IN MEMORIAM 2019
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of the following Old Derbeians in 2019
NAME OF OLD
DATE OF PASSING
YEARS AT SCHOOL
|David Owen||10th January 2019||1950-1957|
David Owen of Spondon who was a frequent attender of the ‘Class of 1950’ reunion group
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
To his wife Ann, his son’s Mark, Paul and John and step father to Debbie
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
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.