MORRISTOWN, NJ - Dr. William "Bill" Charles Derrickson, 80, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2013, from complications of ALS. He was born in Bedford, Iowa to Floyd and Gertrude Derrickson and grew up in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin before settling in Morristown, N.J. in 1967 where he lived for 45 years. Bill spent the last two years in Newton, Mass.
Bill is survived by the love of his life and wife of 51 years, Lois; daughter, Ann (Jim) Henery; sons, Paul (Siobhan) Derrickson and Bill (Kim) Derrickson; sisters: Betty (Don) McKinlay, Marilyn Taylor and Diane Powell; and loving grandchildren: Elisabeth, Matthew, Joseph, William, Andrew, and Lani.
Bill was a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. He placed his highest priority on family life, and consciously invested his time and energy to nurture it. His greatest joy was having everyone under one roof for "family-dogism time." Despite the many competing demands of life, his family always took the central role.
Bill was an eternal optimist, inquisitive teacher, encouraging mentor, and a selfless friend. Throughout his life, and even with his illness, Bill greeted every day with joy, and sought to be present and supportive of others. He always went out of his way to help those in need and treated all with respect and dignity. Through his kindness, generosity, and compassion, Bill left an indelible mark on the lives of those fortunate enough to know him.
Bill attended Marquette University for his undergraduate degree and dental training, and practiced dentistry for several years before returning to school for orthodontic training at Farleigh Dickinson University. He practiced orthodontics in Florham Park for 38 years, where he brightened the smiles of hundreds in the surrounding communities.
Bill served two tours in the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He was an avid fisherman, a talented photographer, sculptor and collector of handmade fishing lures.
A memorial service will be held at the Falls at Cordingly Dam, 2300 Washington St., Newton, MA on Monday July 15, 2013, at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association at www.ALSA.org.