Roger Cornwell

Post date: Aug 22, 2015 7:21:13 PM

Dear SCARA Member,

Very sadly we have to inform you of the loss of another of our members. Howard Cornwell has informed us that his father, Roger Cornwell, passed away on 17th August 2015.

The funeral service will be held at St Marys Church, North Mymms, Hertfordshire at 2 pm on Thursday 27th August.

Howard says "the service will be a celebration of dad's life as we will have a family cremation in the morning. Family flowers only, with donations requested to Isabel Hospice in Welwyn Garden City".

Kind regards,

Belinda McCormack

SCARA Hon.Sec.

(Update 1 September 2015)


A Tribute from Michael Forrow and Clifford Miller:

Roger joined OCL in 1967 as its sole Management Accountant. Subsequently, he was appointed the company’s Finance Director in 1969. One year later, in 1970, Roger interviewed and hired us and the rest, as they say, is history. Happily, we worked for him in a variety of capacities until he left in 1990.

He was renowned amongst his peers for his negotiating skills, on behalf of OCL, for each of the consortia which commenced container operations in the Australian Trade (1969); Far East Trade (1972) and New Zealand and South African Trades (both 1976), each of which was critical to the foundation of the company’s lasting success. The complex financial structures with which Roger dealt, in order to achieve what he did, made his accomplishments all the more remarkable.

His management style was, at one and the same time, commanding and demanding. He raised the game of all who were privileged to work with him. He combined his business acumen, fierce work ethic, steadfast determination and intellectual prowess in the most compelling ways to help make OCL the successful forerunner it became of POCL.

Appointed OCL’s Far East Trade Director in 1979, he became a Joint Managing Director in 1983. His detailed knowledge of container shipping as well as of the global cultures with whom he worked garnered him an abiding appreciation.

Away from work he was first and foremost a family man. At the service for the celebration of his life both of his sons gave heartwarming tributes which revealed great respect and deep admiration for their father and the humble origins from which he rose.

He was a colleague whose brilliant insights indelibly and beneficially impacted our respective professional careers. We remain forever grateful.

To his wife Brenda and to his sons, Howard and Mark and the rest of the Cornwell family, we extend our deepest sympathy"