Saturday 17 March 2018

Much-loved broadcaster Derek Davis leaves €170k in will

Derek Davis enjoyed a long broadcasting career Photo: Tony Gavin
Derek Davis enjoyed a long broadcasting career Photo: Tony Gavin
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

The much-loved broadcaster Derek Davis, who died after a stroke in May of last year, has left nearly €170,000 in his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week.

The larger-than-life presenter, best remembered for his wonderful collaboration with Thelma Mansfield on Live At Three had a long and varied career in broadcasting after joining the BBC in Belfast as a young trainee.

Among his broadcasting achievements was introducing US president Ronald Reagan at Ballyporeen, Co Tipperary in 1984 and twice hosting The Rose of Tralee.

He brought a sense of fun to his broadcasting work and treated his audience as if he was having a casual conversation with a close friend. It was a gift that gave him enduring popularity with viewers.

Among colleagues, he was best known as a bon vivant, who loved cooking, angling, sailing and convivial company.

It was reflected in some of the programmes he made.

In Davis At Large, he shared erudite reflections with viewers on fishing, food and wine, which, apart from his family, were among his great passions.

Derek Davis, who was born in Co Down in 1948, suffered a stroke and died the following day, May 13, 2015 at the age of 67 at St Vincent's Hospital, Dublin.

In tribute, RTE played the Johnny Cash song Folsom Prison Blues, which was his party piece at social occasions.

Always gregarious, he had a deeper side and had gone on The Marian Finucane Show before he died to talk about his battles with weight, which colleagues said was a constant struggle for much of his life.

However, he tended to be a 'joker' in Montrose and always maintained that he was grateful for the opportunity to get into broadcasting.

According to his will, which went to probate in Dublin last week, Frederick George Davis, left estate valued at €169,737.

He is survived by his wife Una and his three sons, Michael, Sean and Colm.

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