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Old 18th December 2017, 09:00   #1
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Default R.I.P Windrush

It is with great sadness that the Club must wish Derek Best (Windrush) Godspeed
after he fought a long and brave battle with failing health.

Derek joined the Owners Club the day it began on 5th November 2006
and had logged in virtually every day since, welcoming new members
and sending birthday wishes to those in the club who were celebrating their big day.

With his charming wife Lilian at his side, Derek lived for our National meets
and together they would make the trip from their home in Aldershot to wherever the club held a gathering.

Derek's pride and joy was his Pearl Black 2 litre CDTi Connoisseur SE Tourer
which he had from new. Many of you will have seen it at meets
with it's radiator grille emblazoned with badges including our club's.

In his time with the club Windrush had made over 74,000 posts giving him the record
for the highest post count of any member by a long chalk. He was a very proud man,
and served his country in his younger days in both the Royal Air Force & Territorial Army
as part of the Royal Hampshire Regiment, and to this end he would always report for parade on
Remembrance Sunday in full uniform.

In recognition of his dedication to welcoming each and every new member to the club,
on 15th April 2012 at our 12th National Meet, we awarded him with a trophy for outstanding commitment to the club,
something which took him by complete surprise.

Derek and Lilian have made a great many friends through the club over the years,
his passing leaves a big hole and he will be mourned by many of us,
but we will never forget his warmth and friendliness and a better ambassador for the club you could not wish to meet.

Rest in peace Derek, we will all raise a glass to salute you sir.

Derek Best
1933 - 2017

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Old 18th December 2017, 09:13   #2
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I'm sorry to hear of Derek's passing. I, for one have never met Derek but it's obvious what an important role he plays in the club and the positive impact he has. Rest in peace.
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Old 18th December 2017, 09:13   #3
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That bloke was like a surrogate grandfather to me on this forum. R.I.P Derek and all thoughts to Lilian x x x
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Old 18th December 2017, 09:15   #4
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I had been expecting the black and white club banner but still a shock to see it. Not only the club but the world has lost a true gent, RIP Derek. Our thoughts are with Lillian and the family.

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Old 18th December 2017, 09:19   #5
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That is so sad he was a true gentleman my thoughts are with his family at this sad time
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Old 18th December 2017, 09:23   #6
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Lovely dedication to a fine man and great example. Thanks, for this, and once again, love to Lillian and family
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Old 18th December 2017, 09:42   #7
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A lovely and fitting tribute to a man with the very same traits.
You are now at peace Derek, it has been a privilege to have known you. You will never be forgotten by this club
Cheers. Rich…
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Old 18th December 2017, 09:43   #8
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RIP Derek.
Very sad news this I only spoke to him a couple of times at a couple of meets, he was a grand chap, condolences to Lillian and family.

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Old 18th December 2017, 09:48   #9
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Simply stunned to hear of this, really thought and hoped that Derek would pull through. Would have liked to have had a discussion with him about something but in his heart I think that he already knew - along with the few. God speed Derek.

Well done Reebs, a really nice synopsis which Derek I'm sure will be very pleased with.
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Old 18th December 2017, 10:14   #10
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RIP Derek.

Very sad news.

Condolences to Lillian and family.
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