VFP UK is sad to announce the passing of Chris Roper, following a long battle with cancer that spanned the last years of his life. Despite his illness and pain, he continued to remain commited to peace and social justice activism, and regularly attended events until he was no longer able. He faced his illness with an extraordinary amount of courage.
Chris was an active member of VFP South East and was also a committed member of East London Against the Arms Fair (ELAAF). Chris’ knowledge and participation gave us incredible insight into the Arms Fair and enabled VFP UK to organise more effective actions. His passion in preventing the Arms Fair was second to none and we will carry his passion with us when we organise future events.
Chris Roper joined VFP UK at our 2013 Annual Gathering and quickly became a steadfast and dependable member. He had an eye for detail and played a key role in the drafting of our original by-laws and our VFP UK Handbook, which replaced our by-laws and remain the guiding governance of our organisation.
Ever present at VFP actions in London, Chris was one the few members who marched to The Cenotaph with us on Remembrance Sunday 2013. Chris had a deep well of courage and was able to place himself in situations that others would walk away from.
He will be greatly missed.