Born June 13, 1923, died October 26, 2003. Grew up in Bottesford, England. Attended King’s School in Grantham. Served as a navigator in the R.A.F. during WWII. Emigrated to Canada after the war. Upon arriving in Langley, B.C. he served the Township of Langley for 35 years, first as Municipal Clerk, later as Adminstrator.
After his retirement, he was made a Freeman of the Township. He also served on the Labour Relations Board for five years. He was also a Civil Marriage commissioner for forty-nine years. He was a member of the chartered Institute of Secretaries for many years, until his death. Derek was a volunteer working for various local organizatons. He worked tirelessly for the United Church of Canada at Clayton, Knox United and St. Andrew’s Wesley. He enjoyed ballroom, square and round dancing and badminton. Derek is survived by his loving wife, Gloria, his son, David, daughter-in-law, Tanya, grandchildren, Matthew and Courtney and siblings Colin, Marion, Nancy and Kathleen, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. Derek was much respected and will be sorely missed.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 pm at Valley View Funeral Home at 14660-72nd Ave, Surrey, B.C.