Roger had worked at our salerooms, Cooper and Tanner, for many years, at one point managing both the general and antique rooms for weekly sales. This was a demanding role, but he was never less than enthusiastic and accommodating to both fellow staff members and clients.
The latter always appreciated Roger’s extensive knowledge of antiques in general, but it was in the field of horology that he excelled; his knowledge of clocks of all ages was encyclopaedic. He not only knew the history of clocks and the names and career of every clock maker – he knew how to repair and renovate them too.
He was entirely self-taught and was the best kind of expert - he knew his stuff but would neither brag nor bluster about it.
Roger will be greatly missed by all of his saleroom colleagues, past and present, as well as by many of us in the wider Cooper and Tanner family. We all send our condolences to Roger’s family.
He was the most wonderful, kind man, always happy and laughing, ready to share his knowledge and a true gentleman. We will all miss him dearly.
Quintyn Howard-Evans, senior partner, Cooper and Tanner