Pemberton, Charles Derrick
The funeral was held recently for the late Charles Derrick Pemberton of Castle who died on 6th December 2005 aged 73 years. Charles, known as Derrick, was born in Sale, Manchester to the late Charles and Lilian Pemberton and he had a younger sister. He was brought up in Bollington, London and Northwich. He attended Victoria Road School, then later Rudheath School. Aged 14 he began work as an apprentice bricklayer at Appleton’s in Winnington, where he stayed for 4 months, before moving to the Post Office and worked as a telegraph boy for the next two years. When he was 16 he worked at Weaver Navigation on flatboats, his first boat was called “Whale” and the next “Shark”. Derrick had to do his National Service; when he was 18 he joined the South Staffordshire Regiment for 6 to 8 weeks before transferring to the Devonshire Regiment. He went to Korea and Japan with the Gloucestershire Regiment. After he was demobbed on 25th October 1952 at Reservoir Barracks he returned to work at Weaver Navigation. Derrick joined the Territorial Army and served with the 7th Battalion Cheshires until 1965, on leaving he ranked as Sergeant Major. He became a rigger at I.C.I. in the Boiler Plant at Lostock until 1967, when he moved to Lostock Garage being employed as a mechanic until 1984. On 7th May 1983 he married Ivy Spruce at Holy Trinity Church, Castle. The following year he became a Driving Instructor and with his wife Ivy, set up and ran “Penarth School of Motoring” for 13 years until his retirement. Derrick was a model railway enthusiast and built four model railways. He enrolled at Dinting Railway Centre in 1971 and passed as a steam loco driver in 1980, he drove the Flying Scotsman and had also driven Stephenson’s Rocket. He visited Victoria, Australia for two months in 1981 to restore a steam loco. He also restored two vintage 1950 MG sports cars, models MGTD and MGTF. However his pride and joy was a 1955 Royal Enfield Super Meteor Motorbike, which won many prizes in local events. Derrick is survived by his wife Ivy, a sister and three brothers in law. The funeral service was held at Holy Trinity Church, Castle followed by committal at Altrincham Crematorium, conducted by Rev Sheila Hughes. In addition to family floral tributes, donations were received for St Luke’s Hospice. Arrangements by George Bell Funeral Service, Greenacre Funeral Home, Northwich.