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June 18, 2010


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Nick Dennis

Sorry to hear this and I know my Headmaster will be sorry too - he and Derek worked together.

Si Brown

Beautiful Chris! Derek was also my mentor and leader, after the first 8 years of my career I can honestly say that the doors I walk through in my working life are all of his crafting. I doubt I will ever have more professional respect for any other.

Paul wardle

There are not enough words to describe Derek but he leaves a legacy behind through his vision and I for one will miss him and remember the time he spent with me. Cramlington will not be the same without you Derek and we will try to ensure all your hard work is used to take us to the next level. Watch out for those birds in heaven and may you rest in peace.

Gerry O'Hanlon

What a great eulogy, Chris.
I was fortunate enough to be at CHS as Derek was building the school into what it is now. I have happy memories of working with so many good people there and found that Derek was also very supportive of my work for justice with Amnesty International and other charities. I also met his lovely wife who went on before him and whom I am sure he sorely missed.
I am really sad to hear that Derek died recently -May he rest in peace.
He certainly did his best to serve education and our young people, God bless him.

Gerry O'Hanlon, Director of Learning, Global Dimension, Academy 360. Sunderland.

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