The family of Orlando Rogers, a 26-year-old man from
Poole who died following a light aircraft crash at Witchampton near
Wimborne on Sunday, 15 May 2011, has paid tribute to
His family said: "With the greatest sadness we announce
the death of Orlando Rogers who resided in Poole, Dorset.
Orlando, aged 26 originally from Newton Abbot and Torquay leaves
behind his mother Julia, sister Jade, and girlfriend Kathryn.
"Serving as a Royal Marines Officer for 6 years, he
deployed throughout the world including Operational tours in
Northern Ireland and Afghanistan. Within a year of leaving
the Royal Marines he had established a successful business in
Maritime Security, employing many of his former comrades.
"It is understated to say that he was
immensely special to all who knew him. His unique
charisma, positive outlook and enthusiasm for life touched and
inspired all those around him. His death leaves an unfillable
void for his family and many friends and colleagues.
"His example on living life to the fullest
will never dissipate; whether it was rowing the Atlantic, racing
Zap Cats, sky diving or skiing. He died as he lived – in
action. He was always cheerful, full of fun and the spirit of
"On Sunday 15 May, Orlando was the passenger
in a friend’s 1930’s Tiger Moth light aircraft. At
approximately 1500 it came down in a field near Witchampton, Dorset. Orlando was
airlifted soon after to Dorchester hospital but he sadly passed
away at 2045 with his mother by his side.
"Orlando’s family would like to thank all his
wonderful friends and well-wishers for their support and kindness
and extend their love to everyone sharing this devastating