Roy Waller was the voice of football on BBC Radio Norfolk for many years
Roy Waller, one of the best-loved voices on BBC Radio Norfolk, has died in hospital aged 69.
Roy Waller began presenting on BBC Radio Norfolk in the 1980s and during his time at the station made many friends both off and on-air.
He was the voice of football for many years as well as presenting his daytime programme and country music show.
BBC Norfolk has been inundated with messages of condolence from people whose lives he touched.
I don't suppose I can add much to the tributes afforded to the wonderful Roy Waller.
I joined Radio Norfolk in 2001 remaining there for almost three years. In that time Roy made a point of making me welcome and became a good friend throughout my tenure with the station.
I shall always remember his infectious smile and laugh and he always put guests at their ease on air.
The last time Roy and I were on the air together was in August 2007 for the 40th anniversary of the closing of the offshore radio stations. I had been one of the broadcasters in Pirate BBC Essex three years before.
He really was a broadcaster's broadcaster and some may say he was Radio Norfolk.
He used to ask his guests how they would like to be remembered. Well, we will remember and miss Roy Waller. Our thoughts go out to his wife and family.
God bless you mate, you'll be missed - and thank you.
Alan Thompson from North Walsham
I was sitting on Tuesday afternoon outside my caravan at Waxham listening to David Webster doing a reasonable impression of Stephen Bumfrey with the big shiny Norfolk disco balls and my mind was taken back to happier days and in particular a similar sunny afternoon when in the same spot, same pitch, I listened to Roy's final afternoon broadcast.
I resolved to buy a card the following day to let Roy know that I had not forgotten him.
Nine o'clock Wednesday morning; shock, horror, stunned, feeling physically sick and very tearful I listened in awe to the tributes pouring in during that day.
You will never be forgotten, old mate (for that is how I think of you) you helped me through periods of great sadness in my life and also made me laugh. Special memories of Christmas mornings! Nobody can quite talk me through a Norwich City footie match like you used to.
My heart goes out to Sylvie at this time.
I'll pop in the Forum on Monday Roy, sign the book and pinch a pen - it's the least I can do after all you did for me.
Remember the good times old buddy!
Peter Barton from Carbrooke.
I was very sorry to hear of Roy passing away. Will always remember when Paul was a young boy and he used to come home from the blind school. He would go and sit in with the Roy at Radio Norfolk. Roy was wonderful with great memories for us to remember he will be sadly missed. xx
Sandra and Paul Bale from Norwich
What a wonderful man, always had the time to stop and talk about NCFC, regardless of what he was doing or where he was going.
He will be sadly missed by everyone.
Jenny from Aylsham
Roy was a real character and personality who brought joy to so many people's lives.
Lynda from Norwich
What an immense sad loss. I considered Roy and Sylvie friends as I knew them so many years and the support he and Sylvie gave me in my Record Shop business was immense. I will miss him forever in so many ways. A gentle Gentleman - why do the best always have to go.
Jean Matthews from Hemsby
What sad news. A very charming and delightful gentleman. God bless Roy.
Jean Murrell from Hemsby
Being a Norwich City supporter since 1976 and living across the North Sea in the Netherlands, I tried to keep up and listen to Roy's commentary of Norwich games on my MW transistor radio in the '80s and '90s. The sound fell away a lot but when it came back and I heard Roy's voice again I was on the edge of my seat for many years.
It was great to see him sit above the players-tunnel being himself and sharing it with us. In May I was back in Norwich for the last home game of the season and visited a second-hand bookshop and bought a great book, yes 'Waller's World', a book of a very special man, so kind, always friendly, everybody in Norfolk will miss him, but me in Holland too.
And Holland's semi-final win last night was for you Roy, we love our football!
My thoughts are with Roy's family and the people at Radio Norfolk.
Edwin de Jong from Haarlem, The Netherlands
How saddened I am to hear the news that our good mate Roy Waller has died.
The airwaves were not the same when we stopped getting our dose of Roy in the afternoon. Life without Roy will not be the same, we will miss you dearly, may your star in the sky twinkle brightly. We will always remember you.
Our condolences to Sylvie and family.
Rosie Blanch from Tunstead
Roy will be sadly missed for his sense of humour and his love of life. God bless. Condolences to his family.
Alan Eason from Skegness
Dear Roy, we came to Norfolk as strangers and after listening to you, felt that you were there to welcome us and made us feel wanted. You were a real people's person. We shall all miss you so much. God bless you Roy. Wherever you are Roy, you will make them very happy as you did us. Thank you Roy. XXXX
Yvonne Derek Muffett from Taverham
Sad loss for Norfolk. We met him when we lived in North Walsham and my little girl was asked to switch on the Christmas lights with him. He was really good with her and he had the crowd all laughing trying to get my wife to say something Norfolk with her Aberdonian accent.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, RIP Roy.
Garry Murphy from Peterhead, Scotland
Such sad news.
Roy was an incredibly hard-working, humble, and delightfully entertaining man. Always with a twinkle in his eye for everyone - he genuinely knew his various audiences.
A huge loss to football, to country music, to Norfolk and to Sylvie. Our thoughts are with you.
It was a privilege to have shared studios for so many happy years.
Iain Meikle from Norwich
I was so sad to hear that Roy had died yesterday. I have spent a good deal of my working hours over the last 10 years driving around Norfolk between appointments, and he was my loved and appreciated companion in the car, whatever time he was broadcasting.
I have missed him and although other presenters do an excellent job, there was only one Roy.
I haven't been able to listen to all the tributes and recordings today as work intervened, but it was so lovely to hear his voice and it occurred to me that if a CD was put together with a selection of clips from his broadcasting - interviews, commentaries and particularly his wind-up telephone calls, it would celebrate his life and could be sold in aid of one of his favourite charities.
