In Loving Memory of

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Rod Newman

As most of you will know our dad, Rod Newman, passed away at 1.30 pm on Monday the 21st of December. It will surprise none of you to hear that he fought until the very end and died on his terms, at home and holding our mum, Margaret’s, hand.

As a family, we have been overwhelmed by the messages of condolences and memories that we have received from you all, and that is the purpose of setting up this memorial page. If you wish, could you either cut and paste your message that you have already sent to us in the last few days, or even sit down and write something from scratch. Recently, we have learnt so much about what he meant to so many people, and we can’t help but think we have only scratched the surface.

As many of you will know, our Dad worked at Woodvale for most of his life. The motto there is “known to few but forgotten by none”. If you change two words in their motto, “few” to “many”, and “but” to “and” you end up with “known to many and forgotten by none”. We think this sums him up perfectly. We are all suffering following the death of our dad, but over time, this memorial page will give us a lasting memorial to what he was to you all and in time, when we are brave enough, we can truly celebrate these memories in a way that would fit the man he was.

Phil, Sarah, Cat and John x

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Alan Page

Rod was a unique and wonderful man and we will all miss him very much.  He was not only an exceptional pilot and flying instructor, but also a great mentor and friend.  I am convinced I would not have got into The RAF without his guidance and help.  Even now, and particularly after his …

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Hans Berger

Rod (or Roger as we affectionally used to call him) always made people feel welcome and at ease. I remember very well meeting him for the first time at Preston Station where he  picked us up with  “refreshments” waiting in the car. Over the years I had the chance to meet him in various …

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Isabelle Walls

My favourite photo of me and Great Uncle Rod xx …

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Isabelle Walls

My Great Uncle Rod was always a shining light and friendly face in my life. I remember staying with him and Margie when I travelled to England with my family when I was only very little. I have so many beautiful memories captured in pictures of my time with Rod including when we visited …

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Anna Walls

I am blessed to have spent time with Great Uncle Rod during my time visiting England from when I was 4 to 18 years old. When I was younger, my family would visit Margie and Rod and my sister and I would be spoiled with love and attention. As I got older, Margie and …

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Tommo

Rod, or “Control Room” to me, was full of life, enthusiasm and fun. Over the years he entertained me on many occasions; hosting alongside Margaret a group of John’s University friends at their home in Poulton, meals at Silvio’s and coming to the rescue of John, Matt and I when we were nearly stranded …

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Daniel Daw

Having met Cat and John at Manchester University I remember one of the first times I met Rod was at the family home in Poulton where a big group of us were celebrating John’s birthday. His unassuming and non-judgemental acceptance of everyone was a quality I saw repeated over and over every time I …

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Paul Campbell

Rod was a lovely guy. I first met him when he was doing tours of the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, when I worked there.  Later on, he was so kind to give my mum, my son and myself, a personal look around the Concorde at Brooklands. She’s always loved that aeroplane so for her …

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Tim Marsh

So sorry to hear this sad news. As an ex student from 1981 to 1984 on MASUAS I have great memories of this wonderful man. Like the inspirational school teacher that most people remember, Rod was my aviation equivalent. Having just dug out my flying logbook from that time though, I discover that we …

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Ian Morris

I’ll always remember Rod as a man whose advice you truly listened to, safe in the knowledge that he had been there and done that. Whether it was taking the time to talk me through routes into being a pilot after university, or giving me a pep talk before my best man’s speech at …

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Philip Boreham

  I first met Rod when he arrived on 213 Squadron (RAF Bruggen) in Germany in October 1967, flying the Canberra B(I)6, two years before the unit was disbanded when he was posted to 14 Squadron at Wildenrath on the B(I)8. They were carefree days, single officers most of us but Rod was different! …

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Basil Vracas

Rod was an absolute gentleman, a highly respected instructor and one who gave tremendous yet calm inspiration to us young hotheads. I first met Rod at RAF Woodvale in 1974 and along with so many others, thoroughly enjoyed flying with him. I am priviledged to have known him all these years and remember fondly …

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Tim Heslop

Such great memories as a young man and a friend of Phil’s visiting your home on the Fylde coast, a warm welcome and a friendly face from both yourself and Margaret, whatever we were up to. Over the years I have wondered at your escpades, an ever present influence on the lives of your …

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Jen Tye

Rod,  I write this while attending your funeral, albeit not in person.  I spoke from my heart in the recent video message, because I wanted you to know how much you influenced not only myself, but so many others. Many a circle has come around which has shown mutual companions. You have inspired several …

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Jen Tye

  Rod,  I write this while attending your funeral, albeit not in person.  I spoke from my heart in the recent video message, because I wanted you to know how much you influenced not only myself, but so many others. Many a circle has come around which has shown mutual companions. You have inspired …

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Anna Bartram

I’ll remember Rod as being so friendly and welcoming, with a big warm smile and always ready for a chat. I was struck by his continuous positivity, genuine interest in other people and definitely his cheeky sense of humour. Thinking of you all at this time and sending much love xx …

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Cassie Goldman

I didn’t have a father figure growing up. That changed the moment I met Rod. He told me I was his wild card the day I got interviewed for MASUAS. Rob Pickering and Phil Boundy were adament I wasn’t a fit. Over the next few years, Rod guided me and built my confidence in …

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Mike FitzGibbon

For my family, Rod Newman is such an inspiration, having lived such a fantastic life.  One of my favourite memories is my wife Faye and I spending a few days sailing under Captain Rod and Margaret, as friends of John and Helen.  Despite John and my attempts to sail directly into storm fronts and …

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Dave Hall

Reflecting on this very sad news, it’s hard to believe that the memories I have of Rod are now thirty years old.  My time at MASUAS was pivotal in shaping the rest of my life and Rod was a huge influence. He was highly-skilled as pilot but – more importantly –  he was warm, …

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Peter Churchill

What a man and what a life! I have such fond memories of being at the Newman house and always being so welcomed, despite some likely nonsense going on! In later years, it was always a pleasure to drop in or to be dropped in on when Rod and Margaret lived around the corner- …

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Bob Kirkham

Rod and I were friends for 55 years.  We first met and became friends in April 1965 when we were on the same course A the Initial Training School at RAF South Cernery,  ‘ Learning ‘ to be Officers and Pilots.   We then went on to be on to be on the same courses …

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Ian Dugmore

I first met Rod at RAF Woodvale in 1973 when he became my flying instructor on what was then Manchester University Air Squadron.  I was immediately struck by how much fun he was and how lucky I was to be one of his students.  He demonstrated by his own example the ‘work hard – …

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Jon Watt

Rod was just a fantastic person to be around – warm, witty, welcoming and got stuck into everything. From the moment I first met him, he always welcomed John’s moronic friends with charm, humour and patience. I remember playing golf with him and how much he enjoyed the chat – being “old in hair, …

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Danny Heathwood

Rod was warm, funny and very kind. I’ve got great memories of him and Margaret hosting us on cycling trips in Lake Como with John. Great company, good food, lots of wine and frequent trips for gelato. Magical memories. Sending my love to the Newman family. …

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Chris Hullin

Rod was one of those rare people who could put everybody at ease in his company. He was humorous, mischievous, generous in spirit and whenever I think about him I smile. I used to enjoy the conversations we had at the Drift golf club (rarely ever about golf) where he had an uncanny knack …

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