A former regional press journalist has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 67.
He died at home surrounded by his family after being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus earlier this year.
Derek joined the Derby Telegraph as a news reporter in the early 1970s and after a period away from the paper, rejoined it in the late 1980s.
Former Derby Telegraph journalist Lucy Orgill said: “Derek was a wonderful writer who was very well educated.
“He spoke beautifully, especially around women, where he could be shy and coy at times. But when he was with the boys he was a real Jack the lad with a sharp sense of humour.
“He was articulate and could sometimes come across as a bit of a country gent. He will be sadly missed.”
Derek’s funeral was due to take place on Tuesday.