Lochaber com­mu­nity mourns death of much-loved sea cadet lieu­tenant

The Oban Times - - News -

THE com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the Lochaber Sea Cadets, Lieu­tenant Der­rick Warner, has died.

Der­rick died on Tues­day April 11 fol­low­ing a sud­den heart at­tack on Mon­day.

Der­rick, who was a mem­ber of the sea cadets for al­most 13 years, was last week de­scribed as a ‘ great man’ and ‘ a true gen­tle­man’ by friends and col­leagues.

The Sea Cadets North­ern Area is­sued a state­ment say­ing: ‘ It is with deep sad­ness that we in­form you of the un­timely pass­ing of Lt (SCC) Der­rick Warner.

‘ Der­rick had been a mem­ber of the Sea Cadets for al­most 13 years, and spent 12 of those as the CO of TS St Christopher at Lochaber. He saw the unit achieve Burgee sta­tus in 2015, the same year that he was run­ner-up as vol­un­teer- of-theyear in his com­mu­nity, and he took the unit to the record num­bers that it holds to­day.

‘ He was kind, gen­tle, and he gave hugely of his time to help young peo­ple pros­per. Not only did be com­mand TS St Christopher, he was an as­sis­tant district of­fi­cer and was ever-present at Red­ford Bar­racks as a key mem­ber of the area train­ing team.

‘ He will be missed sorely by his fel­low vol­un­teers and by the hun­dreds of cadets he en­cour­aged and sup­ported through­out his all-too- short time with us. Our con­do­lences to his wife Tanya and fam­ily.’

Der­rick was a prom­i­nent mem­ber of the Lochaber com­mu­nity.

He was pres­i­dent- elect of the Ro­tary Club of Lochaber, and cur­rent pres­i­dent Paula Ross said: ‘ Der­rick was such a great sup­port to me in my pres­i­den­tial year.

‘ Kind, help­ful, gen­er­ous and with a crack­ing sense of hu­mour. Noth­ing was ever too much trou­ble.

‘Our thoughts and con­do­lences to Tanya and fam­ily. We will miss you, Der­rick.’

As well as his work with the sea cadets, Der­rick was the op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer at Scot­tish Nat­u­ral Her­itage.

His back­ground was in ecol­ogy and, dur­ing the 1990s, he had been the war­den of Glen­coe.

George Hogg, SNH’s South High­lands unit man­ager, added: ‘ We’re deeply sad­dened to learn of the pass­ing of Der­rick.

‘ He was a main­stay of our Fort Wil­liam of­fice for 12 years, and his vi­tal­ity, ge­nial­ity and knowl­edge of Scot­land’s nat­u­ral her­itage will be re­mem­bered fondly by his many friends and col­leagues.

‘ Der­rick de­vel­oped an early in­ter­est in na­ture while grow­ing up in Fife, and joined SNH af­ter many years manag­ing busy coun­try­side prop­er­ties at Ar­ran and Glen­coe with the Na­tional Trust for Scot­land.

‘ He had real pas­sions for birds, ge­ol­ogy and the marine en­vi­ron­ment, and loved en­thus­ing oth­ers while work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­nity groups and young peo­ple.

‘Our thoughts are with his wife Tanya and their two sons.’

Der­rick Warner was the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Lochaber Sea Cadets and de­voted much of his time to help­ing young peo­ple.

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