The industry has been remembering Roger Stefani, a familiar face throughout Fleetwood and a much-respected member of the amusements sector, following his recent passing.
Throughout his life Roger notably operated Fleetwood Pier and Harbour Lights Amusements and served as a regional Bacta chairman for the north west. This dedication to the leisure industry meant that he was responsible for countless fond memories throughout the years, many of which have been shared on social media in recent days.
His son in law Lee Stefani, who currently runs Harbour Lights Amusements, commented: “He is going to be sadly missed by everyone be they colleagues, friends or family.
“Everyone has a story about Roger. Whether it is one from 40 years ago or two weeks ago everyone seems to have wonderful things to say about him. It is a sad day for the town and obviously a sad day for us,” he said.
In a career that took in arcade operations in Blackpool, Fleetwood Pier, in caravan parks, and also in the industry politics both in Bacta’s local north west stage and nationally, recent years saw him take steps back from the arcade floor he maintained a keen interest in industry developments, new releases and the day-to-day operations of Harbour Lights Amusements where he was often to be found sitting on his favourite bench.
This has now since become the site of numerous respects paid from all those who knew him. “We fully appreciate and are grateful for all the sup- port from the great friends and network that the family has around us at this difficult time and all those that have supported us,” added Lee.
The funeral has been arranged for Thursday 6 December 10:45am at the St Mary’s RC Church in Fleetwood. Donations to the Trinity Hospice Bispham are welcomed.