Service for community stalwart

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The life of Den Stockley, a former mayor of Tickhill, was celebrated at a service at Tickhill Methodist Church by mourners who remembered him as a stalwart of the community.

Den, who died last month at the age of 84, was a lifelong brass band enthusiast and played with Harworth Colliery Brass Band and Markham Main Brass Band. Such was his love of brass band music that he researched the history of Tickhill Jubilee Brass Band from 1887 to 1939 and in 1994 he wrote a book on the subject.

In 1987 he became a town councillor representing Tickhill Ratepayers’ Association and in 1990 was elected Mayor of Tickhill.

While on the council he spearheaded the organisation of two spectacular musical extravaganzas to celebrate the 900th anniversary of Doncaster being granted a Royal Charter and to mark the Millennium.

He also organised a number of charity fundraising concerts in St Mary’s Church.

As a skilled graphic artist he was called upon to prepare 3D drawings of all of the significant parts of Tickhill Castle that were uncovered during the restoration as well as pamphlets that showed how the castle would have looked when it was first built.

Den closely followed the Donnygate corruption investigation and was able to use his artistic skills to produce satirical cartoons on the subject.

His late wife, Elizabeth, also an artist as well as a poet, died a number of years ago. He leaves behind daughter Liz, son-in-law Graham and grandson Ross. The service was followed by cremation at Rose Hill with donations to the RNIB Talking Books.