It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of the following Old Derbeians in 2019




David Owen 10th January 2019 1950-1957

David Owen of Spondon who was a frequent attender of the ‘Class of 1950’ reunion group was died recently on 10th January 2019 aged 79 years. His funeral took place at St. Werburgh’s Church in Spondon attended by well over 100 people, followed by a private cremation.

Several glowing and funny tributes were given by his two sons and also the Vicar. Being deeply involved with Spondon Cricket Club of which he was their President for over 40 years he will be sorely missed. Being a good cricketer and footballer himself he inaugurated a youth training scheme within the Club, which he managed for many years, being awarded ‘Cricket Coach of the Year in 1974.

 After attending Derby School from 1950 to 1957 he became very proficient in the French language including studying at the Sorbonne. He retired his teaching career at Littlleover Comprehsive School on Pastures Hill when offered the opportunity and then became a courier and guide for Riviera Travel, making many trips to both France and Belgium. Always a most outward going old boy he will certainly be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him over the many years.

 To his wife Ann, his son’s Mark, Paul and John and step father to Debbie and and Pippa we offer our sincere condolences. 

 J. Barrie Sheard – OD Society Archivist



Neville Copestake 26th January 2019 1940-1945

Obituary of Neville Keith Copestake (1940-1945)

Neville Copestake of Folly Road, Darley Abbey started his Derby School education as one of the first second formers to attend the newly opened Amber Valley Camp at Wooley Moor in north Derbyshire. Remaining there for the whole of WWII. Neville died recently on 26th January 2019 suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Whilst at Derby school he became a member of the school’s Cadet Corps and was always considered a first-class shot having been taught by his father how to shoot from an early age. Leaving School he had to undertake his National Service as a soldier serving with the Pay Corps, attached to the Parachute Regiment.

Following into the family’s motor cycle business known as Palin’s Motors he developed it into a good business, many young men in Derby buying their first motorcycle from the business and he did not retire until 1987. Always a keen gardener and often with a project he was undertaking in his garage. On retiring he was able to take up his hobby of golfing, becoming a member of several clubs like Mickleover, Kedleston and Chevin.

Neville leaves behind his wife Barbara along with his son Ian and daughter Dawn and their respective families to whom we extend our sincere condolences.


Roger Lucas 13th April 2019 1946-1953

Roger Lucas of Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday 13th. April 2019. Our condolences to wife Ann and family at this sad time.



Norman Chapple 17th April 2019 1942-1948

We have been informed by Norman’s daughter, Claire-Louise, that our dear friend Norman passed away yesterday at home very peacefully. He had been suffering from Alzheimers for some years but had deteriorated over the last few weeks. Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time. A full  eulogy will be posted when received.


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