Passing of one of our members

We are sad to announce that one of our London Branch members Derek Prentis has passed away on 15 March 2023.

Posted 12th Apr, 2023

We are sad to announce that one of our London Branch members Derek Prentis has passed away peacefully on 15 March 2023, less than a week before his 98th birthday.

Details of the funeral are below. The day will be a celebration of Derek’s life and all the joy and positivity that he brought to so many. Member are encouraged to feel free to dress how they wish: the family does not want anyone to feel that they have to be sombre.

Date and time
Thursday 4 May 2023 at 1100

The Crematorium
The River View Chapel
Church Rd, Bowers Gifford, Essex SS13 2HG

There are two Chapels at the Crematorium – please go to the River View Chapel (on the right side as you face the buildings from the entrance). There is plenty of parking.

Public transport: If you are arriving by public transport, the nearest station is Pitsea
( ). The station is about 1.3 miles from the Crematorium. There are regular trains from London Fenchurch Street and the journey time varies from around 40 to 60 minutes.

Live stream
You will be able to view the live stream of the Service, from approximately 5 minutes before the service start time. Please be aware the service is in a public building and earlier services may overrun. Please use your discretion should you see activities unrelated to the service you are here to view.

In advance of the service, we strongly recommend you log in to the site and test your internet connection using these details:
Website address:
Username: dugo9622
Password: 446051

Flowers and donations
Please note that there will only be flowers from the immediate family.
Anyone so wishing can make a donation to the Royal British Legion.
There will be a “box” on the day for cash or cheques and the Funeral Directors will manage that side of things.
You can also make donations for the RBL online via:
The RBL, as many will know, is one of the family’s charities and Derek was responsible for organising collections in the City of London for almost 60 years. He stood on Fenchurch Street Station each year himself (and in latter years Roger joined him). It is a charity that meant a lot to him.

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