Rod Newman

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 late one night near Dalwhinnie on a cycle trip, are just a few.  He had a fantastic sense of humour and loved a story. However, one memory that really stands out was when I took my two daughters and some friends to the Brooklands Museum a few years ago. He spent the best part of a couple of hours taking us around the museum, sitting with us in the cockpit of Concorde and enthusiastically explaining the history of the plane and various facts about it. My daughters and their friends had never met Rod, but they warmed to him quickly, enjoying listening to his anecdotes and chatting away. He was a man who put people at ease whilst also entertaining them. Rest in peace Rod….and sorry again for scuffing up the golf course in Como.  Love Tommo x


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