After a string of hits he moved from Jamaica to the UK in the 1970s and settled in Addiscombe before moving to Thornton Heath c2002.
Mr Dekker, a father-of-two, died after collapsing from a heart attack at his home on May 25 2006. He is survived by his son Desmond Junior and daughter Desrene.
The house he lived in will need a blue plaque at some point. when Thornton Heath learns how to be proud of itself.