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 particularly time-trialling – scene in the London South district. He promoted the Southern Counties100 event for over 30 years, eschewing modern tools such as computers and relying upon pen and paper. He served on the London South committee for many years, several of them as district secretary and also as SCCU president.

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.