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Derek Austin Lloyd

May 30, 1927 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Derek Lloyd Obituary

Born in the Stockwell district of London, England on May 30, 1927, to Reginald John Lloyd and Queenie Gladys Lloyd (nee Toomey), Derek Lloyd joined Her Majesty's Royal Air Force in August 1946 until July 1947 where he served as an airplane mechanic. After his demobilization from military service, Derek worked at Lincoln Electric Company in his hometown of Welwyn Garden City. Shortly thereafter, he immigrated to Toronto, Canada in search of work. He was employed by the Westinghouse Appliance Company as a field service technician. During this period of his life, at the age of 25, he realized his dream and became a private pilot in his spare time. Soon thereafter, he met and married Patricia (nee Dowe) on June 26, 1954, and in 1956, the couple followed Derek's parents to Jacksonville, Florida where they purchased an appliance store. Derek then established the service and installation side of the company which gave birth to Arlington Appliance Service. This operated from 1959 until 2023 - 64 years. Soon after starting his company, his daughter, Robin Ann was born. With a new baby and wife to support, he worked hard to provide for his family and, until his death, maintained a stellar reputation for being an honest, hardworking appliance repairman in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. Customers continued to call for his advice about their broken appliances until a couple of weeks before his death. In early 1960 Derek joined the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and, in May 2010, he celebrated his 32nd degree award after 50 years of service. However, he would say one of his proudest moments was when he became a naturalized citizen of the United States on June 16th, 1961. He loved the United States and all it stands for and often told his daughter, Robin, how happy he was that she had been born in the USA. As the appliance repair business began to prosper, Derek took up boating as his "go to" hobby. This became the favorite outing for the Lloyd family, who used every excuse to explore the St. Johns River and the Intracoastal Waterway. In August 1974, he and sixteen fellow boaters joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a civilian volunteer force of the US Coast Guard. As one of the original sixteen members, Derek was the last surviving plank owner of the Arlington Flotilla 14-2. At various times Derek held many elected and staff officer positions in the Auxiliary, but he was never as happy as when he trained for, and acquired, his coxswain certification. As a certified coxswain, Derek offered his beloved boat, the Falcon, to the Coast Guard as an Auxiliary “facility” for patrolling the St. Johns River and the Intercoastal Waterway for Port Safety. Part of those responsibilities included, checking to see if any boaters needed aid to navigation, watching waterfront properties for safety, and setting up safety zones for public events. Derek’s tenure in the Auxiliary predates modern-day recordkeeping in the Auxiliary, so many of his contributions and time on the water are just not known. Current records tell us that Derek served for 50 years, and participated in over 300 patrols, totaling 1,270 hours on the water. Yet, if his complete history was known, his contribution to the Auxiliary in time and talent would prove to be truly impressive. In July 1981 Derek married Irene (nee Zoller), his childhood friend from Welwyn Garden City in England. They were married until his passing, and they lived and served in the Arlington area. Derek was preceded in death by his grandson, Keith Banford and is survived by his wife of 42 years, Irene Lloyd, his sister Gillian Hilton (nee Lloyd) of Palos Verdes, California, his daughter Robin Banford, son-in-law Jim Geisler, two grandchildren, Bruce Banford and Faith Banford, and 2 great-grandchildren, Ella Banford and Zachary Banford. He is also survived by two stepchildren from his 2nd marriage, Alison Hollaway of Jacksonville, Florida, and Alan Hollaway of Kamloops, Canada. Derek will be remembered as being an honest hardworking self-employed proprietor, an upstanding citizen who protected his city’s shoreline, a WWII enthusiast, an animal lover, and for his strong belief in responsibility and integrity. At the age of 96, he made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and on January 7, 2024, he went to be united with Christ as a result of complications from Covid. His memorial service will be held at Cedar Bay Funeral Home on April 6, 2024, at 11:00 AM, located at 405 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32218. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Jacksonville Humane Society, Community Hospice, or the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

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Services

Memorial Service
Saturday
April 6, 2024

11:00 AM
Cedar Bay Chapel, New Berlin Road, Jacksonville

Donations

Community Hospice
4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville FL 32257
Tel: 1-904-268-5200

Jacksonville Humane Society
8464 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville FL 32216
Tel: 1-904-725-8766
Web: http://www.jaxhumane.org

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
1301 West 1st street, suite E1, Granite City IL 62040
Tel: 1-618-823-5009

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