Category Archives: Obituary

Memorial service for Judge Derek Clarkson

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Derek Clarkson will be held in St Peter’s Church Harrogate at 1.30pm on Saturday 16th October.

Petronella has advised that she is still working on a list of invitees but Forum Members can always watch the service on Zoom where the meeting ID is 817 2310 6322 and the password 206345


Passing of Fred Spurrier

I regret to inform Members of the recent death of Fred Spurrier.

Fred joined the Forum in 2014 when he was the ripe old age of 84. He was introduced by John Clark after meeting in the Valley Gardens where they were on manoeuvres with their model boats.

I’m afraid Fred’s career and background are not with me but, in the Forum he was always cheerful and a willing helper in setting up the kitchen with John. I also understand he was a lay preacher and, many moons ago, played the part of a young Nanki-Poo in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado”

His funeral will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 5th October at the Mission Church, Starbeck

Our condolences are extended to his Family Members. R.I.P.


Passing Of Gordon Percy.

I regret to have to advise you of the death of member Gordon Percy on the 7th September in Harrogate Hospital.

Gordon had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease early last year and declined rapidly from July this year.

Gordon ,who was 81, had a career as a geologist for many years in Sierra Leone and then latterly had a shop in Wetherby before retiring.

His funeral will be at Stonefall Crematorium on Monday September 27th at 11a.m.

I have offered our condolences to his wife Jennifer.

Its another sad loss for the Forum and of someone whose company I personally enjoyed. He was a thoroughly nice man.


Funeral Arrangements for Peter Staples

Peter’s funeral will take place on Friday November 13th in St. Robert’s Church Pannal at 230p.m.

Numbers are limited in the current situation but the service will be streamed live on You Tube and anyone wishing to participate this way can join online using the link



I am sorry to have to advise you of the death of Peter Staples on October 27th. He had been in Harrogate Hospital for a small operation but developed pneumonia and passed away.

Peter was another member from our 2008 intake and had been our Chairman for the 2016/2017 season. and in 2011, assisted by his wife Margaret, gave an illustrated talk to the Forum about their trip from Rio to Lima via Macchu Picchu which was well received.

Peter was another Forum stalwart, always cheery and friendly and will be much missed by his friends and members.

Condolences have been offered to Margaret and family on behalf of the Forum .


More Distressing News.

I am sorry to have to advise you of the death of Bardner Horn today. Gordon Percy advised me that Bardner suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequently passed away.

Bardner had been a member since 2008 and a regular Forum attender over the years.

Our condolences are extended to his family.



It is with real regret that I have to let you know of the death of His Honour Judge Derek Clarkson Q.C. Derek died peacefully at his home yesterday.

It is good to remember celebrating his 90th birthday last Christmas and he had also just celebrated his Diamond Wedding.

Derek was a popular and respected Forum Member having joined in 2005 and he was our Chairman in the season 2017/2018. More importantly he contributed to our activities enormously with his amusing and regular talks on his legal reminesces and mysteries. At the annual Christmas lunch he further entertained each year with appropriate anecdotes and stories.

He will be sorely missed but also remembered with real affection by many.

Our condolences to Petronella and family are sent at this time.

My thanks to John Taylor for providing the advice about Derek’s passing.



I’m sorry to have to advise you of the death of Ken Selkirk, a former member who attended intermittently for many years and may be remembered for his polished votes of thanks.

My thanks to John Taylor for providing this information.



I can confirm that the funeral arrangements for Dennis are Wednesday January 22nd at 3 p.m. at Stonefall Crematorium and afterwards at the Pavillions.



I am sorry to have to advise you that member Dennis Anderson passed away yesterday evening at the age of ninety after a short period of ill health.

Dennis had been a member since 2012 and spent his career in teaching, latterly as a headmaster retiring from Coppice School. He was my next door neighbour for over twenty years and a friend who will be missed. Condolences have been extended to his family, wife June and son John.