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Popular retired policeman and dedicated Highland Hospice volunteer passes away after sudden illness

By Alasdair Fraser

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Derek Mitchell
Derek Mitchell

A much-loved Inverness charity volunteer and former police officer has passed away after taking ill suddenly on Monday evening.

Derek Mitchell, who was 65, was a hugely popular local figure, known by many for his tireless work for Highland Hospice and as a retired city centre constable who spent many years dedicated to helping the public.

Renowned among his wide social circle for a keen sense of humour, knowledge and kindness, Mr Mitchell is survived by his beloved only daughter Jennifer.

His wife Glynis died in 2008.

Mr Mitchell, who died on Tuesday, was originally from Perth and educated latterly in Edinburgh. He joined Northern Constabulary in 1978 and served for 31 years in Thurso, Orkney, Skye and Inverness.

He was an avid traveller, St Johnstone Football Club fan and rugby enthusiast.

For 11 years at Highland Hospice, he dedicated a good part of his free time helping with fundraising, transport co-ordination, and other tasks.

A full tribute will appear in the Inverness Courier next week.

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