Trevor Whatton

22 Oct 1958 - 14 Feb 2015

Trevor is the late husband of Elizabeth Whatton and father of five children, Amy, Adam, Fiona, Jessica and Zara. He sadly passed away after a long illness that he fought bravely and with dignity.
He was born in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear to Terry and Pearl Whatton. He is brother to Gary, Geoff and Claire. He spent his childhood around the Newark area, enjoying his boyhood in Carlton-on-Trent playing in the grounds of Carlton Hall where his mum was the housekeeper. He moved to South Normanton when he was 14 and then attended Swanwick Hall School.

He began to attend “The Mission” (now known as Junction 28 Church) where he became a Christian and actively served as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader.

He then went on to Bible College in Mattersey and from there became Junior Minister at a Church in Rotherham.

A couple of years later he moved back to South Normanton and worked at Cosmos Cranes as an illustrator followed by a few years at Shaws of Riddings as a kitchen designer. He also worked at Andrew Shane Limited as a buyer, progressing to Managing Director. After 12 years he left that field of work and began to do youth work for Derbyshire County Council in Langley Mill and subsequently in Ironville where he loved being surrounded by young people and tried to make a difference in their lives. At the same time, he became the Minister of South Normanton Community Church.

He had a heart for underprivileged people and began working with his African friend in Burkina Faso (whom he met at Bible College) and was instrumental in fundraising and building schools, an orphanage, clinic and maternity unit which are still flourishing to this day. He has worked with various charities locally and in Derby setting up and running youth work/community work. He also volunteered as Chair of Governors at Swanwick School and Sports College.

He loved nothing more than being surrounded by his family. He enjoyed the Derbyshire countryside and very much enjoyed being by the sea.

He was passionate about many things, especially his faith in God. He lived by his favourite verse in the Bible – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” and, “Love your neighbour as yourself”. He loved the Lord and put his faith in God right to the end – always thankful, always hopeful.

He has left a huge void in our lives and will be sadly missed. We are thankful for every minute that we spent with him and his memory will be in our hearts forever.