Born: 10 September 1936
Died: 29 January 2018
It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend following a courageous and determined battle with cancer.
Derek was a loving husband to Margaret and dear father to Kimberley (Brian) and Christy (Aaron). Derek always embraced his extended family. Derek had many friends and colleagues, some whose friendships go back a long time. Respected by all, he will forever be remembered for his kindness, principles, readiness for a good discussion and being interested in what others were up to.
After graduating from Shawnigan Lake School, Derek was accepted into HMCS Venture, the Canadian Navy's junior officer training establishment. Following that two year term of academic and practical education on land and sea, Derek attended UBC. Upon graduation, he joined Canadian Pacific Airlines and enjoyed a 31 year career with Canadian Pacific/CP Air/Canadian Airlines with positions in Hong Kong, Japan, Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. After a brief retirement, he returned to Tokyo with the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Derek and Margaret retired to Denman Island, BC where he was involved with many groups and initiatives. Favourite pastimes were walking the island trails, enjoying the mountain view from the deck, watching soaring eagles or reading beside the fire.
The family would like to thank the Medical team in Victoria and Courtenay who looked after Derek and the Home Care community on Denman Island. Expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of choice, focusing on the environment, dogs, faith or health.
A Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Denman Island at a later date.