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Photograph: Bob Derrick delivers Aquaboxes which have been filled with useful items by Bob and the club.Robert (Bob) Derrick

1931 (2nd July) - 2018 (20th December)

It is sad to report that Rotarian Bob Derrick died peacefully in Leicester Royal Infirmary on Thursday 20th December. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.

Bob was born in Castle Donnington on 2nd July 1931, the middle son of three born to Kathleen and Arthur Derrick. 

After leaving school he worked at Slack and Parr, Kegworth but soon tiring of this he decided to join the Marines. A friend persuaded him to join the Navy instead.

His first assignment was on the “Royal Arthur” shore based at Corsham, Wiltshire followed by H.M.S. Ceres, York, where he trained to be a “Junior Assistant Cook”.  The next move was to H.M.S. Mariner, a Mine Sweeper, where he was on ‘fishery protection’ for eighteen months trying to keep our fishermen out of trouble. 

After visiting a lot of countries including Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Germany, he was transferred to H.M.S. Hornbill a Naval Air Station near Culhum and Abingdon. The first thing the Chief Cook said was that he had heard good things about Bob so he was put in the Petty Officer’s Galley where he could get promotion.  Here he worked with Petty Officer Len Glover, a Leicester man, from whom he learnt a lot. During his time in the Navy Bob took part in N A T O exercises and finally he was asked by the Draft Commander if he would like to serve on H.M. Yacht Britannia. He served there as Leading Hand on the Yacht for his last ten months in the Navy leaving on 1st July 1956. He then worked at Castle Donnington Power Station for the next thirty-three years most of the time as Operations Supervisor.

Photograph: Bob Derrick with multiple pairs of spectacles on his head and smiling broadly.Bob met Eileen in the Airport Club in 1968 and they got married on 5th August 1970. They moved to Lutterworth in 1988 where he retired the following year.

Having retired he joined Lutterworth Rotary in 1992 and became President in 2000 and obtained a Paul Harris Award in 2005 with his wife Eileen for the work they had done through the Club for “Aquaboxes” and “Vision Aid Overseas”. They used to run a coffee morning each Saturday collecting for the Aquabox a charity very close to Bobs heart.

He was a real gentleman always impeccably dressed and respected by all who met him something he would have denied – Bob was just Bob who took no sides.  In his eyes everyone was on a level playing field.

Bob will be greatly missed in the town and the club for which he did so much.