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John Simpson Roper (1860-1907)
1907 Obituary 
JOHN SIMPSON ROPER, born on the 13th July, 1860, was educated at the Grammar School, Lancaster, and served his articles to Messrs. Harrison and Hale, Engineers and Surveyors, of that town.
From 1883 to 1888 he held the position of engineering assistant on the Earl of Bective's estate at Kirkby- Lonsdale, where he had charge of gas and water-supply, sewerage and drainage works, and the erection of buildings and embankments.
Mr. Roper died on the 10th May, 1907, aged 47.
He was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 6th April 1586.