DEREK WILLIAM MANGAN of Rendham, Suffolk, died peacefully on 10th January, aged 87. Son of Elsie and Reginald Mangan, brother of the late Pamela of Wallington, Surrey, he is survived by his beloved wife, Ann, and three children, Laura (Robert Miller), Warren (Denise Dongworth), and Paul, and granddaughter, Sarah Ann Mangan Miller. After serving in the RAF, he graduated from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School and, while in America, met Mary Ann Cutting, his wife and the love of his life for 60 years. An executive in the international paper industry for over 30 years, he worked in the U.K. and South Africa, before settling in Rendham and buying the Leiston Old Abbey Residential Home that he ran with Ann for over 10 years. He became actively involved in county and village life serving as Suffolk County Councillor, Rendham Parochial Church Councillor, and co-founding Friends of St Michael’s. A man of great energy and love of adventure, he was an avid sailor, long-time boat owner and member of the West Mersea Yacht Club and Royal Ocean Racing Club. He sailed and raced for over 55 years from the east coast of England to the coasts and inland waterways of Western Europe. A Thanksgiving Service will be held at St Michael’s Church, Rendham, at 2 pm, Saturday, 7 February. No flowers please, but donations to Friends of St Michael’s, c/o Tony Brown’s Funeral Service, New Cut, Saxmundham, IP17 1EH.
Here is a photo slide show that we had at his wake held at the White Horse Public House, Rendham immediately following the service in St Micheals church,Rendham across the road.
Sadly the day before his wife Ann of over 60 years, our dear mother died the day before and we had a special remembrance for her at the same service.
Here are a few photos that we did not find until later or that some folks will find interesting.