It is with sadness and regret that we announce the passing of author and broadcaster, Dennis Rookard (G1NGO) on Tuesday March 2nd (time unknown) at his home in Brentwood. Dennis will be remembered for his larger than life and off-the-wall attitude to life, his keen sense of humour and sense of self aggrandisement.
Dennis was an only child. His interest in radio started early in life. He later became a radio presenter for FBS (Forces Broadcasting Service), BBC, LBC and more recently the local radio station, Phoenix FM in Brentwood. His main interest was in the audio side of broadcasting. Dennis produced many radio dramas which were available to download from his HOSIPROG website. He was involved in hospital radio at Basildon and Harold Wood back in the early 80s and later became the Secretary and anchorman at the Essex charity, Eastward Hospital Television. His main love was Folk Music to which he presented the BBC Essex programme called “Essex Folk” in the 90s.
Dennis could also be seen walking across the sets of “The Bill”, “Eastenders”, “Lovejoy” and other popular TV programmes. His interviewing techniques were legendary and his keen interest in photography won him several awards.
Dennis also held an amateur radio callsign G1NGO and could often be heard on the weekly club radio net on 2 metres. Dennis was also a keen member of the Havering & District Amateur Radio Club.
Dennis had many friends and acquaintances across many spheres of life. He will be sadly missed. He leaves a legacy behind that will be hard to follow. May he rest in peace.
Written by Fred Curtis
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