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Derek Mervyn Cowlan

1939 - 2022

Beloved husband of the late Ingeborg, dearest dad of Robert to Jane and Diana to Terry.


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  1. Hi grandad

    I will always miss you

    But it makes me so happy that you would ring Tash and talk with her and the boys they are my greatest achievement and knowing you saw them and spoke to them makes me so happy

    I will love you always and I hope I make you proud

    Love and miss you now and always

    Stu, Tash, William and Theodore

  2. Bye Derek.

    You will always be remembered as a great friend to all of us.
    We will treasure the good times spent with you and
    Diana and Terry.
    It has been a pleasure knowing you.
    Rest in peace and meet up with your beloved Inga.


    George & Maureen Houghton
  3. Auf Wiedersehen liebe Derek. It was nice talking to you. R.I.P My dear friend 😔🥰

    Karin Borrett
  4. Strange how we first met Derek in Paderborn, Germany, and within a few months we moved to Berlin. We then lost contact until we met up again in Poole, and you had retired from the Army Catering Corps (ACC), but then you worked in Bovington and so did I.

    We have managed to keep in touch until you moved on to a Catering job on high!

    R.I.P dear Derek, you will be sadly missed! 😔😔

    David Borrett
  5. Derek you were one of life’s gentlemen, who was very kind and considerate, always keeping in touch.
    Diane and Terry will sadly have a huge void in their lives with you gone.
    There are not many people these days with your calibre – one of a kind.
    Love Pauline

    Pauline Barnes
  6. Dear Derek

    It seems hard saying goodbye for the last time, so unexpectedly. We feel lucky to have such fond memories of you. A kind, generous man, truly one of life’s gentlemen, who was never happier than when surrounded by people enjoying themselves.

    God Bless with Love from Lorraine and Mike

    Lorraine Wilks
  7. Such a shock to hear about Derek.
    Sad to lose another old friend. My condolences to Di and Robert and other family members.
    With love from Liz XXX
    Mark sends his love as well

    Liz wright
  8. Grandad,

    I wall always cherish the memories of summers spent with you and Nan in my favourite place. As much as it’s sad that you are gone I take solace in the fact that you are reunited with nan
    You’ll always be my big natterbox who taught me how to make pancakes
    Rest in peace

    Love Lorna

  9. It was such a shock to hear the news about Derek.

    I shall miss our chats on a Wednesday.

    Our condolences to Diana, Robert and families.

    Always in our thoughts.

    Jean, Bob and Peter Allen

    Jean Allen
  10. Hi Derek

    You were always such a joy to talk to. Whenever we would talk you would always bring a smile to my face.

    You were such a great part of my extended family and it was a joy to know you.

    Thank you for everything you did for me

    It was a pleasure to know you, and you will be truly missed.

    Lots of love Derek

    Love Charlie xxxxxxx

    Charlie Piper
  11. What a shock, we were only putting the world to rights a few days earlier. Hope you sorted those pesky kitchen fitters out. Both being ex-military we could talk the talk. Nice to have known you, your good lady and children all those years. From a neighbour across the road. Sleep in the arms of the Lord mate. Malcolm.

    Malcolm Russell
  12. You will be sadly missed Derek especially our chats over the garden wall. You were a great neighbour and a close friend. Rest in peace.
    Dot, Mike and Family.


Service Details

Friday, May 6th 2022 - 13:45
Bournemouth Crematorium, Bournemouth Crematorium, Strouden Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 9HX
Albert Marsh Funeral Directors

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