Rod Starmer – Surrey Ravens
It is with sadness that we note the passing of Rod Starmer last weekend in East Surrey Hospital.
Rod was a stalwart of the cycling – and
As well as cycling, Rod was a keen fell walker and an important figure in the Wainwright Society and was friends with Alfred Wainwright himself. He was a toolmaker by trade and used his engineering skills to help his wife, Jo, when her mobility became impaired, creating a modified wheelchair in which he could push her up the lake district climbs.
He was an animal lover who took in rescue dogs – normally great danes – and he also kept a small donkey sanctuary. Jo and the dogs often accompanied him to events and, on one occasion, to Buckingham Palace.
Rod was a family man, acting as carer for his wife Jo until she passed away in 2015. He had four children, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.