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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 42 - Autumn / Winter 1980 / 81

Roy Oxendale - An Obituary - by his friend Dusty Miller

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It is with a great sense of loss that we have to record the sudden and untimely death of Roy Ian Oxendale, Oxo, aged forty years, on Sunday, 26th October, 1980. The previous day Roy had been at Quainton and had been engaged in tidying up the LSWR box van with his usual vigour and later he enjoyed a cup of tea with Chris and Anne Taylor and myself in Chris' caravan.

Oxo, as he was known to his friends, was a born preservationist, befitting a man who worked as a fireman on BR Western Region at Oxford; having worked with steam, he breathed it and it was the driving factor in his life that his family excepted. Nothing would have pleased him more than to have seen all the engines from David Woodham's yard out at preservation sites - the majority at Quainton. He was a man whose methods were often unorthodox, but efficacious, and it was he who, with myself, carried the major burden of fund-raising to purchase and transport 6989 Wightwick Hall to Quainton - and it was Oxo who gave the 7200 Funds a vital boost when it was needed. He was talking just the day before he died of another acquaintance of his who might possibly be able to assist the fund. His vision of Quainton was that of one of the major steam centres in England and he worked unceasingly to attain this end. On talking to owners or prospective owners, his final comment was always "Well, you get that up to Quainton and you'll be alright!"

His contacts were numerous and embraced many disciplines - all of them being swept along by the tide of his boundless enthusiasm. We will all miss him and the whole restoration movement will be much poorer without him. We, at Quainton, must not let him down. We must pursue the objectives he held so dear and create, by our achievements, a fitting memorial to Oxo.

We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and to his young family in their tragic bereavement.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1981 and so does not reflect events in the 33+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Roy Oxendale - An Obituary - by his friend Dusty Miller - Quainton News No. 42 - Autumn / Winter 1980 / 81

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