1. In the late 1950’s Ralph Hopps set up Automation Research within National Provincial Bank and staffed it with a few branch bankers including Derek from a London branch and myself from Stockton on Tees. We installed a Ferranti Pegasus computer pending the arrival of the more powerful Orion. Derek designed our first branch banking computer system and we attached 5 London branches – the first UK bank to do so. He was very bright and could easily have made a career in computing but chose to stick to banking. We kept in touch as we both had young families and shared sporting interests. Our biggest success together was winning the Cosser Cup, the NP’s cricket knockout competition. He had a very successful banking career and devoted a lot of time in retirement to the NatWest pensioners association and became it’s President. He was a great guy and highly regarded by colleagues, family and friends.

  2. Derek was my boss at NatWest Projects in the early seventies and I met again with him and Jo at events of the Bank’s Pensioners’ Association to which he was a major contributor. I held him in high regard both professionally and personally. He was an excellent example of the best of his generation – as a leader, contributor to society and friend. A good man who will be missed by many beyond his own loving family.

  3. I remember Derek and Jo when I was very young they were such a lovely couple. My earliest memory of them was their wedding and I remember thinking that Jo was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. I remember Derek as having a wicked sense of humour.
    RIP with love from your cousin Christine

  4. A bank colleague and cricket loving friend,the latter with Jo and Derek for 64 years.Derek influenced my life repeatedly,and that of my late wife Hilary,on the banking ,cricket and domestic side!I will miss him very much indeed.Every sympathy to all the family.

  5. Always remember Derek, my Dad (Paul) and I winding Jo up while she was talking to my mum (Shirley) in the kitchen as they were supposed to making tea in later years or stronger drinks in earlier years which took so long we all thought they were milking the cow first!! Or awaiting fermentation. Going over for the Christmas gift exchange was a regular fixture in the diary.. He and Jo were a true pleasure to know and both will be missed. Derek was a lovely guy always welcoming. Thank you Derek for all your time,
    Christmas gifts and laughs over the years…

  6. It has beeb such a pleasure to be good friends for 58 years and I’m so sorry Jo and I always kept you waiting so long for your cuppa x

  7. The perfect host with a cheeky sense of humour, a twinkle in the eye and a ready story to entertain us. One half of a lovely couple

Leave a tribute / memory for Derek Elkins

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You can attach image, audio and video files. The maximum upload file size is 12 MB
Links to YouTube, Vimeo and Twitter in the Memory text will be automatically embedded.

Funeral Arrangements

We invite you to join us to celebrate the life of Derek Elkins


Date: 04/11/2021
Time: 13:45
St Giles Church
Location: Swakeleys Rd, Ickenham Uxbridge UB108BE GB

Additional Info:

Derek's funeral will be streamed live from St Giles on the 4th November at 1.45PM.

The stream can be accessed from an invitation which will appear on this memorial site at least 24 hours before the appointed time. Simply click on the play icon.

The funeral will also be recorded and can be accessed from the same location after the service.

Please note safe distancing CV19 restrictions will apply at the church and masks should be worn.

Additional Info:

In lieu of flowers Derek's family have requested people kindly make a  donation to the Alzheimers Society, either by sending a cheque to Sherry's funeral directors at 4 Long Lane, Ickenham, UB10 8TB, or, via Derek's personal Just Giving page which can be accessed via the link below.

Gift Ideas

Donate £10 to Charity