Tributes to Sheffield tennis table coach who inspired others after stroke

Roger Turner
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A Sheffield table tennis legend who inspired stroke survivors in later life has died.

Roger Turner, from Hillsborough, was one of the city's best known players before he suffered a stroke in 2014.

A former winner of the Arthur Smith Memorial Trophy for services to the Sheffield league - the highest accolade in the city's table tennis scene - Roger won a number of competitions during his career.

He also coached, and many of the young players he taught at Herries School went on to play for Sheffield and county teams.

After suffering a stroke, he went on to campaign for better services for others.

Rob Loxley, writing for the Sheffield Table Tennis League website, said: "The family have received many comments relating to the fond memories of the Herries coaching set up and remembering the patience and enthusiasm which made Roger a great coach.

"Following a debilitating stroke in 2014 he was determined to play a full part in his recovery and was a great inspiration for stroke survivors in Sheffield, playing a big role in improving stroke services for others.

"During his recovery he wrote a book about his experiences called No Regrets, No Surrender! A Story of a Stroke Survivor! which is available from Amazon."

Roger died aged 70 on April 4. His funeral took place on Friday at Grenoside Crematorium.

Donations can be made to Macmillan Palliative Care care of Stannington Funeral Services in Oldfield Road.

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