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An eccentric charity fundraiser who once dragged a sled through Hamilton while dressed in a fur coat has died.

Rhoderick Lowthorpe, who was 75, passed away at Kingston Hospital in Surrey, England.

Mr Lowthorpe, a father of two born in the East Midlands county of Lincolnshire to Raymond and Zenna Lowthorpe, earned a public profile in Bermuda in the 1970s by teaming his physical fitness with his taste for the theatrical.

His charity work included a walk from St George's to Hamilton in a suit of armour, and a charity rickshaw run — also in costume.

Mr Lowthorpe was “knighted” for his philanthropic efforts in a mock ceremony in 1977 by the Governor of the day, Sir Edwin Leather, after the charity walk in Crusader armour.

Mr Lowthorpe was fond of motocross racing and powerboats and competed in the Round the Island Race in the 1970s.

Mr Lowthorpe divided his childhood between Bermuda and Britain before he settled on the island in the late 1960s and took a job in the advertising department of The Royal Gazette.

Keith Tacklyn, who worked with Mr Lowthorpe in airport security in the early 1990s, said his friend, despite his high-profile charity work, had a reserved character.

Mr Tacklyn said: “He was very proper with his British upbringing.

“His jokes were very dry and he was not extroverted.”

Mr Tacklyn added: “But he was a cool guy — he spoke up when he needed to.”

Mr Lowthorpe also served for many years as armour-bearer, or church adjutant, to the late Bishop Goodwin Smith of the New Testament Church of God in Hamilton, who died in 2007.

Mr Lowthorpe moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the late 1990s before he returned to the UK in 2007.

He died on May 7, and is survived by two sons, Rashard Thompson and Fard Shaheed.

His family asked that donations in his memory be made to Family Centre.

Charitable work: Rhoderick Lowthorpe, at motocross racing on Coney Island, Hamilton Parish, in the 1970s. Mr Lowthorpe earned a public profile in Bermuda by teaming his charitable side, physical fitness and his taste for the theatrical. Mr Lowthorpe's charity work included a walk from St George's to Hamilton in a suit of armour, and a charity rickshaw run - also in costume (Photograph from online)
Arise gallant soldier: Rhoderick Lowthorpe gets “knighted” by Sir Edwin Leather, then the Governor, in an offbeat ceremony after one of his many charity exploits (Photograph from online)

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Published May 27, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated May 27, 2020 at 8:58 am)

Rhoderick Lowthorpe (1945-2020)

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