A caring Montrose day care manager will be doing a sky dive in tribute of a service user who passed away before he could achieve his ambition.
Denis Mellor (83) had dreamed of jumping out of a plane since his National Service days in the RAF, but fell ill the day before his skydive on Sunday, August 17 and sadly died the next day of a heart attack.
Staff at Montrose Day Care Centre have been left bereft by Denis’ passing and Irene Mitchell, manager of the facility on Panmure Place, will be taking to the skies of Perthshire on Sunday, September 7 in his memory.
Denis had wanted to do a sky dive for a number of years but couldn’t as he was on the drug Warfarin. The pensioner was diagnosed with terminal cancer a few months ago after finding a lump on his eye, which was confirmed as a melanoma.
He was taken off Warfarin and doctors gave him the green light to go ahead with the sky dive.
Denis had paid for the parachute challenge out of his own pocket and was raising money in aid of the new day care centre as the staff at the facility had helped in during a difficult time.
Irene said: “We just can’t believe he’s not here. It’s a shock and it feels surreal.
“He said he felt like he was letting people down by not doing the sky dive. That was the man Denis was. He was an kind, unassuming man who never thought the world owed him anything.
“He is missed by both the staff and service users of the day care centre.”
Irene continued: “We couldn’t let the sky dive go by without doing it for Denis.
“I’m nervous but when I’m jumping out of the plane I’m going to be saying ‘Right Denis, let’s do this!’ I know he’ll be with me.”
She added: “Anyone who had sponsored Denis but is now not wishing to donate the money should contact us. We hope people will still support the cause in his memory,”
Denis was born in the Wirral, Merseyside. A driver and mechanic in the Royal Air Force, he was stationed in Inverbervie in 1953 where he met his wife Maureen. The couple married in 1954.
Denis’ funeral was held on Monday and he was buried beside his wife in Bervie Cemetery. His wake was held at Montrose Day Care Centre where his family were able to meet some of his friends at the centre.
The money raised from the sky dive will be put towards a garden in memory of Denis at the new day care centre, which is being built on Warrack Terrace on the site of the former ambulance station
Irene said: “Denis and I spoke about what he would like the money to be used for and he said wanted it to be used to build a garden.”
If you would like to donate to the sky dive for Denis please visit www.justgiving.com/montrosedaycare or call the day care centre on 01674 672062.