The National : NOV DEC 2016
24 THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2016 VALE ROGER BANCROFT ... he was a real mensch ROGER BANCROFT was born on the 7th February 1942, the sec- ond son to KATIE and JOE BAN- CROFT, BROTHER to GRAEME He attended MENTONE GRAMMAR until required to join the family drycleaning business at 13 years of age. He worked by day and studied by night In 1963 Dad was elected to the board of TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL at the age of 21, to this day the youngest male to hold that position. He was pivotal in setting up the youth group not long after. Dad was the father of 3 children – me – Nick - born in 1968, Danielle in 1969 and Georgie in 1976. He was a great father – a mentor, a friend, a disciplinarian, an organiser, a travel agent, a spiritual adviser, confidant and a loving person to be around. Dad took such pride in his kids and grandkids, up until his last days, he was our shield and protector as well. Dad loved to be organised, loved to create lists, keep busy, complete tasks, plan, prepare, organise, trial, modify plans, reschedule, re-list, document and prepare. He was persistent, insistent and single minded, almost military in the way he ran his life with such precision. He only knew how to do things one way...His Way! In 1968, the year I was born, Roger was elected to the DIA – Victoria – Board, and stayed there from 1968 until he retired in 2002. In 1971 he won the Horscroft Overseas Award and studied in Washington DC, and at the conclusion of his studies he travelled with my mum. In 1972, he took the first Australian delegation of Dry Cleaners to the USA and Caracas, Venezuela, attending the International Dry Cleaning Congress In 1973, he was elected the World President of the International Dry Cleaners Congress In 1974 he held the position of Deputy Chair of the IDC Melbourne Congress In 1975 he was elected Senior Vice President of DIA Victoria, and later that year was appointed National Director of the DIA, holding various roles over a 30- year period. In 1975 he also took a second delegation of Australian Dry Cleaners to the USA, Vancouver, Canada and Tokyo, Japan attending the International Dry Cleaners Congress. In 1979 he was awarded International Dry Cleaner of the Year Award. Also in 1979 he was elected Victorian President of the DIA He chaired multiple successful National and International Roger Bancroft in the cockpit - his office. From here he communicated with the world, and it was always a pleasure to see him in action overseas, representing Australia and charming all who met him.
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