7.24 AM Wednesday 26 November 2014

Family pays tribute to Orlando Rogers

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 him.

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.

Orlando Rogers who died following a light aircraft crash on Sunday 15 May 2011"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 adventure.

"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 news."