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Born: Feb 24, 1970
Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
February 24, 1970 - January 12, 2020
Derek was predeceased by his father Clem; mother Rita; and brother-in-law Gerry. Derek leaves to mourn his beloved family: his sister Debbie, sister Monique (Bill); and five nephews: Matthew (Caitlynn), Andrew, William, Alexander and Christopher.
Although Derek suffered with numerous challenges, he still managed to enjoy life and touch the hearts of many. He had a gift for remembering people he met and people did remember him! Cars and trucks were a constant in Derek's life and he prided himself on being a good driver.
Other passions included collecting remote control cars, wheelchair hockey, boating and fishing at the family cottage, wrestling, listening to classic rock, video games and family functions. No matter how sick he was, Derek would not miss a family get-together. Uncle "D" was a great storyteller, entertaining his nephews who gathered around while he kept them laughing.
We will remember Derek's favourite sayings "lock and load", "heads are gonna roll", "they'll get their day", "if you're not Dutch you're not much". Derek's difficulties challenged our family, but his love held us together. Rest In Peace, dear Derek. We love you. A private family service has taken place.
Our family will be forever grateful to the wonderful staff of Changes Hampton House for providing Derek with professional, dignified and loving care. Their empathy and support to all of us will never be forgotten. Derek was blessed to have the opportunity to live at Changes. Thank you to the dedicated doctors and nurses of Health Sciences Centre Emergency. Your kindness during this difficult time was most appreciated. Our family would also like to thank WRHA Home Care and the awesome staff of Turning Leaf Inc. for their unwavering support and acceptance of Derek.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Derek's memory to: Turning Leaf Community Support Services Inc.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 18, 2020
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
Dear Family, I am very sad to see that Rita has passed 💔Rita was a very special lady full of Life and laughter ❤️ I loved Rita ❤️Sorry for your loss of your dear, sweet Mum💐Audrey Robertson - Posted by: Audrey Robertson (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2020
My condolences to the family❤️ - Posted by: Audrey Robertson (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2020
Derek was a real character, always quick with a funny anecdote and happy to be alive. What I will remember most about him though, was how he stood up for the people around him. He was a friend who wasn't afraid to make a phone call in support of someone he felt needed help or was being wronged, he stood up for what he thought was right. I'll miss his phone calls and seeing him around volunteering with the BIZ. - Posted by: Ernie (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2020
Derek was my neighbor down the street on Harold. We would play together, and went to school together. I will always remember the his birthday parties where we would play musical chairs and pass around a gift for each child to take off the wrapping until finally one would end up with the surprise gift. We have all moved on in life and lose touch. I always wondered how Derek made out in life and am glad to see he had a lot of joy along his way. Sorry for his loss and condolences to his family. Tracy Williams from 111 Harold Ave. W - Posted by: Tracy (Friend) on: Jan 18, 2020
Derek played on my daughter’s hockey team. They often went for hot chocolate after hockey. Derek was a great hockey player. He was full of passion and loved life to the fullest. Allie and I will miss Derek. From the bottom of our hearts may peace be with you. Hugs Allie and Wendy Onslow - Posted by: Wendy & Allie (Hockey family) on: Jan 18, 2020
Me and my twin brother grew up in Transcona with Derek and had fun times and went to school. With Derek. R.I.P - Posted by: Bill Maughan (Friend ) on: Jan 18, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the Marcker family. Whenever we saw Derek he was full of smiles and kidding around, despite his challenges. - Posted by: Tracey Hamin and Randy Chervinski (Friends) on: Jan 18, 2020
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