Scilla Rose from Mundesley
Sorry to hear the news. Roy, you were a lovely man. I have so many fond memories of you like when you helped a little girl who wanted to be a bridesmaid. You made it happen because I had her as my bridesmaid.
Sylvia Veal from Three Holes
I will miss him, he was funny, always laughing. Roy made the football his own. My thoughts go to all his family and friends and to all at Radio Norfolk, he will be missed.
Tracy Freeman from Norwich
What a sad loss. I was set up by Roy live on his afternoon show. Although I'm an Ipswich Fan, I thought he did so much for football. I too love country music.
Martin Thulbourne and Phyll from Haverhill
I remember Roy for his passion for Norwich City Football Club. I enjoyed his commentaries, how he got excited when City scored and his frustration when the ref made a poor decision against City - he would express how most City fans would feel.
I also enjoyed his wit and banter and remember the wind-up phone calls he played on people.
He will be sadly missed, my condolences go to all connected with him.
Carl Waite from Swaffham
As an ex-chairman of the Norfolk Deaf Children's Society, I would like to say how sorry to hear of Roy's passing away. He did a lot of hard work helping to raise money for deaf children and their families to give them a little help in life, so I would like to say from myself and all of the deaf families he helped, Roy a big thank you and rest in peace.
Geoff Wells from Hevingham
Will miss this truly legendary man, whether he was presenting his Rodeo Norfolk, doing his afternoon show, or commentating on his beloved Norwich City.
Let his family deal with his arrangements privately then allow a memorial service at either St Peter Mancroft or the cathedral or maybe even Carrow Road, it doesn't matter what venue you choose, it would fill them to capacity. On the ball city.
James Tidd from Norwich
A well loved man who will be sorely missed. So sorry to hear this sad news. Love, best wishes and prayers go to all his family.
Bet Beattie from King's Lynn
So sad that we have lost such an icon. He always came across as such a sincere and caring man, had such a vast following and yet I can remember on one occasion when I came into the studio, he asked me if people liked him?! I told him that people loved him. Such a humble human being; he will be sorely missed by thousands.
Jill and Richard Burrage from Old Costessey
I was listening to the radio at lunch time when I heard that Roy Waller had died and I thought, "oh no, not Roy Waller". He was such a lovely man who brought such a lot of happiness to a lot of people and he made me laugh. My sympathy to his wife and daughters.
Doreen Smith from Norwich
It is a very sad. Lost the voice of the county and Norwich City FC for the last 30 years. I will miss him very much.
Danny Read from King's Lynn
Will really miss Roy's football commentaries, they were brilliant. Miss you, God bless.
Terry Burwood from Lowestoft
We knew Roy mainly through the country and western but also through things Liz was involved in. Although we hadn't been in touch for some time, Roy always knew our names and who we were. He seemed to remember people and always spoke as if he knew us closely. We will miss him.
Tom and Liz Cornwall from North Walsham
I would like to send my condolences to his wife Sylvie and his family - he will be sadly missed.
I was one of the listeners who received one of his phone calls - he really got me. I was going on holiday to America and I hated flying so a friend got him to ring me, he rang and said that I was the millionth customer to have booked with Virgin Atlantic and had won a prize which was a trip to Heathrow to catch my flight in a hot air balloon and that they would pick me up on the field next to my house.
Of course I was horrified until he said who he was!
Also, whenever you saw Roy walking through the City Lounge at Carrow Road, he would always say hello and how are you. He was just a lovely man.
I also love country music and always listened on a Saturday. RIP Roy, you will never be replaced.
Judy Arthurton from Lyng
He was the voice of Norwich City match-day commentaries and I will never forget his voice lighting up a Saturday afternoon. This is a very sad day for listeners of Radio Norfolk - they have lost someone very special. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this very sad time.
Gary from Norwich
I remember a couple of occasions when Roy gladly answered yes for doing a live webchat on our website. carrowroad.net. His insight, knowledge and funny stories where a joy to listen too. A very brave man indeed, sadly missed.
Gordon and the members of carrowroad.net
What sad news I came home from work to. Will be very much missed. My sympathy goes to Roy's family and all his colleagues at the BBC.
Carol from Great Yarmouth
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Roy for making Country Company a virtual household name in Norfolk. Knowing Roy over the last 20 years has been a privilege and the support that he shown we will always be grateful for. When we appeared together at various festivals he would always share his news and a joke or two.
Our deepest sympathies go to Sylvie and family at this sad time and we send our love in memory to a great friend Roy Waller.
Clive and Sandra Green from Llandrindod Wells
When I opened my Facebook this morning it was with great sadness that I read of the passing of Roy Waller.
As a born and bred Norfolk girl I have many fond memories of listening to Roy on the radio. I was also very fortunate to have met Roy on several occasions.
My fondest memory is the lengths that Roy would go to, to make a dedication.
Norwich City Football commentaries will never seem the same without the excitement and enthusiasm Roy interjected in them.
It is a truly sad loss to the whole community.
My prayers and thoughts are back home with his family and loved ones.
Heidi Ayers from Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
I first heard Roy broadcast when I was required to review a Radio Norfolk programme as part of an application for a job with the station. I found his programme both entertaining and humorous. I listened a couple of times after too as I enjoyed it so much.
Roy's programme made me think that this is what BBC local radio should sound like and that we should have more like it with more presenters like Roy.
My condolences to Roy's family, friends and colleagues.
