Roger's son, Michael, himself a former Wasps FC player, passed on the sad news this morning:
"He was a Wasp through and through and the whole family have lived, slept and breathed the Club since he joined from school.
"As soon as we know funeral arrangements we will provide details but Mum wanted to let you all know at this sad time."
Roger was a regular 1st team player from the 60s and 70s (even turning out for Wasps on their first day trip to the coast!), the Club's Keeper of records (with a keen eye for accuracy, often keeping Wasps' AGM on the right track), a Middlesex CRFU rep & much, much more besides.
Off the field, Roger, and his wife, Margaret, have been key members of Wasps Society of Devoted Supporters fundraiser for more years than I have had the privilege to attend -- Roger as Master of Ceremonies and Margaret organising an ever expanding raffle.
Rob Newton, Wasps Former Players' Admin, added, "For me personally, Wellies was a good mate and we played rugby for many years. He was a great Nomad and Easter tourist and was renowned for his reverse pass which didn't actually go to anyone in particular but went far enough for one of us to actually latch onto it.
"He was a fairly good hooker with his feet but a much better one using his head!
"We are all going to miss the opportunity to dunk his tie in his beer glass. Over the years he was never quick enough to stop us. Wellies, we will all miss you mate."
The funeral to celebrate the life of Roger Skinner will take place at 12.45pm on Tuesday 23 April at:
Middlesex HA4 7SJ
The family would also like to invite you to join them afterwards for refreshments and the opportunity to reminisce at:
Acton W3 9QA
We believe a significant number of people may wish to pay their respects which we hope will include joining us at Wasps. If you intend to travel to Wasps, please can you RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP so the appropriate catering can be arranged.
Close family flowers only please. If you would like to make a donation in Roger's memory, a JustGiving page in aid of the British Heart Foundation has been set up and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wellies2.
Kind regards to you all.
Margaret, Michael and Peter
Roger will be sadly missed. Once a Wasp, Always a Wasp!
Updated 18:21 - 8 Jun 2019 by Dom Benson