WW2 ace a happy, positive man

2014-12-17 00:00

AS dignitaries prepare to attend the funeral of one of the last ­surviving airmen of the Battle of Britain, his son spoke of how his father remained positive about life even when surrounded by death.

Wing commander Roger Morewood (98) died on December 1 in Scotland.

Christopher Morewood, from Pietermaritzburg, said his father, who flew Spitfires and Hurricanes against German aircraft, was a great storyteller, especially about his World War 2 experiences.

“He once said that he had no time to be miserable. He would sit down and have a beer with his friends, if the siren went off, you knew that when you return from flying, you probably will not be sitting with the same friends, they would be dead.

“He was still such a happy person, had a great sense of humour, was carefree and likeable and always spoke about how it was a wonderful experience to serve his country.”

Morewood spoke of how even though surrounded by death, he was taught to see the best in people.

“He used to say, ‘you hear the siren then you have three minutes to get off the ground and you have no choice but to fight the enemy before they take you out’.

“He said he would be the only one returning from missions and then someone new would come in, you become their friend and then they die.”

Morewood said that even through all of this, his father was a happy, outgoing, artistic and helpful person.

“He loved fishing, photography, making radio control models, loved gardening and absolutely adored flying,” he said.

“He would always say, ‘I am no hero, I was just doing my job, I have no time to be miserable, if you are not happy, it is no good for anybody including yourself.’ He was against all negativity and remained humble with a smile.”

Morewood said that his father’s funeral will be this Saturday at the Colvend Parish Church in Rockcliffe, Scotland.

“We want to celebrate his life and his legacy, he really lived an amazing life.”

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