Andy Caddick from Birmingham
Until I moved from Norfolk three years ago, I was a regular listener to Roy on Radio Norfolk. He had the ability to connect with all and was one of the best radio presenters I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. He will long be remembered for his football commentaries and his totally basis support of Norwich City. Thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Pat Flynn from Marston Moretaine
I always used to listen to Roy Waller's afternoon show while preparing the family meal. So interesting and much laughter. I then lived in Derbyshire for 14 years and found nothing on local radio as good as Roy's show. I especially appreciated the cheerio he said to people living on their own. Genuine and irreplaceable.
Christine Norton from Wisbech
It is with very great sadness that I learnt about the death of Roy today. He was, for me, the epitome of radio presenters.
His natural talents and abilities shone through the modern day "media studies degree" brigade of radio and television presenters.
As an interviewee of his on more than one occasion I found him to not only put me at ease very quickly but his questions was NOT intrusive but very quickly achieved his aim for the listener.
I will add that I am no stranger to the world of show business being involved in it for some 50 years, so Roy's ability to cut through my ingrained defences was a wonder to behold.
Roy was also extremely generous with his free time for charities of his choice. When we did a charity bike ride back in the '90s I asked if he would mind being present at the end of the ride to provide the "celebrity" touch to increase the donations.
Without any prompting he and Sylvie were not only there at the end but also during the full day and he took part in the FULL ride around the Walsingam/Wells area.
A true star!
Both Maggie and I offer our sincerest condolences to his family for their great loss, and to the BBC for the loss of their great asset.
Thank you Roy for all you did, not only for my own personal way forward, but for Norfolk football and music. See ya at the great gig in the sky buddy!
John White from Horning
Brought much joy to those too infirm to attend City matches. His blunt comments and humour will be remembered along with his catchphrases. He may be copied, but never be replaced.
Anonymous from Great Yarmouth
When we first moved here in 1987 the first voice I heard was Roy's. I loved his morning and afternoon shows and his Saturday country music.
Though not a Norwich City fan, I used to like to hear Roy's commentary. Even when the opposition scored a goal Roy was right there enjoying their happiness - his enthusiasm was great.
He will be thoroughly missed. Rest in peace Roy.
Len Wilson from Harleston
I met him at Searles for the country weekend. He was really great and made everyone feel important and welcome. This was the way he talked on the radio every weekend, as though he was talking to each of us.
James Eley from Thornham
A sad loss of a broadcasting genius who, to me, was the heart of Radio Norfolk. Coming home from work hearing "What's for tea Mother?" introduced me to Roy's work. I was never disappointed.
My thoughts are with Sylvie and his daughters.
Carol from Sprowston
To the family of Roy, my most sincere condolences. He gave us many years of wonderful entertainment and of course laughs - his sense of humour was amazing.
I'm choked, my heart goes out to you. In his own words, "God rest his soul, always think of the good times".
My thoughts are with you at this so sad time.
Sue from Norwich
I had the honour of spending time with Roy when I was the Lady Mayoress. I will always remember the laughter and the tears (from laughing). Roy was loved by everyone we visited, a true gentle Norfolk man.
When I think of Roy and the times we all had together I smile, this is a blessing at a sad time.
My thoughts and love are with Sylvie and family.
Leanne Annison from Brundall
As a songwriter looking to forge a career, Roy gave me a wonderful opportunity to be interviewed and have my songs played on his show, for which I have always been very grateful.
I visited BBC Radio Norfolk a few times and eventually recorded a surprise song for, and about Roy, entitled 'Norfolk Roy' which he played live on the show without any knowledge of its contents (Sylvie secretly assisted with the lyrical content!)
I was hugely impressed by the kindness, spontaneity, humour and encouragement they both shared and although I am currently working full time in the city (London!), I hold on to the dream of songwriting success which Roy has helped me sustain.
My thoughts are with Sylvie and the family at this very difficult time.
Graham Neale from Swaffham
As a City fan I must have listened to hundreds of his commentaries and then Roy was involved when I got an early break in my journalistic career doing some work on air about sport in west Norfolk with then sports editor Roger Ryan.
Later he surprised my first wife by calling her as the 'Bride of the Day' for his show on our wedding day in 1991!
Roy had a great knack of putting you at your ease when on air and making it an enjoyable rather than nerve-wracking experience.
Later in life I was to work with him when I joined Norwich City's press team and he mixed his talent for entertaining the Canary listeners with a harder edge when it was appropriate to ask more difficult or searching questions of the Club.
Rain or shine, he always shook staff member's hands when going about his business at Carrow Road and Colney and usually left you chuckling after sharing a wry observation or two!
Thanks for everything Roy. My thoughts are with his family and his friends at the BBC and throughout Norfolk.
Joe Ferrari from Norwich
Listening to Roy Waller was a tonic - he was the kind of person you felt that you had known all your life and would have loved to have as a next-door neighbour.
He will be greatly missed by everyone that has ever listened to any of his broadcasts.
I imagine he's now having a knees-up with all those that have gone before him.
Deepest sympathy to all of his family.
God bless Him.
Maureen and Ray Davison from Bungay
A true gent - funny, friendly and warm hearted - could break a smile onto anybody's face. We'll all miss a great ambassador for down to earth one-to-one radio. God bless you Roy and we will all be thinking of his family at this sad time.
Mark Larmet from Attleborough
Condolences to your wife and family.
Dave Collett from Cambridgeshire
Sorry to hear that Roy is gone, we will miss him and his Country Music show. Please give our condolences to Sylvie and his family.
Tony Gallant and Josephine from Antingham
Roy brought sunshine out of the radio even on the dullest of days.
He was always cheerful and made us laugh on many occasions.
Thoughts are with his family of whom he spoke of many times with much affection.
Ingrid and Brian Nash from Thorpe St Andrew
From 1983-1989, my late husband Brian and myself ran the Nelson public house in Nelson Street and Roy's two daughters became regulars and friends with our two teenagers. Through them we got to know Roy and his afternoon show.
