Tribute to Roy Cannon
We are sad to report the recent death of Roy Cannon at the age of 95.
Like so many of us, it was Roy’s love of the countryside that brought him into the Ramblers. He was a member of Chesterfield and North-East Derbyshire Group and then of Bolsover Group.
Roy reacted angrily to injustice. It infuriated him that the simple act of walking over open land was often denied at the whim of the owner and for no other reason, or that someone might ignore the law and obstruct a public footpath, or that characteristic features such as hedgerows could be wilfully destroyed.
However, he was not a man to sit back; he fought back with letters of complaint, petitions, and publicity rallies. Roy was a determined campaigner.
In the 1980’s Roy became Area Chairman and formed a good working partnership with his colleagues. He encouraged younger members of the committee, of which I was one, and was most efficient in the role. He was a superb technical chairman. It may seem of small importance that he understood constitutional procedures, but he was proud of this skill and enjoyed exercising it was something he had learned from attending courses. I think that to Roy this was the opposite of injustice; it was fair play, for when everyone worked to the same rules, then everyone had equal opportunity. This was an essential value in his life.
Roy wanted as many people as possible to enjoy the countryside as he did, and to work together to care for it and the opportunities it offered, so he was also an active walks leader and supporter of local Groups. Along with Norman Mason, he started the Wednesday Walkers in Chesterfield in 1983. He was instrumental in forming the Bolsover Group (which has now closed as a separate group) and helped to form others in Barnsley and Penistone, Rotherham, and Dearne Valley.
In recognition of his work and dedication Roy was honoured as the Area President in 1993 and 1994, and has been a Vice-President ever since then.
Roy Cannon was a considerate easy friend and colleague. I will always remember that broad, knowing smile and the twinkle in his eye when he thought we had achieved success or shared a special memory. He could tell a good tale, often against himself and possessed an infectious sense of humour.
This was the Roy I knew, the Roy that I will miss, the Roy that I thank for helping me in so many ways, the Roy who did so much for which the Ramblers can be grateful. We send our condolence to Margery and her family at this difficult time