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It is always with great sadness when the Old Tridents' Society learns of the death of any of its members, and our thoughts are always with their families.
As well as receiving information from families of Old Tridents, fellow OTs or friends of Trent, The Old Tridents' Society sometimes relies on information passed to us via Obituaries cited in national publications.
Please do get in touch with us if you have some sad news to pass on to us and we will share this amongst our community. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0115 849 4994.
A tribute is paid by the OT Society at its Annual General Meeting every year, a moment's silence is held following which a formal obituary notice is published here online (please see the links below).
In the period between a notice being received by the OT Society and the obituary notice being published, tributes are made here.
John was educated at Trent College from 1947 until 1951. He gained his Rugby XV colours in December 1950 and was a member of the 1st hockey team. He continued his education at the University of Nottingham and he graduated with the degree of B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1954. Whilst at university he played for Ilkeston Rugby Football Club along with several other Old Tridents including Fric Smit, John Holford & myself.
When he graduated he took a training course with a major Civil Engineering Company in London and, after achieving his professional qualifications, he started on an interesting life as a civil engineer. His first major project was the Gateshead bypass which was finished ahead of scheduled time and this was followed by several major road works in the north of England.
After several years in the UK he embarked on a series of overseas road projects which always seemed to coincide with the uprisings of the local population. These included the Biafra war in Nigeria and a civil war in Honduras, much of which is well documented in his book “An Itinerant Engineer - have qualifications, will travel”, a copy of which is in the Warner library (now the Devonshire Library). An interesting picture of life at Trent in the late 1940s is given in the chapter “Schooldays”!
In recent years John’s health deteriorated and in 2016 he moved into a flat at Stamford, Lincolnshire to be near to his eldest daughter Karen and her family. Sadly he died on 12th January 2017 and I will certainly miss him after nearly 70 years of friendship.
William (Bill) John Belfitt
Hanbury House, 1948 – 1951
1st XV 1950
University of Nottingham 1951 – 1955
B. 13 April 1922
D. 1 November 2015
Aged 93 Years
Peter Brack was a loyal supporter of Trent College and rarely missed an opportunity to visit the School for an update from the Head, usually over a glass of sherry, or as a guest at the annual Speech Day & Prize Giving event and the annual Carol Services.
The whole school community was deeply saddened to learn of his death. Both the Head Bill Penty and Director of Operations and Old Trident James Gregory, together with OT Society Secretary Rex Gooding attended the funeral which took place on Wednesday 18 November at All Saints Church, Turnditch, Ashbourne followed by a Wake at Shottle Hall, Belper.
Listed in Debretts, Peter was a member of the In And Out Naval & Military Club.
He was a very proud man, who spoke fondly of his years at Trent and the friendships he made, both with fellow pupils and staff. He remained in touch with many through the difficult war years and kept throughout the rest of his life the letters he exchanged with the young soldiers and often spoke of them with his friends at Trent. It was Peter's wish that these letters and his personal diaries from his school years as well as other memories he kept of his school days, be left with the Trent College archives upon his death and the School now has these items.
Peter worked for over 30 years as an engineer and director with Rolls-Royce Ltd (Derby) and its international subsidiaries, starting out with an apprenticeship in 1940 followed by various roles which took him overseas; Cordoba Argentina 1950-52, Venezuela 1953-56, France and Italy 1957-59; md Rolls Royce De España SA Barcelona 1963-71,
He was a member of the Committee of Inspection of the liquidation of Rolls Royce Realisations Ltd 1971-2004 and Director of Bennett's Machine Co 1973-75, TTI Ltd (Translations Co) 1975-77. He became Managing Director of his own company, Brack & Associates Ltd 1977-2006. From 2006 he was the proprietor and director of Pennack Ltd, a Derby based company offering translation and interpreting services, which he sold upon his retirement.
In recent years, Peter’s health was in decline and until this summer, he did not allow this to stop him visiting Trent with his companion Patricia Willis.
Earlier in 2015, following a period of ill health, Peter became a resident at a Retirement Home in Derby, where Pat now resides. Peter kept in touch with his friends at Trent with regular telephone calls, enjoying hearing all about the pupils’ achievements and developments around the campus and news from the Old Tridents’ community. Peter’s final communication with Trent was in July, before he became too ill.
Recreationally, Peter studied postage stamps and was the proud owner of a large collection. He was a specialist in the knowledge of South American stamps and a recognised authority of Venezuelan stamps. Peter also enjoyed a round of golf, a game of chess, collecting antiques and had a keen interest in natural history. Over the age of 90, Peter was still driving his beloved Mercedes Benz.
Interestingly, record has it that Peter may have been one of the first civilians to receive penicillin on 12 February 1941.