At one point I would write weekly updates of pub life and Roy would put his own twist on the letters before he read them out.
When we had an extension built he phoned up pretending to be from the planning dept delaying work as it was classed as an historical site! He also judged a beard growing competition where we raised money for a local charity.
Last year I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and through his daughter he offered to give me support. A sad loss to country music, Radio Norfolk and the city of Norwich.
Wendy Cocks from Norwich
He was a good old Norfolk boy and brought entertainment into people's homes with a good sense of humour and kindness.
The commentaries from NCFC games were always entertaining and reflected what a lot of the supporters views. He was the voice of the people.
David Shreeve from Norwich
We are so sad on hearing the loss of the great Roy Waller. We loved him so much for his country music, wicked sense of humour and his ability to make you feel as if you knew him personally.
He has spoken to a few family members on wind-ups on the phone, which we have recorded and are so funny, he was so good at that. God bless you Roy.
Angela and Fred Williamson from Huntingdon
Huge loss of a genuine Norfolk legend. I'm not sure if this has been suggested yet, but I propose giving the commentary booth at Carrow Road the unofficial name of "The Roy Waller Memorial Booth".
Think this would be a fitting tribute and a great way to pay respects in the very seats he made so many great memories. His memory will live on!
David Hannant from Hellesdon
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr Waller and appearing on his show - what a genuinely lovely man. Sorely missed.
Stuart Brett from Norwich
What a sad day for all his faithful listeners.
Roy will be greatly missed, I have such fond memories of his commentaries on a Saturday, his was the voice of football.
Please pass on my condolences to Sylvie and all Roy's family.
Vanessa Cooper-Hemsley from Norwich
It's like losing a dear friend which of course Roy was to all of Norfolk. Our very deepest sympathies to Sylvie and all his family. He will be greatly missed.
Sue and Richard Southerland from Brancaster Staithe
Dear Roy, such a wonderful man. I never tired of listening to his programmes, particularly Saturday morning country music show - he had such knowledge.
Bless him, may he rest in peace.
Clive Edwards from Oulton Broad
As a boy I lived close to Roy. We often rode on our bikes to school together at the CNS.
Thank you Roy for all your country music. I still have hundreds of my old dad's tapes - I cannot believe you have now joined him, he will be as pleased to see you as I will be sad to loose a life long friend. RIP.
Colin Anderson from Blofield
A wonderful man who gave everything but demanded nothing in return. Ever faithful to his roots.
Will be sadly missed by me and my 'extended' family. I owe him for 'primary school memories - summer wear: thick, brown corduroy short trousers, held up by a striped elastic belt with an 'S' snake buckle AND navy-blue woollen swimming trunks!'
Thanks Roy - Norfolk will never be the same without you. RIP.
Barry L. Barney from Drayton
We are so sad to hear of the passing of such a lovely man, our friend Roy.
He helped us when we decided to go professional by playing our albums on his country show. We visited the studio a few times and he was so kind and such a gentleman.
It was always a great pleasure working with him in theatres - we could guarantee the show would be run professionally when Roy was involved.
We send our sincere condolences to Sylvie and family and would like to say he will never be forgotten by those who loved him.
Tony and Angie from March
Saturdays won't be the same without Roy's country music programme in the mornings. His football commentaries in the afternoon were lovely. He was truly a people's man.
Peter Lynn from Dereham
So long Sir Roy. You were our greatest lovely fella and should've been recognised.
God bless and a million thanks for all the loving lovely memories. You will always be within our hearts.
Malcolm Shortland from Whaplode
RIP Roy - forever a legend.
Matt from Wymondham
I will always have fond memories of Roy because my late mother would always listen to him with my children and on a number of occasions, she would be on the phone to him.
What a great man and presenter, he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family.
"What's for tea mother?"
Peter Jennings from Norwich
Football, country music and irreverent wit. Rest easy Roy, you deserve it.
Rob Garnett from Holt
A great loss, a huge gap to fill. He always replied to e-mails sent to him. A real humorous gentleman. Best wishes to all his family.
John Dye from Eaton
As a postman, my van was always tuned to Roy's country music show on a Saturday. He was my company and will now leave a big hole in many peoples lives.
RIP Roy. As the man said, "remember the good times".
Kevin Royal from Wells-next-the-Sea
I used to listen to Roy Waller when I first got into radio to learn how a talk-show works.
I will miss his shows and he was a great and genuine Norfolk figure who will be missed.
Ross Patzelt from Norwich
I am a big Ipswich fan but speaking on behalf of myself and many fellow Ipswich supporters, you were a great presenter and your commentaries will be greatly missed by many people, particularly around derby days.
Rest in peace Roy.
Steve Scott from Felixstowe
A truly sad day. Roy was, in my eyes and ears, an absolute legend.
A local man who was passionate about the area, which radiated from all he did.
My fondest memory is that I consider Roy the Murray Walker of NCFC Commentary. He could make the dullest of matches sound exciting!
My sincere condolences go to his family, I hope the joy he brought others is of comfort to them.
Craig Bailey from Wymondham
We used to listen to Radio Norfolk all the time when I was stationed at RAF Marham in the '80s.
Roy was THE voice of Norfolk and was a lovely person. I seem to recall that we met him on several occasions, opening fetes etc. A true gentleman, always remembered.
Martyn Mander from Leighton Buzzard
Roy - one of Norwich and Norfolk's characters and a Mile Cross boy as well.
Roy, you will missed by us all.
"What's for tea mother?"
Ade Kiddell from Norwich
Our sincere condolences to Roy's family. He will be sadly missed.
Anne Lindquist from North Walsham
It's always heartbreaking when someone passes, but I have a feeling you will be remembered in radio for a long time. Thank you for hours of entertainment!
