Heartless vandals have smashed up a bench set up as a memorial to a popular golfer. The family of painter and decorator Dave Shepherd, who died in July 2012, say they are heartbroken by the attack at the Pewit Golf Course.
Those arriving last Sunday morning for Ilkeston Golf Club’s weekly competition for members were shocked to find that it had been kicked to pieces.
Mr Shepherd’s daughter, Della, 35, said: ‘The bench was paid for by family and friends because dad knew he was going to die and wanted a bench in his name at the golf course.
‘It is a like a grave stone to me. It is the place where we scattered his ashes and I go there quite a lot with my children and sit and tell them stories of their granddad.
‘We always leave flowers there on special occasions so this is such a cruel thing to do.
‘Whoever did it should know that they have broken our family. It is more than vandalism to destroy something so personal.’
The attack on the bench is thought to have happened just after sunset on Saturday afternoon.
Ilkeston Golf Club secretary Geoff Taylor said: “It is disgusting what they’ve done. Dave was a very popular member of our club and his family will be devastated by this.’
Mr Shepherd, a father of five, became ill after contracting Legionnaire’s disease, and died of heart failure.