Derek Searby

Normanton, West Yorkshire


Normanton, West Yorkshire


SEARBY Derek CBE TD Died on 3rd April 2021, aged 77,peacefully at the Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract.Much-loved husband of Christine, father to Giles and Louise, and grandfather to Thomas, George, Jessica and Harry. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions a private funeral will take place...

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We met Derek as pay clerks in the Territorial Army some 30 years ago. Derek was our boss and became a great friend (and mentor to me, Mandy). We used to have a great laugh and had some amazing experiences, leaving us with fabulous memories. Derek was our "posh friend", we were an usual set of friends from very different walks of life that formed a strong friendship that saw our families grow and expand. Marriages, births, graduations, grandchildren. We shared a lot and are extremely...

3 Amigos. Great friends, laughs, memories. Rest in peace, all or love Mandy & Ange. X

From Brigadier (rtd) His Honour Philip Norris OBE:

As a 78-year-old reader of The Times at my home in Kent, I saw the name, sadly, of Derek Searby in the death notices today, and it sparked the memory that some 55 years ago, in the mid-1960s, he and I were both budding young solicitors in Wakefield. I then left Yorkshire, and Wakefield chums, for pastures new - and only now, all these years later, do I see the name of Derek Searby again, in a place, sadly, I would not have wished....