Gordon Agnew

1951 - 2008


Kemble 2005 - Gordon Agnew introducing his Grandson to Rollers.

Known by many in the preservation world through through his role as Sales Officer of the Road Roller Association, Gordon Agnew died in a tragic road accident on the afternoon of Thursday 31 January 2008. He was born a Lancastrian, coming into this world in Preston on 18 March 1951, and had two bothers and a sister.

Gordon was the friendly face of the Association and had served it well for nearly twenty years as a Committee Member and Sales Officer. The sales stand had flourished under his guidance from being in his caravan awning at Great Dorset in 1989 to the huge marquee of recent years. Over the years he built up a regular pattern of rallies where he would attend with the stand and he was able to build up a loyal band of helpers.

Away from rallying, Gordon rebuilt and cherished a Series One Land Rover and had a soft spot for the Tiger Moth bi-plane, so for Gordon the Kemble rally was a joy with loitering Tiger Moths and other associated bits of aviation kit to look at or have a go on! At the age of 50 he felt he should do something big, so he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with daughter Emily! He also had two allotments, delved into industrial archaeology, loved poetry and music, and really was a pleasure in good company. This quiet gentleman really did live life at full tilt, yet he always found time for a chat.

Gordon was involved in the establishment of the Chiltern Marshall Preservation Group in the early 1990's to restore, maintain and run the Devon County Council Marshall 10 ton S type Steam Roller 85106.

The funeral was help on Wednesday 13 February in the East Chapel of Southampton Crematorium and was attended by an Aveling and Porter Roller and a Burrel Showman's Tractor. That a Showman's engine should turn out for him, a roller man, would have appealed to his irreverent sense of humour! Being the modest man that he was, he would have been astounded at the chapel being utterly packed to capacity, indeed overflowing. Such was the man. He really will be missed and we have lost a truly good man.

Teri Baker