Natalie from Ipswich
We shall miss him.
Penny Stroud from Norwich
I became a Radio Norfolk listener after hearing Roy commentating on the football. After that I became a firm listener whenever possible of Radio Norfolk. A very, very sad day. My sincere sympathy to Roy's wife, mum, daughters and family.
During a broadcast Roy did for Radio Norfolk from Potters leisure in the 1980s he did a live interview with us and my daughter was on his knee and three years old. he asked her to marry him and she is 24 now and still remembers that. His radio shows were simply the best and he will be sadly missed by all.
Brian Hawes from Peterborough
We are both so sad to hear that Roy has lost his battle for life and we send our love and deep sympathy to Sylvie and all the family, especially his dear mum, his daughters and his sister, Linda and all his family.
Roy Waller was and is unique, a true gentleman whose sole purpose was to make everybody smile and this he did in abundance. We shall miss you Roy but many thanks for all the sunshine. Rest in peace.
Melba and Lionel Goult from Snettisham
Shocked to listen this news and very sad about that. Can't forget Roy provided the Norwich commentary for so many years and especially Iwan Roberts' goal against Birmingham City in the play-off final. RIP.
David Lee from Hong Kong
I grew up listening to Roy on the afternoon show. His programme became a family fixture on long car journeys around the county.
I wanted to work in radio from a very young age. I could never have guessed that I'd end up working with Roy - a dream come true!
I have happy memories of producing him on Christmas morning (getting up at the crack of dawn to ring him at home as he was so worried he might oversleep) and the time we spent racing round Cromer pier for an OB.
Roy was always funny, kind and generous and a real pleasure to work with. He was passionate about broadcasting and the voice of NCFC for many. Norfolk won't be the same without him.
Thank you, Roy. All love to Sylvie and the family. You will be greatly missed xx
Ann Charles from London
I've just had a call from my sister who lives in Norwich to say Roy had passed away.
This is extremely sad news as Roy was one of the first people I met when I started out at Radio Norfolk. Like everyone there at that time, he and his wife Sylvie were warm, welcoming and very supportive. But it's his cheek and humour which I will remember most.
Every morning, his first job would be to walk down that long corridor of an office at Norfolk Tower to read the morning papers.
His second job was to engage me in some kind of banter as my desk was closest to where the papers were. To my cost, his banter was so engaging (or should I say distracting!) that one morning I forgot to go into the studio and subsequently missed one of my sports bulletins!
To this day it's the only time that has happened. Cheers Royston!
It was a massive privilege for me to deputise for Roy on a few City commentaries during my formative years at Radio Norfolk and is something I won't forget.
He may not be with us anymore but he can rest in peace knowing that his warm, infectious and not least of all mischievous personality will be palpable for a long time to come.
Mike Sewell from Northampton
Always had Roy on the radio, loved his Tea for Three, even spoke to us when we were deployed down the gulf for the first Gulf War!
One of the best radio presenters around.
Richard Lindsay from Belton
Listening to Norwich City on the radio won't be the same again. I even listened to his country music show a couple of times!
I think Carrow Road should have at least a minute's applause before kick-off at the Newcastle pre-season game and a chorus of "there is only one Roy Waller". The same for the first home league game of the season.
Douglas Walters from Brundall
Dear, dear Roy. What a lovely man. Without doubt, the funniest and most quick witted man I had the pleasure of working with.
It was a pure joy sitting alongside him in the Radio Norfolk office for five years, every day was a hoot. God bless you Royston, and thanks for the memories.
Andy Archer from Norwich
You made us laugh so much. A friend from afar but still in our living room.
God Bless you, Sylvie and family. xxx
Rona and Dave from Gorleston
Such sad news. Roy was a true genuine gentleman. He has brought much happiness to so many over the years.
Our most sincere sympathy to Sylvie and her family. Rest in peace Roy.
Mike, Lynn, Luke and Taylor Murrant
My thoughts are with Roy's family at this time. He was a great presenter on BBC Radio Norfolk. The airwaves will not be the same again without a true legend. RIP Roy - we miss you.
Mark from Thetford
Roy you will be sadly missed. I remember the fun we had when I entered some of your competitions and the times I met you at Sheringham when you were broadcasting from the North Norfolk Railway.
Love and deepest sympathy to Sylvie and the family and all your colleagues at Radio Norfolk. RIP.
Karen Banford from East Runton
Will be sadly missed by all. My heart goes out to his family and friends and everyone at the station.
Mike from Harleston
Roy was the voice on the radio in my mum's kitchen for three decades - even as a grumpy teenager I had to laugh at his funny phone calls!
It was a pleasure to be a guest on his afternoon shows in recent years - always friendly, ready with a smile and he had a wonderful line in old Norfolk squit.
A real character and a good man who will be seriously missed.
Dean Parkin from Wrentham
Roy became as much a part of our holidays in Norfolk as Norfolk did itself.
We used to love getting to Suffolk so we could hear him in stereo on FM. My mum especially always listened to his show every day back in Kent on MW until the reception went when the sun went down.
I used to love listening to his Norwich City commentaries and will always remember the way he described City's 1985 Milk Cup win.
He has given us many happy times and memories over the airwaves. Love and thoughts are with his family.
Ian Scammell from Whitstable
I met you several times within my working career which was a joy. I listened to you while watching the canaries, also in the kitchen when chefing. Now I will hear you in my thoughts as life goes on.
Thank you for being a friend.
Roy McGee from Wymondham
How very sad. Speaking as a Hospital Radio Lynn Presenter of many years standing, I can only say I always admired Roy for his relaxed, light-hearted, warm, amusing presentation style. He always made you feel that YOU were the most important one in any conversation or interview.
