The death occurred peacefully at Millcroft Nursing Home, Enniskillen, on December 26, 2016, of Mr. Basil Rogers, late of Coleshill Road, Enniskillen. 

Basil was born on July 27, 1925 at 4 Castle Street and raised at 2 Castle Place; a true townie, he was born and bred between the bridges.

Basil was the eldest son of six children born to George and Gladys Rogers. A teenager during World War 2 Basil was an assistant ARP warden for the Wellington area and later was employed on the construction and maintenance of RAF Castle Archdale. 

After the war Basil followed his brother Stan into the Merchant Navy and went to Scotland where they were part of the crews on ships that had the hazardous job of disposing of surplus bombs and other live ammunition out in the Atlantic. 

Following his spell in the Merchant Navy Basil returned to Enniskillen and trained to be a plasterer, much in demand in the post war building boom around Enniskillen.

Later when building work was declining Basil joined the GPO as a postman and for the rest of his working life was a mobile postman driving his van around rural Fermanagh - an occupation that brought him many new friends. He still retained his skill as a plasterer often helping out family and friends. 

On March 26, 1952 Basil married Winifred Toland of Bohulkin, Tempo, and they made their home in Enniskillen. They went on to have two girls Lyn and Sheena who idolised their father. 

Basil’s hobbies included fishing and gardening, but his biggest joy were his five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Basil was a fun loving and caring gentleman through and through; with his sharp wit and one liners he would leave people laughing for days.

He was always first to lend a helping hand whether it was helping his son in law test drive the new car to the nearest hostelry or playing taxi for his grandchildren. 

He has left his family with many happy memories and funny stories to share forever and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. 

Basil was predeceased by his wife Winnie, his sisters Noreen and Doris and by his brother Billy, and is survived by his daughters Lyn and Sheena, his sons in law, Joe and Harry, his grandchildren, great grandchildren and by his brothers Stanley and Albert.  

The funeral service was held at St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, conducted by the Rector, Dean Kenneth Hall.

The funeral arrangements were carried out by Austen Stinson of W.T. Morrison, Darling Street, Enniskillen.