2011 / 2012

Following an operation at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire to remove a cancerous tumour on one of his lungs, Jon Derek sadly passed away a few weeks later on October 13, 2011 at Peterborough City Hospital. His funeral took place at Peterborough Crematorium on October 28, and a reception was held for family and friends at Peterborough Conservative Club. 


Peterborough Evening Telegraph


Flowers from George Hamilton IV and a floral arrangement from Jon's family in the Welsh colours


Jon's ashes were scattered the following year (by kind permission of Welsh heritage organisation CADW) in the moat of Harlech Castle in North Wales overlooking the railway station - a place he loved very much and a town in which he had spent so many wonderful times since childhood. His Welsh parents originated from the Isle of Anglesey but later relocated to Harlech. Jon was the second eldest of four brothers. 


Harlech Castle - daffodils mark the spot where Jon's ashes are scattered with the view of the railway station below and the beautiful Welsh countryside seen for miles around


A tribute night in memory of Jon was organised by his son Mark and former Country Fever drummer/friend, Tony Peck. It was held on Easter Sunday evening - April 8th, 2012. Staged at Peterborough Conservative Club - the sell-out audience enjoyed music from West Virginia (with John Davis on pedal steel guitar), The Duffy Brothers, Mick Smith and Mark Derek (who sang a few songs and paid tribute to his father). 



Thanks again to West Virginia, The Duffy Brothers, Mick Smith, John Davis and the Peterborough Conservative Club