Chalfont Heights stalwart mourned

Tributes have been paid to a popular resident of Chalfont Heights who served the estate over many years.

Derek Bryan, 87, was a former Chairman of the Roads Committee which maintains the estate and its roads on behalf of 200 families who live here.

Derek Bryan (1931-2018)

Derek and his wife Pamela moved into their home on Chiltern Hill almost a half century ago in 1969. For many years Derek served as a volunteer on the Committee, chairing it for six years from 2002.

Born in London, he graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Physics and Maths and went on to work in marketing for the British photographic company, Ilford, and later internationally for engine component manufacturers.

He was always interested in cars and motor racing. Derek was instrumental in organising a parade of classic cars which retraced the route of historic hill climbs on the Chalfont Heights Estate in June 2015.

Chalfont Heights Hill Climb re-enactment, 2015

A genial, kind and patient man, for many years Derek was the driving force behind the committee of volunteers who serve the estate.

Fellow Chalfont Heights trustee and committee member Robin Mellor said: “Derek was the most knowledgeable and conscientious person and devoted himself to looking after the affairs of Chalfont Heights. His knowledge of the estate and its history was outstanding and he supported me in my capacity as a trustee with responsibility for development. He had a wicked sense of humour. I will really miss him.”

Jonathan Pegler, who later followed in Derek’s footsteps as Chairman of the Roads Committee, commented: “We shall all miss Derek. He was a clear-thinking and commanding presence as Chairman, and gave generously of his time and expertise over the years after he stepped down.  I could not have functioned as Chairman without his help and support.”

Derek Bryan (right) at the street party marking the Royal Wedding , 2011

Derek ran a wine company as a hobby and was a qualified Advanced Driving Instructor. He loved playing golf, and listening to music – attending concerts and recitals in London and across Europe.

He leaves his widow, Pam, to whom he was married for 63 years, children Kate and Rod, and seven grandchildren.

If flags were flown in Chalfont Heights, they would surely be at half mast today. Rest in peace, Derek.