Shock as chairman of the Ilkeston branch of the Royal British Legion dies suddenly

NILA: merchant navy day Ilkeston War Memorial, Market Place �' attended by the Mayor of Erewash, 'Councillor Val Custance.  L>R Terry Hall, Brian Webster, Malcolm Jarvis
NILA: merchant navy day Ilkeston War Memorial, Market Place �' attended by the Mayor of Erewash, 'Councillor Val Custance. L>R Terry Hall, Brian Webster, Malcolm Jarvis

The chairman of the Ilkeston branch of the Royal British Legion has died suddenly, just hours after celebrating his 70th birthday.

Malcolm Jarvis died at 11pm on November 14 just hours after he had celebrated his birthday with family and friends.

He had been chairman of the legion in the town for a number of years and acted as their spokesman, regularly speaking to the Advertiser about the legion’s work.

Close friend and vice-chairman of the Ilkeston RBL, Terry Hall, said: “It is my sad duty as vice chairman of Ilkeston Royal British Legion to advise of the very sudden death at 11pm last night (Saturday) of Malcolm who was not only our chairman but also a great friend who died on his 70th Birthday.

“Our hearts and minds go out to Helen his wife. On the day all his family, wife, children and grandchildren were present to celebrate the day, but now his wife Helen and the rest are trying to come to terms with the shock of it all.”

Mr Hall said that Malcolm hadn’t been ill and had infact been very fit.

He said: “Just weeks ago he was involved in annual the Poppy Appeal in the town. As John Camm observed he appeared fine whilst they had been working on the Poppy Appeal recently.”

Malcolm, who has a son, had served with the Royal Signals and was a career policeman who was well known in Stapleford where he proudly served.

He has been a long time RBL Member, serving as chairman and standard bearer, even representing Derbyshire County at which he proudly carried the County Standard.

Mr Hall added: “We have lost a good chairman and many of us a very good friend.”

The funeral arrangements are yet to be confirmed but it is anticipates there will be RBL participation at the funeral.

Malcolm Jarvis worked hard to raise money for the RBL in Ilkeston to help veterans and their families. He will be a big loss to the town.

A new chairman will now have to be appointed for the branch.