He had a wonderful way with the kids too - using humour to get them to talk to him live on air.
He was always willing to allow me to hijack the show in order promote the latest Fakenham Operatic panto or musical.
I even recall dancing with him behind the curtains on stage at a charity show at the Princess Theatre Hunstanton. A genuine good bloke and a broadcaster from the old school. What's for tea now mother?
Richard Tree from Helhoughton
It's not easy to find the words at this news; my thoughts go to his twin daughters who I grew up with at school.
I knew Roy when I left school and worked with him at Radio Norfolk on outside broadcasts, along with the 'old' Radio Norfolk crew; Keith Salmon, Peter, Keith Skipper, Sylvie in the records library and many more, but Roy was the one that shines out.
Roy will always be a man that Norfolk can be proud of, and we can be proud of being part of that part of local History.
RIP Roy, thank you for being Roy Waller. By the way, mother said it's salad for tea.
Jon Perryman from Lowestoft
Thank you Roy for the smiles you gave us all on your show.
Rest in peace.
Dee Rushbrook from North Walsham
I always listened to Roy on his afternoon programmes and on his Saturday country music show. Met him at country shows in Wisbech, he was such a lovely man, very down to earth. my condolences to his wife and all the family. I entered one of his competitions and won a tea for two mug, now a cherished possession. xxxxx
Sue Harrison from Wisbech
What can I say that hasn't already been said? Roy was one of a kind, a true Norfolk legend, irreplaceable, yes, all these and more. He will be sadly missed by all "in this fair county of ours", as he would have put it.
And what of the memories he's left behind? We all have our fair share, from the old jokes, often repeated, to the office cricket. From his enthusiasm for his beloved Canaries to his pride in becoming Sherriff. From giving us, his colleagues, assistance and advice when we first started at Radio Norfolk to winding us up when he was feeling particularly mischievous! We will remember them all.
Two memories of Roy that will always stay with me, personally, both centre around football and the rivalry between our respective teams, him and his Canaries and me and my Ipswich Town.
The first involved a small wager we had concerning the outcome of a local derby, a wager he lost, his forfeit was to wear an Ipswich Town football shirt for a week.
The local press got wind of this and sent a photographer down to the studios and he insisted that it would make for some good shots to have Roy walk down Surrey Street, in the shirt, and to judge the public reaction.
It must be the one and only time that Roy was booed by the public, but, being Roy, he took it all in his stride and in good humour, I let him off wearing the shirt for the rest of the week.
The second is a story of how much he was appreciated by the Canaries fans.
He and I had just left the Carrow Road football ground, again after a local derby, I think the result had been a draw. As we walked round the corner, there in front of us was a crowd of about 200 or so of the Norwich faithful, chanting for the board to resign.
One of the crowd shouted "Here comes Roy Waller!". Suddenly the mood of the crowd changed and the chant with it. "One Roy Waller! There's only One Roy Waller!".
As we walked past I could almost feel Roy swelling with pride. For a football commentator to receive that kind of spontaneous adulation must be unique in the world, just like the man himself.
We will miss you Roy but we will never forget you.
Kevin Newman from Norwich
One of those rare people you felt connected with, a true gentleman who was Norwich through and through. Will be sadly missed by so many.
Malcolm Comer from Norwich
Roy very kindly helped us when we first launched Bowel Cancer Screening at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
He was generous with his time and his commitment and I have no doubt he helped us reach a large number of people that might otherwise have been unaware of the screening programme. We remain grateful for everything he did.
On a personal note I've also been left with a lot of happy memories of listening to Roy's colourful commentaries on BBC Radio Norfolk over the years from Norwich City away games.
He was passionate and he had character - there was nothing anodyne about Roy's brand of commentary.
Thanks for all those memories Roy and I count myself lucky to have met you. My sincere condolences to Sylvie and the family.
On the ball city and RIP Roy.
Andrew Stronach from Norwich
Roy was so kind with his words to lonely people, it was as though he cuddled them through his words and voice over the radio.
May we all now return those cuddles with our happy memories of a wonderful presenter and football commentator to all his family and friends at this time of their very sad loss.
Keep the happy memories - no one can take them away. Rest in peace.
Chris from Rackheath
Roy brought great joy into my mum's life. She is 90 years old with very little sight and so Radio Norfolk has been her main communication with the world.
She always (as did I and my husband) enjoyed his commentary on every Norwich game. We had such a laugh at his comments.
Mum is currently in the N and N recovering from her second bowel cancer operation and will be listening to your programme today.
I'm sure she is as devastated as is most of Norfolk to hear of Roy's passing.
Please pass on our heartfelt condolences to Roy's family. We never met him, but he has played a big part in our lives.
Anne Clark from Loddon
Its a very, very sad day for Norfolk. Roy was such a cheerful and bubbly character and brought laughter wherever he went and whatever he did.
I have had the privilege to have met him on many occasions. Roy will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Roy. Sincere sympathy to Sylvie and the family. God bless
Pat and David Webb from Stiffkey
I got to know Roy and Sylvie over the years and they have become friends and both of them are truly lovely people.
Roy was larger than life and had time for everybody! One of my funnier memories of him is when he and Sylvie came to watch one of our pantomimes about four years ago and a stray butterfly flew onto the stage whilst the Dame and I were on there.
It caused much laughter and the next day on Radio Norfolk, Roy said, "If you haven't been to the Loddon panto, you should go. Sylvie and I went last night and it was great - look for the scene with the butterfly!"
Well, of course, the butterfly never came back but all the audiences kept asking, "which scene was the butterfly in - we didn't see it?".
I sent Sylvie a message telling her this and she said, "that Roy, I knew that would happen!"
