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William Derrickson

William Derrickson

AGE: 80 • Morristown

Dr. William Charles Derrickson (Bill), 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 5, 2013 from complications of ALS. He was born in Bedford, Iowa to Floyd and Gertrude Derrickson, and grew up in IA, IL, and WI before settling in Morristown, NJ in 1967 where he lived for 45 years. Bill spent the last 2 years in Newton, MA.

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 2 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 Street, Newton MA on Monday, July 15th at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the ALS Association at www.ALSA.org.

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Published in Daily Record on July 9, 2013
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