Public celebration to honour Reg Dean, Britain's oldest man
The life of Reg Dean, Britain's oldest man who passed away in Wirksworth last week, will be honoured at a public funeral at St Mary's church in the town on the 23rd of January.
Mr Dean's son has said that his father's funeral will be a happy public celebration of his long life. Mr Dean was 110 years and 63 days old when he died at the nursing home where he lived on the 5th of January 2013.
Unsurprisingly, Mr Dean did many things during his long life although one of his most passionate acts was to set up the Dalesman male Voice Choir in 1987. He was also a former minister for the United Reformed Church until he retired at the age of 80 and he worked for ten years as a teacher at Herbert Strutt School in Belper.
Mr Dean's only son, Chris Dean is welcoming people to his father's service saying that he would like as many people as possible to be able to celebrate his father's long life at the funeral.