Qualifying in 1959, Mr Rawling was the third generation of the optical family and worked in the Surrey area for over 40 years. An early adopter of contact lenses, he started fitting lenses in the 1960s.
Mr Rawling was a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers. He was also a councillor for Chaldon in Surrey for 24 years and chairman of Tandridge District Council twice during that time.
He was heavily involved in the local community, having been chairman of school governors, local benevolent trusts and other organisations.
A passionate gardener and an expert on rhododendrons, Mr Rawling was also a camellia judge for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and was involved in the rhododendron, camellia and magnolia group of the RHS. For 13 years he was the editor of the group’s Bulletin Newsletter, which was circulated all over the world to fellow enthusiasts.
A service of thanksgiving for Mr Rawling’s life will be held on 10 September at St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Caterham, Surrey at 1.30pm. Bouquets of flowers are welcome, or donations to Alzheimers UK or Chaldon Village Hall.
All enquiries should be directed to the funeral directors, BC Baker & Son, telephone 0188 334 3219.