RREC Central Southern Section

Our Section President F DENNEY SCOTT passed away peacefully on 14 September 2001

Denney ScottDenney joined the R-REC in December 1985. It was surprising to find that such an enthusiast for the marque had not joined before when he had either driven or owned Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars since the 1930's. The reason he gave was "Enthusiasts' Club sounds like a boys' outfit", until a fellow member showed him otherwise.

To most of us he was a gentleman of the old school. He was commissioned in the Royal Engineers before the Second World War and rose to the rank of Acting Brigadier before leaving the Service in the late 1950's. Denney spent most of his active service in India and then in what became Pakistan after Partition in 1947.

His first Rolls-Royce was a Phantom I (80FH) with boat-tailed coachwork by Barker, which he acquired in Lahore. Later he bought a 1953 Bentley R Type (B31TO), which he collected in person from Crewe and subsequently had shipped to Ceylon on board the aircraft carrier HMS Perseus (which was en route to Korea) with the aid of fellow officers from the Senior Service. In 1956 he again went to Crewe, this time to collect a Bentley S Series (B47BC) which he kept until 1973, the parting of which he had regretted ever since. His last Club car was the familiar walnut brown Silver Shadow II seen at many Section and Club events over the years.

He became Chairman of our Section in 1988 and Honorary President from 1994. His ninetieth birthday was celebrated by the Section at a surprise party in his honour in June 1999. Until recently he always attended Committee meetings as an ex-officio member.

We all found him to be a quiet unassuming gentleman, who leaves behind no known direct family but many friends who will miss him.

Paul Leszczar and Ted Meachem

The Funeral Cortege
The funeral took place on Thursday 20 September 2001. Eleven Club motor cars formed a cortege behind the Phantom VI hearse
(loaned by Paul Capper) which left Denne House (Denney's home) and made its way to Worth Crematorium (near Crawley)
where other Club members had also gathered. A total of twenty-five members attended. Photo: Ted Meachem