Tristan da Cunha celebrates the lives of islanders who have passed away.

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Death Announcement for Stella Rogers

We regret to announce the death of Stella Rogers, who passed away on the 13th March 2020 aged 77 years.

She was born Stella Rebecca Rogers on 15th November 1942. She married Joseph Glass in Fawley, England in 1962 and gave birth to Carlene in 1967. Joseph tragically drowned near the Hillpiece in August 1969. Stella remarried in 1974, to Ronald Rogers.

Our condolences go to her husband Ronald, daughter Carlene Glass-Green, son-in-law Grant Green and grandson Justin Green.

We expect to post a full obituary in due course.

The late Stella Rogers

Obituary for Barney Swain

Barney SwainBy Emma Swain

Barney Terence Swain passed away on 9th December 2019 aged 70. Barney was the only child of Leslie and Doris Swain (née Lavarello) and was born on 9th October 1949. Barney was married to the late Frances Swain (nee Green) and they had three children.

Barney was evacuated to the UK in 1961 along with the other islanders after the volcano erupted and told many stories of his time in the UK. After returning to Tristan he worked in the fishing factory and was skilled in electrical and refrigeration work. Like many island men, Barney loved the sea and was always willing to go as a boat crew member when needed. He was coxswain of the fishing company barge ferrying passengers and cargo to and from visiting ships. After retiring from the factory Barney helped out on fishing days as coxswain of the Sea Spray ferrying lobster from the fishing boats back to the harbour. Barney was also coxswain of the longboat Lorna and enjoyed many trips to Nightingale Island over the years, never passing on the opportunity to once again make the trip across to the island. Barney enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, and when he was able he enjoyed walks to the mountain, Caves, Stoney Beach and Sandy Point. Barney will be remembered for his willingness to help others, love of music and dancing and kindness to everyone. He is greatly missed by his sons Adrian and Nicholas, daughters-in-law Samantha and Emma and grandchildren Ryan, Lucas, April and Tyler.

Obituary for Lewis Glass

By Dawn Repetto

Lewis Edward Glass known to his family and friends as 'Lulu', passed away on 19th February 2019, aged 70. He was born to parents Godfrey and Cathleen Glass (née Green) on 6th April 1948. He was one of three children and married Yvonne Repetto on 26th June 1969 and had two sons, Trevor and Simon.

Lewis played many roles within the community. He was employed at the fish factory and partnered Eric Glass to fish for lobster and then took on a young apprentice Wayne Swain until his retirement. Lewis also partnered Harold Green to fish on the MFV Hekla for a month. He was a Special Constable for the Police Department and would assist there when the need arose, whether it be policing work or as immigration officer for the cruise ships. When the island's policeman was absent, he also took over as Head of the Police Department. Lewis was elected to the Island Council for six terms in 1973-1979, 1985-1988, 1991-1994, 1994-1997, 2003-2007 and as Chief Islander from 1991-1994. He was also served as Acting Administrator for two periods in 1994 and 2005.

Lewis Glass

Lewis took part in two rescue teams who travelled to Gough Island, one was in 1969 when a few members of the Gough Team were lost on the mountain, and the other was in 2000, when a pair of fishermen were marooned on the island after their MFV Edinburgh-based fishing boat capsized. In 2006 Lewis also assisted in the wreck removal operation of an oil rig that was grounded on Tristan's shores.

As an outstanding member of the community, Lewis was awarded four medals: the MBE in 1995, Colonial Special Constabulary Medal in 2010; the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal for service as a Special Constable in 2012 and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for mountain rescue.

Although Lewis had a busy work life, he was a family man and took great pride in looking after his wife and children. He was a very fit man and loved the mountain and going around to the Caves and Stoney Beach for a weekend break, tending to sheep and cattle respectively. In his younger life the young men were often heard to say, 'if you're going on the mountain with Lewis let him get ahead as he walks so fast he will have your legs aching in no time'. He also loved tending to his potato patches and would spend many a day there with his wife Yvonne.

Lewis was a kind and humble man and will be sadly missed by his wife Yvonne, sons Trevor and Simon, daughter in law Natasha, sisters Evelyn and Johanna and all his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Obituary for Violet Brown (née Repetto)

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Violet Brown, who passed away in England 18th April 2019, aged 79.
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Obituary for Timothy Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Timothy Green, who passed away 25th January 2019, aged 70.
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Obituary for Monica Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Monica Glass, who passed away 3rd April 2019, aged 88.
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Obituary for James Green

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander James Green, who passed away 9th February 2019, aged 75.
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Obituary for Ernest Repetto

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Ernest Repetto, who passed away 30th September 2018, aged 92.
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Obituary for Rupert Swain

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Rupert Swain, who passed away 20th August 2018, aged 74.
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