1927 - 2012

Derek Jarman

Derek George Jarman was born at Ipswich in 1927, son of Bertie Herbert Jarman (17 August 1894-19 April 1971), hairdresser & baker, and his wife Elsie May née Bishop (18 July 1893-1945), who married at Ipswich in 1920 and in 1939 were living at 84 Murray Road, Ipswich. Derek was educated in Ipswich and studied at the Ipswich Civic College, now the Suffolk College under Bernard Reynolds, John Green and Richard Scott. He married at Ipswich in 1951, Delphine Jarman, née Talbot, and they had two sons including John Jarman. Derek commenced wood carving in 1957, followed by carving in stone and has also worked in silver and cast aluminium. A member of the Ipswich Art Club from 1961 and exhibited from 68 Chelsworth Avenue, Ipswich from 1960 including in 1960, 'Owl' (in elm), in 1961 'Tiger Sharp' (laburnum), in 1962 'Jane' (yew-wood) and in 1974 'Nauticus' (walnut) and 'Reclining Figure' (wood). His ancient stone sculpture 'Mother and Child' was shown at the centenary exhibition of the Ipswich Art Club in 1974 and exhibited at the Hintlesham Festival near Ipswich and with the 'Sculptors of Suffolk' exhibition. Among the highlights of his artistic career was carving the candle holders for St Paulís Cathedral, which were first used at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981. Derek, who was the owner of Jarmanís Hairdressers in Northgate Street, Ipswich, was awarded an MBE in 1999 for his outstanding charity work. Derek George Jarman was of 68 Chelsworth Avenue, Ipswich when he died at Ipswich Hospital on 28 February 2012, being survived by his wife and two sons.