Orlando Rogers – RIP

It is with great sadness and shock that I share with you the news that Orlando Rogers has died.

Orlando was the passenger of a Tiger Moth airplane that crashed on Sunday afternoon. Later Orlando tragically died from his injuries. Orlando really did live his life to the full and as well as rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 2007 (55 days 9 hours) with Ben Gaffney he also took part in numerous other adventurous activities. He will be very sorely missed.

If you would like to share your memories of Orlando then please feel free to use the comments below. We will pass these onto to his family.


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21 Responses to Orlando Rogers – RIP

  1. Lucas Young says:

    Orlando’s sudden death has come as a massive shock to those of us that were privileged enough to call him our friend. He was one of the best and will be so terribly missed.

  2. Lin Diaby says:

    I was one of those privileged enough to become friends with Orlando during our Atlantic rowing race 2007. He was a great man and will be sadly missed. My heart goes out to his family at this very sad time. I’m grateful that I have some great memories of him to keep forever. Rest in peace Orlando and I hope you find more adventure to keep you happy.
    A very sad Lin xx

  3. Jamie & Emily says:

    We are both shocked and saddened by this news, Orlando will certainly be remembered by us as a lively soul, full of action and he was incredibly thoughtful. Our love and thoughts go out to his mum and family.

  4. Extremely proud and honored to of known an outstanding bloke. Orlando helped us through out the build up and during our Atlantic crossing, he was always willing to help. A very kind and generous guy. Such a sad loss of life. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    R.I.P Royal! Xx

  5. Rachel Smith says:

    A privilege to have known Orlando – and what great memories everyone who knew him will have forever. His zest for life and love of adventure is a great legacy to leave. Such a sad loss to us all and he will be sorely missed by everyone. My thoughts are with his family at such a difficult time, but who should always be very proud of such an amazing guy.

  6. Rachel Smith says:

    To see the full tribute to Orlando, click on the link and forward to 12 minutes:


  7. Justin Adkin says:

    A priveledge to have known Orlando, he’s done more living than most do in 80 years.
    He and Ben did our old boat proud and we always had good banter whenever we met.
    I’m sure he’s still making the most of wherever he might be now.
    Take care buddy, rest easy.


  8. Amanda Claridge says:

    It is difficult to know what to say apart from that I was privileged to have known you, proud to be able to call you a friend and thankful that I have so many amazing memories to remember you by.

    Rest in peace Orlando you will be sadly missed by many but remembered forever as the true legend you were, who’s love for life was infectious, who never shied away from a challenge and who’s kindness and generosity has touched so many people around the world.

    My heart goes out to everyone who knew you xxx

  9. Sarah says:

    Very surreal to think that someone with so much energy, passion and enthusiasm for life could be taken so young. Orlando, wherever you are, I hope you are living it up as only you know how to. It was a privilege to know you. My thoughts are with your friends and family xxx

  10. karen, kathy dutton says:

    you will be sadly missed, our thoughts are with your mother,gran and sister. you will be forever in are thoughts and it will always be a pleasure to have known you.
    you are a legend.
    karen and kathyxxxxx

  11. andy prout says:

    I never got to meet Orlando, but corresponded with him whilst he was in the Royal Marines. He came across as the most genuine person I have known in a very long time and it was great consolation for me to have him comment so kindly on the loss of my son Alex at the age of 15. I would dearly liked to have met him and only hope I can visit his place of rest. Perhaps someone will be kind enough t0 inform of this location in due course (please feel free to give me a call at 01297 444143). My sincere sympathies go to all family and friends.

  12. Nick Histon says:

    I was fortunate enough to get to know Orlando before the 2007 race. I shared a flat with Orlando and Ben in La Gomera and I can honestly say that those two weeks were two of the funniest of my life. I vividly remember Orlando dressed up as a lady Santa drinking his bacardi and cokes in the Blue Marlin. He was a true legend and I was staggered at his ability to organise at the age of 23. I dont know what to say that hasn’t already been said, he was a great man, a personality and had a passion for life. My thoughts are with his mum and family at this time

  13. Rachel Smith says:

    A facebook page has been set up under the title ‘Orlando Rogers Tribute’ where friends can post photos and messages. The page has also announced that Orlando’s funeral will be at 11.oo on Thursday 2 June at Milton Abbey in Dorset.

  14. what a wonderful young man and I know how much his family loved him.

    r.i.p. Orlando

  15. Jane Brown and Matthew de Pear Brown says:

    My son Matthew joined the Royal Marines together with Orlando at the age of eighteen. He always spoke of Orlando as a good friend and proud to know him and would always follow his career and adventures. I met both Orlando and his mum Julia. I am so devastated by his death and want Julia and the family to know that my heart is with them and praying for them all at this time. Orlando was a wonderful example to all as a caring and dedicated person .

  16. Xander says:

    I don’t know him personally but I feel for everyone he’s left behind. What a tragic loss. He’s too young.

  17. Jerry says:

    Sometimes it looks like life is not fair. It’s tragic that young guys like Orlando die so young. I hope everyone here have some good memories of him.

  18. Steven Foster says:

    First saw Orlando on the programme Commando, On the front Line and then on the Go Commando documentary, just read now about his sad passing, deepest sympathies to family and friends. Can only imagine how you must miss him. His humour and approach to life has helped me through some bad patches. Never met him but wished i had. R.I.P Orlando, your memory will continue to inspire me on whatever challenge i take on next.

  19. Roy Beije , Royal Dutch Marines says:

    R.I.P. Orlando.
    My thoughts are with your friends and family.

  20. Deeply shocked, as I had been working away for 3 years and never heard of the tragedy of the passing of Orlando, until now. I met Orlando in La Gomera, for The Atlantic Rowing Race 2007 and his fancy dress in the “Blue Marlin” had to be seen to be believed. We chased Orlando and Ben across the Atlantic for 55 days and finished 3 hours behind them in Antigua. Orlando and Ben helped us out of the boat, were among the first people that lit flares to greet us, and definitely were among the first people we had a beer with in The Galley bar, English Harbour, Jan 26th 2008. Deepest sympathy to family and friends. As with the blog of “The Reason Why”, I rarely write anything without a poem, and the following I dedicate to Orlando:
    Where the wind blows, there blows He
    To distant horizons, wild and free
    Over the land and mountains high
    Down rivers long and deserts dry
    Across The Atlantic’s mighty flow
    Fearless Go, Commando Go
    Caught by the breeze that flys on high
    Into the blue mesmeric sky
    To distant horizons, wild and free
    Where the wind blows, there blows he.
    for Orlando R.I.P.
    Steve Gardner
    “The Reason Why”

  21. Julia Rogers says:

    Thank you to everyone for their kind words which are much appreciated.

    Steve – the poem is just beautiful and so apt. In tears as I write, but it’s good to know people care and still cherish Orlando and his cheerful zestful personality.

    Julia Rogers

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