Derek North

Passed away on 07 October 2020, aged 75 years.


Group Captain
Derek North DL RAF(Ret'd) Suddenly "slipped the surly bonds of earth" at home on 7th October 2020 aged 75.  Devoted husband of Valerie;
loving father of Jill and Robert. Due to restrictions, a private funeral, with
webcast, will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Cinnamon
Trust, via P&S Gallagher, Haywards Heath (01444 451166), to whom all enquiries should be addressed.  It is hoped to hold a celebration of Derek’s life in the Spring.

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TOTAL DONATION

£1,070.00 + £243.48 Gift Aid potential

KEN CLAXTON

Although we chatted only briefly at recent 92 Squadron reunions Derek, I particularly remember you as one of the larger than life characters on the Squadron when I spent a couple of weeks with you at Gutersloh in 1975. Thank you for making such a junior RAF "sprog" feel so welcome.

£40.00 + £9.50 Gift Aid
07/11/2020
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Sarah Dunne

Thank you Derek for many years of supporting our school so whole-heartedly as a governor and Chair of Governors. You were a hugely committed advocate and ally of the school and staunch in the face of many challenges over the years. We'll always remember your contribution at Gossops Green Primary; bless you.

30/10/2020
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Toby and Annie

RIP Derek. It was a pleasure working with you on the Governing Body at Gossops Green Primary school. Your professionalism and strong leadership served the children and staff well.

£40.00 + £9.50 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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Philip & Jane Bromham

Born six months apart he was the cousin I grew up with and felt he was more like a brother. Wonderful memories of times past, never to be forgotten.

28/10/2020
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Phil and Andrea Roser

In fond memory of our Best Man and a great friend. For the good times we have shared, and the great flying and comradeship. We will miss you, Derek, and we are honoured to have known you.

£50.00 + £11.88 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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Tony Herbert

From one "Blue Job" to another many happy lunches at Goffs Park Crawley RAFA. God Bless

£20.00 + £4.75 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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DIM JONES

Derek, A privilege to have known and flown with you.

£50.00 + £11.88 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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Anonymous

£20.00 + £4.75 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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Geoff & Sue

A sad loss of a really good guy and a true gentleman. We have many great memories of Derek over the years.and will treasure them.

28/10/2020
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Philip Hogan

I briefly knew Derek through his work supporting the schools in our Multi Academy Trust. He was a true gentleman and a pleasure to have be with. May he rest in peace.

£20.00 + £4.75 Gift Aid
28/10/2020
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Dennis Cockerton

Thank you for all your help and advice. R.I.P

27/10/2020
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Jim and Dawn Martin

In fond memory of our big hearted friend who leaves a big gap in many lives, but also a big legacy of generosity, hope and positivity. Rest in Peace, Derek. Love Jim and Dawn

£50.00 + £11.88 Gift Aid
27/10/2020
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Gareth Cunningham

Derek, it was a privilege to know you. I have many happy memories of our time together at Gutersloh, including a flight with you in a "T-Bird". You were, quite simply, a lovely man. If we ever manage to hold another 92(F) Squadron reunion, you will certainly be saluted by all your friends.

£50.00 + £11.88 Gift Aid
27/10/2020
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Ian Rachel Chris Ellie

Derek I will miss you Bro! in so many ways. For: Teaching me good table manners when you came home from Cranwell to our asbestos filled prefab. I will always remember you frowning at me from the other end of the table when I didn't eat my peas from the back of my fork, even though I was only 3. The model toy cars you brought home. Taking me for a ride in the rubber carpeted load area of your grey mini van around South Norwood. Bringing your friends home and letting me play with them. Pete, Brian and Liz. Seeing you dressed up in your flying suit and helmet. Being an inspiration to do well at School, even though I only went to a comprehensive. Encouraging me with my failed application to join the General Duties branch of the RAF. It was Pilot or join the BBC. Driving from Germany to be with Dais and me when Dad died. Taking me out for driving lessons in the Audi (100GL 1972). I was more frightened of failing you than any examiner, hence passing first time.

26/10/2020
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Ian Rachel Chris Ellie (Continued)

Selling me that Audi in 1978 and the exhaust falling off within a week... Educating me in the delights of alcohol and telling me how to "make a call on the white telephone". Telling Dais and me to book the Harwich to Bremerhaven ferry instead of flying. The smorgasbord was not so appetising once we left harbour. Recommending Java Pilsner, Harvey Wallbangers, and Gin and Its. Waiting until after midnight for me to ask Rachel to marry me whilst in Munich. It almost slipped my mind as we were having such a good time. All your help and advice when Dais died, sorry the bequeathed TV lasted only a month (payback for the Audi exhaust?). Giving me an idea of what my hair will look like in 17 years.. Enough, I hope you knew how much I looked up to you, even though you were shorter. To me you will always be Del.

26/10/2020
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Brian & Liz

26/10/2020
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Robin D. Chapman

Rest in Peace, Derek.

£15.00
26/10/2020
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Rob, Caroline & Bethanie

Always in our minds, always in our thoughts

£150.00 + £35.62 Gift Aid
25/10/2020
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Alan & Norene

What a cruel world, made better for a while by your presence, which we are now denied. Thank you for the memories "old chum".

24/10/2020
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Anonymous

22/10/2020
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Anonymous

22/10/2020
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Derek North

May you fly 'Shoulder to Shoulder' forever with your comrades and friends.

22/10/2020
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Sue & Chris Sadler

In Memory of such a true Gentleman who will be sorely missed as both a great friend and colleague. Rest In eternal peace young man. xxxxxx

£20.00 + £4.75 Gift Aid
22/10/2020
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John Williams

In memory of an outstanding colleague and friend

£100.00 + £23.75 Gift Aid
22/10/2020
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Liz Gardner

With very fond memories of Derek and the kind gentleman that he was. Sincere condolences to his family.

£10.00 + £2.38 Gift Aid
21/10/2020
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Gerald (Gerry) Law

Derek was a fellow member of the RAF and a regular attendee at the RAFA lunches. He was always friendly and cheerful and will be much missed by all of his comrades. RIP Derek.

£50.00 + £11.88 Gift Aid
21/10/2020
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