Derrick Sydney MAY
Kitching, Steepe & Ludwig Funeral Home
146 Mill Street North
Waterdown, ON
Peacefully after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 84, on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Carpenter Hospice, Burlington, surrounded by family. Beloved husband of Lucy Vandermeer for 48 years. Loving father of Robin May (John D'Alessandro), and Chris May. Cherished Granddad of Joshua May, Leah Jensen, Adrian Jensen, and Robert D'Alessandro. Derrick retired from Mohawk College as Administrator of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program in 1996, and was very active in both the Canadian and Ontario Societies of Medical Technology. He was a founding member of the Ontario College Retirees Association. As a young man Derrick served in the British Royal Air Force, Medical Corps. Derrick was a phenomenal photographer and combined this with his love of nature and animals, particularly in his photography of birds. He enjoyed hiking, canoeing, and camping. He was a longstanding member of the Halton Outdoor Club, and a nationally qualified tour leader. He was a cross country ski instructor for over 40 years, and was certified by the Canadian Association of Nordic Instructors. Derrick was an avid lifelong cyclist who especially enjoyed time in his youth, cycling all over the UK. During one of his cycling adventures, he took a dip in Loch Ness in Scotland, only to discover that the water was bitterly cold. It was a very brief swim! Derrick's many hobbies were his true passion in life, and the people he met along the way brought him much joy. He will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humour. Special thanks to the staff at the Carpenter Hospice for all of their wonderful care and support, both to Derrick, and to the family. A Celebration of Derrick's life will be held at a later date. As expressions of sympathy donations to the Carpenter Hospice or Animal Adoptions of Flamborough would be sincerely appreciated by the family. "If you ever met Derrick, you would remember him." Rest peacefully, Bubbles. Please sign the Tribute Wall at

Published by Flamborough Review on Feb. 1, 2021.
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Remembering Derrick fondly as a mentor and conscientious instructor at the Hamilton and District School of Medical Technology. He cared about his young charges and good naturedly put up with the tricks we played on him. May his memory be for a blessing.
Enid Aaron
February 3, 2021
For many years I knew Derrick as a collegial friend at Mohawk College. What a privilege it was. Blessed with a fine mind, he truly shone intellectually. His zest for life was evident from the many activities he participated in and the stories he told. And what a great sense of humour. But above all Derrick cared about family and friends. He made this world a better place.

Thank you for the memories, Derrick!

Heide Bell-Leiss
February 3, 2021
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