David Legge (Professor) (4 Apr 1936 - 7 Jun 2020)

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Markeaton Crematorium Markeaton Lane Derby DE22 4NH
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In loving memory of David Legge who sadly died on 7th June 2020 at the age of 84. He was in hospital having been ill for several weeks.

David was born in South London on 4th April 1936, to Frances Joan & William Dudley Legge. David had a much-loved younger brother, Peter (deceased).

He left home for boarding school at an early age, though did not enjoy the experience. As an excellent student, however, he pursued an academic path after leaving school: Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree; Doctorate; Professorship. He also undertook National Service, stationed at Honiton in Devon.

David’s academic career in Higher Education began as University Lecturer (Birkbeck College, London). He next took the role of Dean of Education (Huddersfield Polytechnic). After a number of happy years, he moved to become Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Staffordshire University). David also worked independently with the Open University, and several educational institutions across the world, validating degree courses.

Former President of the British Psychological Society and highly respected; during his career, David published a number of psychology books and papers.

David met his first wife Sylvia in Streatham when they were 16 years old. They were married in 1959 at the age of 23 and had two sons, Steven and Mathew.

David met his second wife Hilary at Birkbeck College. They were married in 1976, relocating from London to Huddersfield with Hilary’s daughters, Melissa and Alexandra. David & Hilary remained together until she died of Alzheimer’s in January 2017.

He was a keen sportsman. Rugby in earlier years before suffering an injury, then discovering a passion for sailing. This culminated in the ownership of a series of yachts and sailing holidays in the UK, and further afield. The years moved by and golf became a significant part of David & Hilary’s lives. As a founding member of High Leigh Park Golf Club (Knutsford, Cheshire), David’s intellect was put to good use on the Committee.

David was very regimented in his ways; a creature of habit. He prepared meticulously for everything with detailed research – never leaving anything to chance. This stood him in good stead his whole adult life and served to keep mind and wit agile. After suffering a stroke some years ago, he made a near-complete recovery through self-discipline and mental gymnastics: reciting the alphabet backwards and learning Bridge.

David had a heart of gold, which remained hidden for a number of years to his children and stepchildren, but which was clear to Hilary, his friends and his colleagues. Hilary’s diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s had a profound effect on the way David viewed the world. He was devoted to her care – unwavering and unstinting.

David leaves behind his two sons, Steven and Mathew; their spouses, Lisa and Tracy. His two Stepdaughters Melissa and Alexandra; their spouses Keith and John.
He was the proud Grandfather of Jamie, Chloe, Rebecca, Emma, Seb, Tasha and Ollie. David’s family extended to Australia.

David’s funeral takes place on Wednesday 24th June at Markeaton Crematorium, Derby. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions invitations cannot be extended. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, charities close to David’s heart were Alzheimer’s Society UK and Cancer Research UK.

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The picture at the end of a day on the boat on the River Wey Surrey.

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Dad driving the boat in Summer 2017.

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Mathew Legge donated £50 in memory of David

Rest in peace Dad ... Love you

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Mathew Legge donated £50 in memory of David

Rest in peace Dad ... Love you

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Sandra Bland donated £100 in memory of David

Dearest David - a friend and confidante we feel blessed to have had in our lives. You will be sadly missed

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Keith Thompson donated £50 in memory of David

In memory of a close colleague and friend

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Seb Dean wrote

RIP David. You were always a granddad to us and you and Hillary welcomed us with open arms. Glad you can be reunited now, lots of love Seb & Laura xx

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Chris Barton donated £20 in memory of David

He was good at his job, and exemplary in dealing with his juniors. May he rest in peace.

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Bill Legge wrote

Thinking of you on 24th thanks for the emails over the years your cousin Bill Perth Western Australia

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Judy Bloomfield donated £25 in memory of David

Niece, daughter to Peter Legge

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With Love from J&J xxx

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With Love from A&J xxx

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