Roy Lendrum, one of our long-standing Honorary Vice-Presidents, passed last Wednesday following a period of ill health culminating in pneumonia, whilst under treatment in Northwick Park Hospital.
Roy had been unable to attend the club again after celebrating his 85th birthday, together with John Hart and John (Tub) Bryant whose birthday it was too (as in picture below) and had been pretty well house bound for the last five years, being looked after at home by his younger brother, Colin.
Although a very long-term member of Thames Tradesmen, since their time at “The Ship” pub and, from 1962, the old boathouse next to MAA on the Surrey bank: Roy joined us in 1985 – being disinclined to move with Tradesmen down to the council boathouse at Barnes Bridge – seeing the move as an error of judgment and much preferring the company and comradeship of “Stan’s gang” at MAA.
On joining, Roy immediately set to and continued with a wide range of building improvements and maintenance projects and financed the club’s acquisition of equipment where he saw a need which would remain otherwise unfulfilled.
He was most active in L2R activities, competing at various Heads and coaching beginners over a number of years.
Roy will be interned in his mother’s grave on Canvey Island/Benfleet. Only family to attend – his brother Colin, sister Rose and niece Samantha, along with local Canvey Islanders.
Roy would have been 91 years in September.