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 kitchingsteepeandludwig.com
Published by Flamborough Review on Feb. 1, 2021.