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

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Obituary for Edward Rogers

Edward Patrick Rogers, known as ‘Eddie’, passed away on the 15th March 2023. He was born to parents Paddy and Laurie Rogers on the 6th September 1945. He was the youngest of three children, and married Rebecca Swain on the 5th September 1967 and had one daughter Tanya.

For all of his working life until his retirement Eddie worked for the Tristan lobster factory (run by Tristan Investments and later Ovenstones).  When he left school he worked at the Lobster factory at Little Beach, fishing in small dinghies. Following the eruption of the volcano in 1961, Eddie worked alongside other island men on ships of the Union Castle Line between Southampton and South Africa, he thoroughly enjoyed
this and could tell many a tale.

When he returned to Tristan in 1963 he worked in the lobster factory as a welder, in 1980 he trained at Globes in Cape Town and qualified as a welder. 

He was also a fisherman, in the early days spending time on-board the fishing vessels fishing around Gough, Inaccessible and Nightingale and then later fishing in the local boats around Tristan.

St Mary's Anglican Church was always a big part of Eddie’s Life. He started serving as an altar boy in church
at the age of nine and then served as a voluntary Lay Minister, where he served until his health prevented him from doing so. Throughout this time, he was always known to be visiting the sick and elderly, he conducted many baptisms, weddings and funerals and was also a Church Warden taking care of the Church and Rectory. Eddie was recognised by the Island community for his long-standing service to the Church, island and its people by being awarded with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in December 2019.

Eddie was a compassionate person and would often say to his family and friends ‘be kind to others especially strangers as you were a stranger one day, and always treat people how you would like to be treated’. He was a hardworking man who always made sure his family was well provided for. He loved going to the potato patches to tend to his crops. Another big love of his was going for trips to Nightingale in the longboats and even when at Nightingale on Sunday mornings he held church services.

Eddie was a kind and humble man with a great sense of humour, which he will always be remembered for. He will be sadly missed by his wife Rebecca, daughter Tanya, son- in-law Andrew, sister Audrey and all his family and friends.

Obituary for Peter Repetto

Peter Leslie Repetto passed away on the 1st May 2023 aged 87 years. Peter was born on 12th August 1935, the second of ten children born to Joe and May Repetto. He worked in the Island Store before the volcanic eruption leading to evacuation to the UK in 1961.

Peter married Patricia Swain on 16th January 1962 in St Mary’s Church, Bletchingley, Surrey, close to Pendell Camp where the islanders were then staying. Peter worked repairing watches while he was in the UK.

On return to Tristan the couple went on to have two children, Noelene Swain who lives on Tristan with her husband Neil and Desiree Repetto-Mansell who currently lives in the Falkland Islands with her husband Philip. He is also survived by his three grandchildren Wayne Swain, Glenda Rogers and Eugene Repetto and six great grandchildren all of whom live on Tristan.

Peter worked in the lobster processing factory as a treasury clerk, and later returned to help run the Island Store. The experience he gained in the UK was very valuable and he started fixing electronic devices for the islanders, radios, televisions and watches were just some of the items bought to him to restore. Peter was also a great music lover and his amplifier and decks were in high demand at dances where he would DJ. He was also the island projectionist, screening feature films every Monday evening at the Prince Philip Hall before TV sets were used in homes in the 1980s.

Peter was a very sociable kind hearted man and you would often see him making his rounds on a Sunday visiting his family. He loved spending time at his camping hut and thoroughly enjoyed the holiday and weekends when he could spend the weekend camping with his wife, fishing on the beach and working in the potato and vegetable patches.

Patricia and her family would like to thank all those for their support and care provided throughout his illness. They would also like to thank everyone for the calls and messages of condolence.

Obituary for Benjamin Green

Benjamin Green, always called ‘Benny’, passed away on the 18th February 2023 aged 87 years. Benny was born on 2nd December 1935, the second of eight children born to Freddie and Alice Green. Benny married Sylvia Repetto on 20th January 1962 in Bletchingley Church in Surrey in a double wedding ceremony with Lars and Trina Repetto. The reception was held at Pendell Camp only a few days prior to the islanders’ move to Calshot in Hampshire.

Benny was chosen as a member of the Resettlement Survey Party who departed Southampton in August 1962. He was one of six fishermen who agreed to work aboard the fishing vessels Tristania and Frances Repetto while the land-based party of six island men prepared the village for a possible later re-settlement of the island. Benny and the other fishermen came ashore in December to boost the land-based team and pave the way for the re-settlement of Tristan in 1963.

Benjamin Green

 

Benny went on to become a respected member of the community, serving on the Island Council and occupying senior positions at the island’s fishing factory. He was one of the coxswains of the longboat Lorna and trips under sail to Nightingale Island were a highlight of Benny’s year.

Benny is survived by his wife Sylvia, son Shaun, daughters Rita Repetto and Jacqueline Lavarello, daughter-in-law Renee Green, sons- in-law Gary Repetto and Duncan Lavarello, grandchildren Kimberley, Janice and Dylan Green, Jonathan, Julian, Riaan and Clifton Repetto and Janine Lavarello.

Our sincere condolences go to Benjamin's wife, children, siblings, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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