Council leader's tribute to champion of city park who has died of cancer
THE leader of Derby City Council has described the "admiration and deep respect" he felt for an Alvaston community leader who has died.
Philip Ollerenshaw played a key role in the regeneration of Alvaston Park, overseeing a range of improvements at the site, including the development of a pavilion, cafe and BMX track.
The 69-year-old died of lung cancer, only two years after overcoming oesophageal cancer.
Now council leader Paul Bayliss has paid his respects to Mr Ollerenshaw.
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My Bayliss said: "I would like to record my admiration and deep respect for Philip Ollerenshaw. He was the one who back in 2006 started Alvaston Park Friends, almost in a lunch break.
He told me that when he worked at ASG on Meadow Lane he would often take his lunch in the park, next to the factory. He thought that it was neglected and the weed at the time was covering the lake.
"He contacted everyone he thought could help, whether he knew them or not, and arranged a meeting with everyone.
"His quiet determination and passion for this is something I found engaging and something I wanted to help and support."
Mr Ollerenshaw lived in Denstone Drive with his wife, Joan. They had two daughters – Lisa, 45, and Sarah, 43.
In April 2008, Mr Ollerenshaw was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and was told that he would need surgery. He was given a 10% chance of survival but managed to recover and was given the all-clear. However, he then developed lung cancer.
His funeral will take place at Markeaton Crematorium on Thursday at 9.20am.