The Epping Society is one of many societies and community organisations which benefitted from Denys’s support and we are forever grateful.
Denys was a founder member of The Epping Society over 40 years ago and he remained our Life President at the time of his death on 27th October. Although he was unable to attend our meetings in recent years, he took a close interest in our affairs. Just knowing he was there provided a spur to try to give some of the commitment, imagination and loyalty that he showed to us and other groups for decades.
Denys gave sage advice and showed infectious enthusiasm for everything he supported.
There are many in Epping who continue to benefit from the contribution Denys made yet they might not have met him or even heard of him. In this writer’s judgement he will be remembered most heartily for his work for the Red Cross with his late wife Nancy, his critical contribution to saving Copped Hall and Hill Hall, Theydon Mount (which Sir Nikolaus Pevsner described as “one of the most important early Elizabethan houses in England”) for generations to come, and, of course, his work with others to oppose the open cutting which was the plan for the M25 until the Epping Society succeeded in changing government policy in favour of a tunnel.
Denys was elected to Epping Town Council in 1976 and was Town Mayor in 1980. He received the Freeman of the Town award in 2016
Our thoughts will be for his Daughter Diana and her husband and for all those who will miss him, as we will.
A memorial service for Denys will take place on Tuesday 26th November at 10.30am at St John’s Church, Epping Conducted by Geoffrey Connor.
Refreshments will follow at 11.30am at Epping Hall. If you are planning to attend either the memorial, refreshments or both please email email@example.com by the morning of 20th November as we need to provide indicative numbers.