A FORMER landlord lauded for pulling ‘the best pint of Pedigree in the town’ has died.
Derrick Strange and his wife Dorothy were well known throughout the town during the 60s, 70s and 80s for running several successful pubs.
His family talked to the Mail of the 83-year-old’s ‘delight’ that he felt having been able to celebrate his diamond wedding anniversary earlier this year.
Daughter Paula White said: “It was wonderful that dad was able to celebrate his 60th wedding anniversary this year and see family members both then and the week before he passed away.
“It was heartening to see his wonderful smile right up to the last moments of his life.
“He suffered with his health, beating prostate cancer, and had a hip replacement, and began to suffer from dementia around five years ago.
“This meant that his family had to make the difficult decision to move him into Abacus Care Home where he spent four happy years with the residents and staff, who always regarded him as their favourite.”
Derrick and his wife met while working ‘on the buses’ in Burton in August 1952, and were married in 1953.
Derrick left the buses to work at BTR, rising to the role of transport manager.
During his time there he also ran, along with Dorothy, the Forest Gate pub in Moor Street, owned by Marston’s.
The couple ran the pub from 1967 until 1971, and later moved on to the Cooper’s Arms, in Anglesey Road, in 1972.
Following their success at the Cooper’s, Derrick and ‘Dot’ were given the tenancy of Marston’s flagship pub, the Royal Oak (more affectionately known as ‘the Sump’), in Newton Road, in 1976.
They retired from the pub trade in 1987 when they moved into a house in Bretby Lane.
Derrick was a resident at Abacus, in Rolleston Road, Burton, before he passed away on October 12.
His funeral is due to be held at Bretby Crematorium on Friday.