Family history stalwart dies at 63

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The funeral of a leading light among Doncaster’s ancestry enthusiasts is due to take place tomorrow.

David Anthony Rollin died earlier this month at his home in Bennetthorpe, Doncaster. He was 63.

Mr Rollin was the chairman of the Doncaster and District Family History Society.

He took up the post in February 2010 and club officials said he had been instrumental in moving the society forward and promoting it within the local community.

Society secretary Kate Raistrick said: “He felt very strongly that the society belonged to its members and by informing people what the society had to offer this would bring benefits to both the society and to the local community itself.”

The society meets each month at the Doncaster Deaf Trust and hosts an annual family history fair. Members are also on hand to assist people researching their family history at the archives collection in Balby.

Kate added: “Dave had a great enthusiasm for local history and worked on behalf of the society with a variety of organisations within the Doncaster area.

“Dave and his wife were always happy to assist in any way that he could and was always present at society meetings and the annual fair.

“Dave always brought humour, energy and diplomacy to everything he was involved with and you didn’t have to speak to him very long before it became obvious that he was a fair and compassionate man who supported a multitude of worthwhile causes.

“He has been an invaluable chairman and committee member and has been a good friend and advisor and we shall all miss him greatly.

Mr Rollin leaves a widow, Carol. A celebration of his life will take place at Rose Hill Crematorium tomorrow afternoon and mourners are being asked to give donations to the British Heart Foundation and the Sheffield Open Heart Club.