This was typical of his humour. He was a truly lovely man. I have endless memories of him, but there is not room to write them all. I am so sad that he has gone and send my love and hugs to Sylvie and Roy's family.
I will remember his words and will - "always remember the good times". God bless him. xx
Maureen Larkin from Loddon
I met Roy for the first time during an interview on his country music programme a few years ago. Roy and I kept in touch over the years and shared the same love for music. I appreciated his passion for life and for country music.
I will miss him greatly. May God be with his lovely wife and family.
Billy Yates from Nashville, USA
So upset to hear the sad news of our Roy Waller's passing, can't take it in at the moment.
Have shed many tears, listening to the programme with David Clayton and Nick Conrad sharing the airwaves in tribute to such a lovely, kind caring and endearing man, who brightened up our lives, with his quick wit and caring words to so many people.
He did make us feel as if he was in our own front room sharing our daily lives together. He loved talking to the children and asking them if they had a joke to share with him. And the way he talked to us when he called us up, I have fond memories of his lovely voice when he called me a few years ago, I shall never forget it, wow!
We will all miss him greatly, love to his mum and especially to Sylvie and all his family.
God bless him, he will be a big star in Heaven.
Thinking of you all, with love and prayers. xxx
Carolyn Davies from Costessey
Roy, even to this day I can only be grateful the police were not around when you had me in tears of laughter when "winding up" one of my work colleagues over her forthcoming holiday!
Fortunately during the worst (best) bit I was stopped at the traffic lights at the top of Queens Road driving home from work. I'm sure many of the people in cars nearby wondered who this crazy woman laughing aloud with tears rolling down her cheeks was.
Roy - to Sylvie, your mum and family, a huge thank you for allowing us to share in his life and I hope you all are finding the love expressed for him as much as a comfort as he gave many of us through dark and dismal days.
To his work colleagues -thank you for giving us such a wonderful presenter for so may years, my heart goes out to you for your sad loss, he wasn't just the heart of Radio Norfolk, he was the heart of Norfolk.
God bless, rest in peace Roy and are the Angels into Country Music yet?
Karol from Dereham
What a great guy and he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Jan and Barry Smith from Lowestoft
What a man. I never met Roy but his voice and wit helped me through my three years of depression and I even recorded Radio Norfolk to take with me when I flew to the other side of the world to visit my son and his family in New Zealand. Thank you Roy for the help you gave me without even knowing. God Bless.
Avril Almey from Snettisham
I was so very sorry to hear of Roy's passing - I never even knew he had been so ill. Please pass my very sincere condolences to Roy's family.
I have some wonderful memories of him, when I first came to live in East Anglia back in the '80s, - here in Suffolk we only had commercial radio at that time, so I tuned into BBC Radio Norfolk and was hooked by 'Tea for Three'.
This delightful afternoon programme really kept me going - and laughing too; Roy called himself 'The daftest broadcaster in the world'! I loved his banter with kids, 'What's for tea, Mother?', and the game of 'Hangman' which I would play against him, scribbling on my layout pad alongside designs (I am a stamp designer).
Life won't be the same without Roy - he was truly a lovely man.
Jenny Toombs from Benhall
Recalling all the happy hours spent with Roy on the radio, who made doing the ironing so much fun for me. Will always treasure the apron won on his morning programme. Such a sad day but such a worthwhile life.
Roy Waller was a wonderful presenter. He is one of the reasons we have Radio Norfolk on daily in our house. His afternoon show with children ringing in was one not to miss. He always was interested in what they had to say and they always enjoyed speaking to him. A great loss!
Wendy Smith from Bradwell
As a Norwich City and country & western fan, I always felt that Roy was speaking to me personally when I heard him on the Radio. He was never afraid to speak his mind, if Norwich were having a poor game he would say so in his commentary.
On Saturday mornings, whether I was in my lorry our at home, I always listened to Rodeo Norfolk. I am sure that for many it was the highlight of their week to hear their names mentioned by Roy.
As the old saying goes, what you saw is what you got with Roy, he always treated everyone the same. The nearest we got to meeting Roy was at a Sandringham Flower Show, but as usual Roy was so popular everybody wanted to talk to him.
God bless you Roy you brought lots of smiles and happiness to a lot of people.
George and Mary Osborne from Stowmarket
I have listened to Roy since he started broadcasting in 1980. He brightened everyday with his wit and humour. I was lucky enough to accompany him when he did a broadcast on Norwich Shopmobility. We bombed around Chapelfield on two mobility scooters and whilst being informative for the listeners, he injected his usual humour into it.
He will be sadly missed by so many. My thoughts are with his family.
June Gadsby from East Tuddenham
It was a pleasure to briefly meet Roy in March when he came in to speak with Keith Greentree on Rodeo Norfolk, and also when I was 10 years old he rang me up live on air when I won a car-sticker competition. A true broadcasting legend, never to be forgotten in his beloved county and beyond.
Samuel Ball from Thetford
It's hard to understand why people are taken from us. Roy will be sadly missed but we can take comfort in knowing that he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. Memories are a legacy of love. Heaven will be full of laughter from now on. God Bless Roy, you were very special.
Linda Stone from Salhouse
I was stunned when reading the very sad news of Roy's passing and would like to offer my sincere good wishes to Sylvie and family.
Whilst I did not actually know Roy personally, listening to his radio broadcasts, morning and afternoon shows, Saturday's Rodeo Norfolk and of course the totally unbiased Norwich City FC commentaries made you feel like he was there talking just to you as a friend.
Lets hope he is watching over us and can see his beloved NCFC regain Premiership status if not this coming season, then soon.
Rest in peace Roy.
Brian from King's Lynn
We have known Roy for many years on the country music rounds. We lived in King's Lynn when we first met Roy.
