Derek Albert Pates (23 Feb 1933 - 27 Dec 2018)

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Bramcote Crematorium, Reflection Chapel Coventry Lane Bramcote Beeston Nottingham NG9 3GJ
23rd Jan 2019
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In loving memory of Derek Albert Pates who sadly passed away suddenly on 27th December 2018.
Derek was born in Nottingham on 23rd February 1933, one of 3 brothers born to Albert and Hilda Pates.

Derek spent time working in the RAF and then spent over 40 years as a fitter making valves at Hattersley Heaton in Lenton.
Derek married Dorothy in March 1959 and they were to be husband and wife for nearly 60 years. Together they had a son Graeme and a daughter June.

Derek had a great and obsessive love of fishing and entered many fishing matches which culminated in various trophies and cups. Also a fan of football too.
Derek had 4 granddaughters, a great grandson and a great granddaughter. He was delighted when 2 of his granddaughters showed an interest in football at aged 6 (although I think he’d have preferred it to be the fishing). They continued to play as they grew older and he’d often support them and watch them play the “beautiful game”.

Throughout the years Derek had a few dogs as pets and Max his faithful Yorkshire terrier (who was with him when he passed) doted on him following his every move.

Derek also loved pottering in his garden and would grow his own vegetables and flowers and also enjoyed watching his fish in the pond.

Derek will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and neighbours but leaves some lovely and funny memories which will be treasured forever.

Beverley Matto (nee Fox) wrote

Sending love and heartfelt sympathy to Dot and family, so very sorry to hear of your sad loss. Sorry for the lateness I’ve only just found out. Will miss seeing Derek when walking his little dog. We often had a little chat about Berridge Avenue from the sixties.
With love

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  • Thanks Beverley. Dad wasn’t I’ll or anything and he passed away watching tv. The paramedic said he thinks he nodded off and just didn’t wake up. He’d complained of a pain in his chest but after lots of questions and asking if he was ok on several occasions and him saying he felt ok, we thought he was alright. Dad’s cause of death however was a heart attack. We’ve had to put mum in a care home as she has advanced Alzheimer’s. She doesn’t really understand he’s gone and is always asking his whereabouts. Max (the little dog) has a new home with one of mum and dads granddaughters, Kayleigh (Graeme’s daughter). He’s very happy and goes on loads of walks as Kayleigh is a fitness fanatic! Thanks for your message Love June

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