The funeral has taken place of the late Derek Hayes of Rudheath who died on 15th November 2005 aged 72 years. Derek was born in Rudheath, the second eldest of a family of five, to Charles and Emily Hayes. He had one brother and three sisters. Derek was brought up in Rudheath and attended Victoria Road School and later Sir John Deaneís Grammar School. He married his wife Vilma Joan at St Helenís Parish Church, Northwich on 26th September 1953 and they set up home in Rudheath. Derek worked as a fitter at W J Yarwood & Sons, shipbuilders and at I.C.I. Runcorn as maintenance foreman. Derek was a fan of Northwich Victoria Football Club and he liked painting, reading and doing crosswords. He enjoyed bird watching and scratch model making. Derek leaves his wife Vilma, two sons, a daughter-in-law and four grandchildren. The service and committal were at Altrincham Crematorium, conducted by Rev Paul Dawson. In addition to family floral tributes, donations were received for the R.S.P.B. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Greenacre Funeral Home, Northwich.