Thursday, 16 September 2021

Boxing ref and loving family man

DEREK (DEL) RUSSELL was born in 1939 at Mount View, Henley and attended the local infant school, Trinity and then

DEREK (DEL) RUSSELL was born in 1939 at Mount View, Henley and attended the local infant school, Trinity and then the National School.

After school he worked at the Henley Brewery until he enlisted in the army as a regular soldier in the Tank Regiment, a career he loved.

While serving in North Africa he had a accident that caused severe spinal and head injuries and he was medically discharged from the army.

Del went on to work for several local companies, including Waldens and Greens, then went into heavy plant before finally driving lorries for Heritage Bathrooms until his retirement. Del loved Spain and with his wife Kathleen bought a little place and spent many months of the year there.

He was well known for his love of sport and when his sons became involved in amateur boxing he offered support and ended up becoming a well respected judge and referee.

He spent many evenings attending different venues in this capacity.

Del had four children, Vincent, Maria, Douglas and Nicolette, an adopted son John and nine grandchildren. He was a very loving father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by not only his family but his many friends both here and in Spain.

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