Funeral of former Master Cutler

Rotary Electrical Chairman Rowland Walker in his office at the firm in 1996.
Rotary Electrical Chairman Rowland Walker in his office at the firm in 1996.

THE funeral was held on Tuesday for Sheffield businessman and former Master Cutler Rowland Walker.

Mr Walker, who was 88, was the founder of Rotary Electrical and headed the business until his retirement in 1992.

A champion of Sheffield, he was a director of Sheffield Development Corporation, which was set up to regenerate the Lower Don Valley, and he established Future Enterprises to promote new businesses in the region, particularly new technology.

Away from business he was a founder governor of Stannington College, a governor of Sheffield City Polytechnic and a judge for the Young Engineer of Britain Award.

He was keenly interested in the National Savings movement, the Boy Scouts movement and was president of Sheffield Sea Cadets.

Mr Walker was made an Honorary Fellow of Sheffield Hallam University and, in 1982, received an OBE. He became a Master Cutler in 1987 and was granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1988.

Rotary Electrical started out rewinding small motors, progressing on to bigger motors and then manufacturing machinery used by motor rewinders around the world. Prestigious customers included London Transport, major power stations and the National Coal Board.

Keen to keep up with the latest developments and bring them to Rotary’s expanding works, off Infirmary Road, Mr Walker travelled to Leipzig, then in East Germany, the United States and Japan.

He became president of the Association of Electrical Machinery Trades.

Mr Walker leaves wife Shirley, son Ian, daughter-in-law Cathryn and grandchildren Nicola, Sarah, Benjamin and Jonathan. The service was held at All Saints Church, Ecclesall.