In Memory of

derek

Derek H Davis

Mrs Lynne Brown & Family,

 

On behalf of all my colleagues in the School of MACS, I am sending our deepest sympathy on the death of your brother Derek.

Derek worked in the finance office of the School since June 2017.  His office opens on the main corridor of the School, in normal times every colleague would pass at least once or twice every day. Derek had always a smile and word of recognition for everybody. His friendly and open personality was appreciated by all, and his laugh and positive attitude truly helped in resolving all sorts of problems. He thrived on human contact and was at his best when he could help and then see the relief his help brought on people’s faces.

Derek was utterly professional, well organised and resourceful, so it was a relief for the School management to leave matters in his capable hands. At a human level, he was always ready to help all staff, going above and beyond his professional duties. Our PhD students in particular relied on him as a steadfast support whenever something upset their plans, or themselves. He always found time to talk and encourage them.

We will miss him very greatly, and hope that our memories of him, collected here, can be of comfort to you.

 

Professor Beatrice Pelloni

Head of School

Owner :June Maxwell
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Tony Weir

Shocked and sad to hear about Derek. He was reassuring and considerate when discussing finance matters and a lot of fun to gossip with after inaugural lectures. He will be misssed by me and all. …

June58

Linda Jazayeri

So sorry to hear this sad news. I worked in the office next door to Derek for over two years and we had so many laughs. I am sure your family will have many good memories as Derek was a lovely man.   …

June58

Stefano

Truly sorry to hear the loss of Derek. He was always willing to stop for us during his busy workdays at least just for a few minutes, to have a wee chat and some banter, always helpful, always kind, always cheering everyone up with a friendly smile. We will miss him – to the …

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Lesley

I was so shocked to learn today of Derek’s passing. Although we only worked together for a brief time, he was always one to bring laughter to the office. I will miss him forever coming to check if his parcels had yet arrived. Sending warmest condolences to all the family & his closest friends …

Lesley

Manuel

Derek had such a wonderful sense of humour. What a pleasure to meet in the corridor early in the morning. I will always remember the cheerful and joyful virtual (departmental CSI) meeting we had just the week before his passing away. My sympathies to Derek’s family. …

June58

Hannah Hendry

I’m still so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Derek – I have worked with him off and on through the last 10 years at Heriot-Watt, but more closely recently when he joined my direct team. His sense of humour was right up my street, and on many meetings had me in …

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Johnny Inch

Derek was one of a kind; So very friendly, funny and above all outgoing. He helped me more times than I can count and always with a smile. He will be very much missed. Johnny  …

June58

Scott Wilson

We were very saddened to the hear of the passing of our cousin Derek. He was a very kind and friendly guy. Always had nice things to say about people and loved a laugh.  He will  be sadly missed.  Deepest condolences to all the family.  Scott, Emma, Ellie and Taylor x …

June58

Loraine Cameron

I was so saddened to hear about Derek, it was a complete shock.  Derek had an amazing personality and although I’ve only worked with him over the past year he still managed to make a real impression on me.  He had a wicked sense of humour which made the last year more bearable, he’ll …

June58

Lorna Brown

Dear Derek,  I was devastated to hear of your sudden death and cannot believe that when I come back to work you will not be at the end of a Teams call or in the office upstairs for me to pop in and visit. I started at HWU in early 2018 and you very …

June58

Mary Garbouj

Dear Derek, I was so very sad to hear the news.  You were such a kind hearted man.  I very much enjoyed the times we had together when you were our Financial Controller, always brightening up those dull budget meetings.  You had a knack of being able to make people relax even in stressful …

June58

Mary Garbouj

Dear Derek, I was so very sad to hear the news.  You were such a kind hearted man.  I very much enjoyed the times we had together when you were our Financial Controller, always brightening up those dull budget meetings.  You had a knack of being able to make people relax even in stressful …

June58

Rosemary Carson

I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of Derek.  I last chatted to him just before we broke up at Christmas time and he was his usual bubbly self; putting the world to rights.  I always had a chukkle when we finished a call as he always made me laugh.  He will …

June58

Lisa Scott

I can’t believe Derek is no longer with us. He was always willing to help with any finance issue I had, but he’d always share a story and a laugh and brighten up your day. During lockdown, our head of Department initiated a weekly coffee break and would randomly allocate staff into groups of …

June58

Christine McBride

Derek was one of a kind, a gent and a friend. We spent hundreds of hours together in the same office sharing knowledge, and tales of previous jobs and travels. We were kindred spirits, both originally from the ‘west coast’ – I think over the years we talked about every place and topic possible. …

June58

Jacqui Baird

Darling Derek, You were one in a million 🌟 I’ll miss you so much 😢 I’m so sad to be writing this.  Got to know you when you first arrived at HW, in my reception days, while you were staying in Leonard Horner. We’d blether every day after your MFDR tea until you had …

June58

Kirsty Macmillan

From the beginning of my PhD, it became very clear Derek was the person to go to if you needed help! He was always willing to go the extra mile to make our lives easier and would often greet you from the corridor where his office was, which many of us past at least …

June58

Phil Bartie

I was just chatting to him online before Christmas about purchases for the national robotarium… he was being so helpful and finding resourceful ways to get the things ordered despite the current challenges of the world. Every time we chatted he always showed his good sense of humour, and chose some really interesting backgrounds …

June58

Lisa Wright

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of derek, he was such  a kind, caring and person, always had a smile and always made time for a chat Derek will be sadly missed a true gentleman RIP Derek …

June58

Amanda Curry

I was so saddened to hear the news. Derek was the admin call you didn’t want to miss – he always brightened my day with his travel stories and his jokes, and he always went out of his way to help. We were all lucky to have him in our lives. My deepest sympathies …

June58

Susan McConchie

Oh Derek – can’t believe I am writing this. It may have been two years since we last spoke but I have so many memories of you – especially from LBB. Laterly when we were all scattered around the campus you never failed to phone me once a week for an early morning catch …

June58

Ioannis Papaioannou

Derek was one of those people that no matter how busy your day would be, when you pass through his office you know you HAVE to stop and have a wee chat, even a simple “hello”, and he would brighten your day. He was always positive and extremely helpful with any situation that would …

June58

Anne Murphy

Sending my deepest sympathy on the passing of Derek.  He was a really friendly, helpful colleague with an infectious laugh. I can’t believe there will be no more Teams calls with him to discuss the latest problem with student finances, and no more cheery greetings as we pass his office door.  He will be …

June58

Adrian Hurt

No matter how busy he was, Derek always made time for any requests I made.  He was always so friendly.  We shall not see his like again. …

June58

Jennie Hansen

To Derek’s family – Derek was such a kind and generous person – always ready to help anyone who stopped by his office with a question or a problem. He was always patient, even when I was completley confused about some finance procedures or forms or asked him a silly question. He had a …

June58

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