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Derek Hale


Many Kibworth and Great Glen residents will be saddened to learn of the death, in his 91st year, of Derek Hale who for many years lived, with his wife Ruth, in Weir Road and, more recently in White Street.

Derek was born in Lancashire and when he reached call-up age in the later years of the War was delighted to be selected for the Royal Navy and for Officer training at Dartmouth. When commissioned he served in several ships including an aircraft carrier for a tour of the Far East.


After ‘demob’ and a degree in Economics at Hull University, he joined Proctor & Gamble. Then a few years later he got a job in Purchasing at Leicester’s then biggest employer - British United Shoe Machinery Co.

Derek worked his way up to becoming Purchasing Manager and during his career he was elected as President of the national Purchasing Officers Association. He was also very active in organising sports and social activities in the ‘BU’ and served a year as President of their Quarter Century Club.


Derek was very proud of his children, son Jonathon and daughters Christine and Deborah, and delighted in their growing families.

He lived until he was 90 and, with failing eyesight, became a familiar sight in the High Street slowly tapping his way en route to his daily visit to the Co-op.


After a few weeks in hospital he was moved to Peaker Park - an excellent Market Harborough nursing home where he died peacefully, visited to the last by all his family.

 Issue 400
March 2018

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