Book of condolence for Councillor Derek Heffernan

Councillor Derek Heffernan

Oldham Council is saddened to learn of the death of Derek Heffernan, a former Mayor of Oldham.

Derek’s interest in local politics began in 1982, and in 1987, he was elected to Saddleworth Parish Council for Springhead Higher Ward. Derek served as Parish Council Chairman in 1992-93, and again in 1999-2000 during the Millennium year celebrations. In May 1995, Derek was elected to Oldham Council to represent Saddleworth West Ward, which became Saddleworth North in 2004 and served the ward until 2019. 

He served on a number of committees including Education, Environmental Services, Social Services, Standards, Personnel, Licensing, Social Services, Finance, Scrutiny and the Saddleworth and Lees District.

Derek chaired the Oldham Learning Disability partnership Board for seven years following its inception and served as Oldham’s representative on GM Pension Fund Board and GM Health Overview & Scrutiny. As a member of the Pennine Care Joint O&S, he chaired the committee for a number of years. He also served on the Pennine Acute Joint O&S.

Derek served on the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority led the Value for Money Challenge and was the Chairman of Audit Committee in 2011-12 overseeing major spending on new appliances. He subsequently became the Vice-Chairman of Audit.

Derek was a member of the Mayor’s Appeal Fund Committee for many years.

Derek became the Mayor of Oldham in 2016-17 and he took his role as Oldham Council’s, Champion for Peace into local schools, raised money for his Mayoral Charities, Francis House Children’s Hospice, Macmillan’s Cancer Support and other charities and he attended numerous events and engagements to promote the First Citizen of Oldham.

A Book of Condolence is now available at the Civic Entrance (Rochdale Road Reception) at the Civic Centre. 

In accordance with protocol, the Borough flag will be flown at half-mast on the day of his funeral, which will be attended by the current Mayor of Oldham.

Funeral arrangements

Monday 6 January 2020

11.30am at the Holy Trinity Church, Church St East, Waterhead.

1.30pm at Hollinwood Crematorium

6 thoughts on “Book of condolence for Councillor Derek Heffernan

  1. Derek will be very sadly missed by friends and colleagues not only in the Liberal Democrat Group but across both the councils he served upon – Saddleworth and Oldham. He was my personal friend and a very loyal colleague. I first met Derek in the 1980s and was very pleased to help him first get elected many moons ago in 1987. He was an elder statesman for us – man of few words but always spoke common sense and was listened too. Our sympathies are with his family and wife Di

    Councillor Howard Sykes MBE, Leader of the Opposition and Liberal Democrat Group Oldham Council.


  2. Joe Lord

    Derek is held in High regard within the Oldham & Saddleworth Communities and will be sorely missed.
    Our deepest condolences to his wife & family.

    The Cadets & Staff of 2200 (Oldham) Squadron, RAF Air Cadets


  3. Ken Bennett

    Derek Heffernan was in every sense a true man of the people. His passion, dedication and caring in the community is an example to us all. He will be greatly missed. Sincere condolences to his family at this time, Ken Bennett and family


  4. Major Eddy Hardaker

    Derek you served the town well and supported the armed forces both veterans and those serving. You will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with your family. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace.

    Major and Mrs E Hardaker (Eddy)


  5. Vivien R. Wilde

    A dear friend for many years, Derek asked me to do a bible reading when he was received into Oldham Church as Mayor. Naturally, I was greatly honoured to be asked and to do it. His chosen text was The Beatitudes, a favourite of both his and mine. We met socially on many occasions at fund raising events with his family, mainly for McMillan. When I was fund raising for St.Marks Church Glodwick, his support was invaluable. Derek, may you rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.


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