Apr 5, 1947 – Apr 18, 2018
It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, brother, dad, grandad and great grandad.
After a 5 year battle with cancer, his journey came to an end with an overnight stay at the Palliative Care Unit. His wife and daughter were at the bedside and their dog, Sheldon, was snuggled up next to him at the time of his passing.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Val, to whom he was married for 47 years; His younger sister, Jan; His 2 daughters, Lindsay and Michelle; His grandchildren, Cody, April, Bethany, Callum and Brendan; and great grandchildren, Isabel and Esme.
Derek touched so many lives with his kindness, generosity, strength and humour – he would always help others even when he was struggling himself. Even in death he continues to help others by donating his eyes in the hope of gifting sight to those who need it.
He will be truly missed by all, however, even though he is no longer with us, he will always hold a special place in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the €Canadian Cancer Society www.cancer.ca.
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