Derek Gladman of Lincoln Road, Stamford, former Stamford Town Mayor, passed away at home on September 11 aged 84 years.
His funeral service took place on September 25 at All Saints’ Church, Stamford, the Very Rev Mark Warwick officiating.
The son of William and Joan Gladman, Derek was educated at Bury St Edmunds Grammar School.
From 1947 to 1953 he served with the Grenadier Guards in Germany and Austria and also at Royal Palaces.
After his service career, Derek became a mechanical and electrical engineer, becoming a planning foreman for the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works (MPBW) which became the Department of the Environment (DOE) which went on to become the Property Services Agency (PSA), working on airfield lighting at RAF Wittering.
An active member of local government, Derek became a Stamford Borough Councillor in 1970, going on to serve as Stamford Town Councillor, Lincoln County Councillor and then Stamford Town Mayor from 1978 to 1979 and Deputy Town Mayor 1983 to 1984.
He also held the post of Governor and Chairman Stamford College and Fane School, Governor of Stamford Bluecoat School, and Governor of Stamford School.
Among his other posts were secretary of Stamford Labour Club, Vice Chairman and Chairman of Stamford Tourist Association, Town Council representative Stamford Chamber of Trade, chairman of Stamford Festival and co-founder of the Stamford ex-Mayors Guild.
Derek also undertook many charitable roles including president of St John Ambulance Stamford, trustee and chairman of Stamford Municipal Almshouses, chairman of the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion, and president of the Stamford branch of the Royal British Legion.
An extremely busy man, Derek still found time for some relaxing hobbies and pastimes, including wine making, poetry, antiques and collectables and militaria.
Family mourners were: Howard, Martyn and Steven Gladman (sons), Violet Gladman (daughter-in-law), Michelle, Victoria, Nicola and Ben (grandchildren), Kara, Kyedel, Sammy, Milly-May, and Sonny (great-grandchildren), Dave and Janet Parker, Marcus Vaughton.
Sympathisers included: Denise and Michael Wade and family, James Fay, Julie Dalton, Ann Cameron, Peggy Frisby, Enid Smith, Pat Gilbert, Cliff Shepperd, Dick Carvey, Val and Chris Strickley, Penny Bunney, Melanie Sharpe, Jenny Jones, Sam and Rita Downs and family, Valerie and Graham, Mr and Mrs C Fortnum and family, Tracey Gooderson, Jim Body, Brian and Grace Marsdon, Colin and Brenda Francis, Valerie and Tony Story, Mr and Mrs Brown, Sylvia Rawlings, Mrs G Parsley, Frank Gerbiwo and family, R Sandall, Pauline Lodge, Pat Thompson, K Plant, John Dawson, Doris Borowik, Grace Scriven, Harrish and Pam Bisnauthshing, Sue Bishop, Mr and Mrs C Cramp (Blackstones Football Club), Marilyn Woodbridge, Rodger Woodbridge and family, Alec and Renee Burt, Brian and Vera Green, Beryl and John Ingham, Alan Patrick, Frank Magee, Alan and Eileen Bennett, Geoff Winston, John Harvey, Cllr M Exton, Maureen and Sam Jalili, Colin and Nip Helstrip, Kath Leaman, Ethel and Albert Cooper, Peter Spiegle, Mr and Mrs J Curtis, Gordon Williams, Sue Edwards, Nobby Noble, Morae Roberts, Bruce Neilson, Olive Thorpe, Ray Beresford (Vice Chairman), Cllr Brian Sumner, Cllr Brenda Sumner, Mr Stevenson (Grenadier Guards), David and Angela Higgs,
Representing Past Mayors - Cedric Cadman; Keith and Dianne MacKenzie-Ross; John Judge and Jane Roberts, Patricia Stuart-Moss (Town Clerk), Joe and Toi Clinton.
Representing The Royal Britsh Legion - Roy Prentice and Marian Freeman; Brian Gibbons; Keith and Carolyn Mellowes; Mr M Griffith; Simon Erskine Crum; Paddy Moore; Jim and Pauline Rimmington; Graham Sorfleet; J Smith; Mrs E Elliott and S Bonde.
Representing Burghley Probus - Graham Credy; Ron and Pauline Jones; Peter Tibbert and R E Ford. Sylvia Garner and Ian MacGillivray (Blackstones Sports and Social Club).