In Memory

Derek Staniland

Derek Staniland was an affable and kindly classmate.  He was a talented artist and after matriculating he entered the Natal Technical College to study art.  He soon caught the attention of his teachers and was offered a job as an assistant lecturer, then as a lecturer, then head of the department, and finally Dean of the Faculty of Arts, a position he held until his retirement in 2012.  By that time the Tech had become the Durban University of Technology, and Derek was the longest serving member of the staff.

Derek married Fiona Mason in 1993.  He lived in the same house in the Berea for most of his life, but after his retirement he and  Fiona moved to a new home in Westville. 

Derek attended the 50 year reunion in Durban in 2011 and many of us were grateful of the opportunity to reconnect with him after so long.  The photo below is from the reunion.

Unfortunately Derek became seriously ill in 2013 and passed away on 28 May. He is survived by Fiona; her three chiildren from a previous marriage,  Penny, Chris, and Kean; and by two grandchildren Ciara and Hannah.




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30/05/13 01:54 PM #1    

Roy Henry

Derek was one of School's most talented artists and it was a pleasure to share many years at School and the Natal Technical College watching his talents grow.

His love of art and his gentle way, I am sure enabled him to spend  a happy life encouraging others in a world he was so passionate about.

Derek's parties in the early 1960's in his elegant family home in Ridge Road on the Berea, were made more graceful and enjoyable for his friends by his very genial, warm and friendly manner.

Condolonces to Fiona and family.


Roy & Trish Henry

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