by MattBrown Posted on October 5, 2010 at 2:42pm
This is a personal tribute to my mate Derry who died tragically on Sunday 3rd October.
Derry was a remarkable bloke. It has been a real pleasure to call him one of my best mates, and to meet him even, for him to have touched our lives. He was a giver. He was generous without expectation. He was a true Welshman, passionate about the nation, the team, and the heritage. He was reliable, honest, consistent, funny, clever, driven, loyal and compassionate.
I can’t believe he’s gone, but I’m trying to take some solace from the fact that he entered my life, despite it being for too short a time.
We met in 1983 when he moved from Cornwall to North Wales with his mum and his sister. He’s been a fabric of my life since then. 27 years, but that’s gone now, in a heartbeat – literally. My heart goes out to his mum, and family, and the friends and colleagues he’s left behind.
He won’t be forgotten, and I personally will use the memory of him and the way he was as an example to set, a bar to aim for.
He was fatally injured at the scene of a motorcycle crash on Sunday 3rd, October, on the Northbound carriageway of the A3 near Petersfield, in circumstances which have left his family and close friends in shock, and disbelief.
I wanted to just write this down because I can’t still get my head round what’s happened.
Dez Llew, Dyfed Steels, Dez Braech, Dez Wastrafu, Stick I Mewn. Gutted.
Rest in Peace Derry – gone but never forgotten.