If you are not already aware George DeRoe passed away peacefully in his sleep on 19th April 2011 aged 93. He was found in his self-built home next to Dolgoch Hostel. He loved living there and it would have been his wish to breath his last there, rather than in a hospital or old people’s home.
Most of you will of course know that he was the original and only resident YHA warden, moving in before the hostel first opened some four decades ago. After the YHA replaced him with volunteer wardens, he built his humble abode next to the hostel, where he remained until his death.
His funeral will be held at Aberwystwyth Cremetorium on Wednesday 11th May 2011 at Midday. This is located on the B4572 off the A487.
Many of you may have fond memories of George and may wish to remember him even if you are unable to attend the service. It has been suggested that a permanent and practical memorial should be put in place at Dolgoch, and to that end it is proposed to install a quality wooden bench at the hostel with a suitable plaque to remember him by.
If you wish to make a donation towards this bench in lieu of flowers then please send your contribution to the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels Trust’s treasurer, David Bicker, 7 Hartlebury Road, Halesowen, West Midlands B63 4PL. Cheques should be made payable to Elenydd Wilderness Hostels. Please write on the back of the cheque ‘George’s bench’ or send a short note to that effect.
There will also be a memorial service for George held at Dolgoch on Sunday 19th June at 11.00am.
The above was e-mail from Mark Willcock the Membership Secretary of the Elenydd Wilderness Hostels, I know alot visitors to this site and RSF members over years have stay at Dolgoch Youth Hostel. May wish to share there memories of George and write a few lines about him in the comments below.