We have met him on many occasions afterwards at country music venues all over Norfolk, where he was always ready to have a chat, wind people up and generally have fun with everyone.
He was a great character who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
Thanks Roy for all the many great times.
Bill and Diana Stevens from Feltwell
We are so sorry to hear this news this morning. Roy was the Friend we never met!
Our sympathy goes to all his family and all at Radio Norfolk, may he Rest In Peace.
Eileen and Phil Kibler from Horning
A real friend. He will be sadly missed by the entertainment world. Happy days when he compered my many shows at the Theatre Royal.
Missing you already
Sydney Devine MBE from Glasgow
Just heard the sad news great bloke - really great bloke, multi talented - a real loss.
Chris from Norwich
Sending our deepest sympathy to all Roy's family. He will be missed by so many people. A lovely man.
Brian and Mary Wedge from Terrington St John
So sorry to hear sad news about dear Roy. Had great times with him. He once visited Ann in hospital when she was very ill and cheered her up lots. Will miss him lots on radio and country shows, a lovely man. Roy will be sadly missed. Love to Sylvie and family.
Ann and Terry from Gressenhall
Thanks for all the laughter and fun, also your love for country music. You will be sadly missed. Love to all your family.
Sue, Richard and Ann
Roy was a great character and a real gentleman. He helped charities in many different ways - on the radio, taking part in events and just being who he was. We thought he was great and will miss him.
Julian Bryant, director of The Matthew Project
Roy was a special broadcaster - a Radio Norfolk legend who spread happiness and humour in everything he did. He will be sorely missed. My sympathy goes out to Sylvie and all his family.
Ann from Beccles
What a sad day for us all. Much love to his family. He will be sadly missed by everyone.
Margaret Waterson from Newmarket
Six years ago I lost my husband but Roy and his wit and humour helped me through the sad times. Love to Sylvie and the family, take care and God bless.
Wendy from Sprowston
Roy was a true Norfolk boy. Although I never met him, his kind and friendly nature could be heard whenever he was broadcastings. He will be missed by many. Condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.
Nigel from King's Lynn
Roy will be sadly missed both as a friend and much loved broadcaster, a gentleman in every respect and our thoughts today are with Sylvie and Roy's family, God bless.
Margaret and Peter Chown from King's Lynn
So sorry to hear the sad news of Roy's passing. He will be missed by thousands of fans & my sympathy to his wife & family. Rest in Peace, Roy.
Andrea Sanders from Norwich
For me Roy was the voice of Norwich! His commentary was brilliant and is one of my earliest memories of being a young Canary. I am incredibly saddened by this. My heart goes out to his family, RIP Roy.
Ben from Ipswich
I worked on the Action Desk from 1995-1997 and sat at the next desk to Roy. He was just great fun and was always kind and had no side to him. He spoke with great kindness to everyone and I for one, will never forget him.
He was a great man and I loved working near him. I'm very sad today to hear of his passing but I know that he has gone to a better place for he was a good man. I'm so sad for Sylvia too as I knew her well and I send her my deepest sympathy as I do to all the family.
Ricky Russell from Mundesley
Roy had been my life-long hero, after listening to him on my Walkman whilst working in a factory the time passed so quickly and I felt like all the other people, like he was part of my family.
I finally got to meet Roy when I came in to talk about my band The Glamtastics, he loved his country & western but would always be enthusiastic about other styles of music. It was really wonderful to meet him, like all great givers he had no idea how much he was loved by so many, what a guy! He will be greatly missed.
John Cramer from Norwich
We never met Roy but he has been part of our lives for the past 30 years. To us on this sad day the highlight has been the smiles and laughter while listening to the numerous tributes and stories. Surely this is a wonderful tribute to his character. A "Good Old Norfolk Boy" has passed on. Dew yew rest easy bor.
Brian and Olive Boldero
The word legend is often over-used, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that Roy was a true Norfolk legend, in his own right.
I spent many a day as a youngster listening to Radio Norfolk, knowing that one day I wanted to be at the helm of the controls, presenting my own programme and/or reading the news. My dream came true, and Roy and his colleagues at Radio Norfolk helped me realise it.
I first met Roy when I began my broadcasting career at BBC Radio Norfolk back in 1996, in Norfolk Tower at Surrey Street. Whether it was at breakfast time during the week or late on a Saturday, Roy always managed a smile and a joke.
Roy would often pick up his cricket bat and tennis ball and start a spontaneous game of cricket in the office, and after a few of balls (maybe an over or two at times, if we were lucky!) it was time to get back to work. No team won, no team lost; this was Roy's way to put more humour and jokes into the office.
And then there was the time he asked me, as I came out of the studio having read one of the breakfast sports bulletins, why I had failed to mention that the Norwich City manager at the time had resigned. You should have seen my face; and then Roy's face when he finally admitted that he was joking.
I moved away in 1999, but thankfully BBC Radio Norfolk's Medium Wave frequency travelled the miles too, and I was able to continue listening to Roy; even though my friends thought I was mad, listening to the broadest Norfolk accent any of them had heard!
Roy's memory will live on, his seat will be hard to fill, and today's on-air tribute has been perfect. I am sure that Roy's friends and colleagues will continue to remember with fondness. With love to Sylvie, and all of Roy's family.
Matthew Barrett from Norwich
A really, really sad day. Roy was a true gent and I was lucky to know him for the last six years. I'm a little lost as to what to say here, but I'm glad we gave each other a hug the last time we saw each other.
Paul Moseley from Norwich
Every time we crossed the border into Norfolk we would tune in hoping to catch Roy's programme - he was a joy to hear, and will be sadly missed.
Pauline Redhead from Whittlesey