each other. just goes to show that he was a bringer togetherer(as us upbury shool pupils used to say!!) that was his thing; even though people didnt realise it; he was a clever man in his own right.many thanks to the bishop gundolfs for a great sing song and dancing his family looked totally pleased at the (gatecrashers oops!! i mean attendees)!! all so heartfelt and they knew it, i hope it gave them a warm feeling that roger was such a popular young man!!
many many thanks too to karen and dall for an amazing buffet and warm welcome.
sarah fishman


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,charlotte the oast ouse opper
Date: 13 May 09 - 05:32 AM

I was sorry not to be able to get there ....a roof fell on some children in Minster, and I am the main link between the NHS and KCC regarding child health arrangements when just this sort of thing happens!

Charlotte


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 0
From: Half of No Worries
Date: 20 May 09 - 12:25 PM

If you were unable to attend Roger's funeral you may like to read the poem which Roger's Uncle composed and read as the eulogy for Roger. I feel it makes a fitting closure for this thread. My thanks to "Uncle" Ivan for sending a copy to me to share with you.
Together we certainly gave Roger a memorable send off!

We are gathered here this afternoon,
To pay our last respects
To speed farewell to Roger
From this world to the next.

A gentle man in all his ways,
And a man of many parts
But now he's gone, I'm sure we'll find
A space in all our hearts.

The lives he touched, the friends he made
Within those sixty years
Of happy times remembered,
There's bound to be some tears.

He was a nature lover of birds
On river, marsh and forest
And an enthusiastic member
Of the Bishop Gundulf Morris.

And in their company, so I am told,
He would join in songs of Kent
And down a pint of good real ale
When in the "Good Intent".

For now he's left us, so we will all
Have memories that we share,
And as we gaze up to the dawning sky
For ever he will be there.

God rest your soul dear Roger,
Fond recollections too
From family, friends and loved ones
And all those dear to you.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,Paul Hope Nephew of Roger
Date: 26 Mar 10 - 12:34 PM

Omg I can't believe Roger has gone, we lost touch a few years ago and i put his name and address into Google and these lovely posts popped up :(

From what i've read Roger had a great many friends who loved him dearly and for that i am so happy, John if you are reading this or if anyone knows where i can contact John or Rona please please can you pass on my phone number either 01437 760225 or 07778 313833...... i can't really say much as i'm in shock all i know is that my dad Paul Hope snr and Roger will hopefully be living it up and having fun.... love to you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,wife of late brother paul hope, and niece br
Date: 27 Mar 10 - 04:12 PM

i am shocked to hear of rogers death after a whole year, and only found out by chance. and am upset at not being told and missing his funeral. rogers brother paul, my late husband and i were very good friends for years, and i thank all his friends for giving him the wonderful funeral that i was unable to give him. thank you all barbara hope, wife of rogers late brother paul.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Roger Hope, Bishop Gundulf Morris (Apr 09)
From: GUEST,John Hope - Brother to Roger
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:22 PM

It is exactly one year ago that Roger took his own life under such tragic circumstances and yet there is not a day goes by that he does not enter the thoughts of my wife and I. We miss him ringing during half terms and holidays when he usually came to visit us and we miss his dry sense of humour. In short - we just miss him!

I would however, like to take this opportunity of thanking you all once again, for the support and kindness that you have shown us and for the help and understanding given during a very trying time.

Best wishes to you all and especially Gundulph

Regards

Rona and John


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