Derrington enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Sir Robert McAlpine.
He joined Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons in 1941 and became head of the Sir Robert McAlpine design group.
This division concentrated on the company's activities in architectural, structural and mechanical services design.
His particular interest was the use of concrete in new applications and he was a pioneer of its use in offshore structures.
His career as a chartered civil and structural engineer was distinguished. He was awarded a CBE, Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was also president of the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1979-80, president of ICE in 1984-85 and president of the Offshore Engineering Society in 1987-80.
In 1992 he instigated the ICE's Safety in Construction medal.
This is awarded annually to the author of the paper published by ICE for a project, or feature within a project, which best describes the measures taken to safeguard the health and safety of the construction team, the user and the public.
John Derrington's exceptional contribution to the civil engineering profession and to the Institution is very much appreciated and he will be greatly missed by his enormous following of family and friends.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday 27 February 2008 at 11.30am at the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Rottingdean, East Sussex.
It is asked that no flowers be sent, but donations to the Catholic Children's Society, c/o Christopher Stringer Funeral Service, Rottingdean would be gratefully accepted.