Date: Friday 28th April 2023
A service to celebrate Derek's life will be held at Accrington Crematorium.
In loving memory of Derek Lang, who passed away on 4th April 2023 in the Belvedere Care Home, Accrington, aged 86 years. Devoted husband of 60 years to the late Janet Lang, cherished father of Sarah and Elizabeth and dear grandad of Geneva, Oscar, Zara, Yolanda and Finlay.
Born in Accrington on 14th November 1936, Derek developed an early passion for the piano and became an accomplished concert pianist. He studied music at the Royal Academy of Music, Manchester and, during his youth, toured around the north of England as a musician with the dance bands of the Ume. He later set up his own piano school and tutored many local pupils over a period of 40 plus years. A music teacher at Mansfield High School in Brierfield and backing artist in the many working men’s clubs around East Lancashire, Derek worked tirelessly to provide for his family.
Derek and Janet loved to travel, enjoying many lovely summer holidays with their caravan in France, Cornwall and favourites spots such as the Cotswolds, as well as cruises and visiting their daughters abroad.
Derek was always a loyal supporter of Accrington Stanley and was happiest when attending the home matches with his friends, grumbling about them losing. Derek loved to keep active and in later life enjoyed Crown Green bowling in Oak Hill Park with his friends. He kept himself busy with crosswords and quiz shows and walked every day, especially during lockdown.
Derek will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.
Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Derek are being gratefully received on behalf of Alzheimer’s Society via the donate button below.
Please feel free to leave a message for Derek’s online memorial book by completing the form below. [ninja_form id=5]
Dearest Lizzy, Sarah and family we are thinking of you all during this time and sending all our love to you. Your dad was such an amazing man and I feel very blessed to have known him for so many years. I always felt so at home and comfortable in your mum and dads home when I was growing up and they welcomed me always. We had such fun and so many fun memories. May you rest in peace now Derek and I look forward to seeing you on the other side for your shoulder massage. Much much love Andrea and family.
Rob and Chris Rothery
A lovely, talented man who will be sadly missed.
A wonderful man dad grandad enjoy the love shared and remember him a bright star
Les and Rina Rushton
Derek was a lovely neighbour and gifted musician he and his late wife Janet will be sadly missed
So sorry to hear your sad news. There are a lot of happy memories of times spent together at home and abroad . You will all miss him and are lucky to have had him.