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Dave Hemsley very sadly passed away at the age of 77 on the 6th August after a long battle with Leukaemia. He has lived in France for a number of years since retiring from basketball and his funeral will take place there in the coming days.

Dave Hemsley was a very well-known player and coach from the Derby area. He played for England from school level upwards in the 50s and 60s. He then continued to coach in the area.

Dave’s career in basketball, mainly in the Derby area, spanned many years and included playing at the highest level for a variety of age ranges, beginning with the England Schools team at the age of 16. He continued his playing career through to the GB Masters, even after his retirement to France. Here he also maintained his interest in basketball, coaching the junior age teams for the ladies’ section in St Palais.

We would like to offer his wife, Virginia, and his family our condolences at this difficult time.

There will be a Memorial Ceremony and interment of Dave’s ashes the details are below:

The ceremony will be on Friday 30th August at 3pm at All Saints Church, Etwall Road, Mickleover, Derby DE3 0DL. The wake following the ceremony will take place at: The Nightingale Room, Rolls Royce, Derby.