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DEREK CURTIS CHUDYK
Born: Apr 24, 1957
Date of Passing: Jan 23, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
DEREK CURTIS CHUDYK
April 24, 1957 - January 23, 2020
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Derek Curtis Chudyk announce his passing on January 23, 2020, at the age of 62 years.
He is survived by his loving wife Candy; his children, Natasha (Matt) Saunders, Nikki and Clint and his precious grandchildren, Bennett and Naomie; his parents, Tony and Elsie Chudyk; brother Brad (Dana); his mother-in-law Marg Liston; sister-in-law Linda Sieben; brothers-in-law, Bruce (Ruby), Lyle (Bonnie) and his two favourite aunts, Evelyn Quesnel and Marcia Martinson.
He was predeceased by his grandparents, Mary and Bill Korbutiak and Teofil and Rozalia Chudyk; his uncles, Walter and Benny.
Derek was born in Arborg, Manitoba in 1957 and grew up in Fisher Branch, Manitoba. He began working for Manitoba Hydro at the age of 19. He then moved on to work at Limestone, Artic Circle, and various communities in the North West Territories and Chicago, Illinois. In 1989 he got a position in Summerland, British Columbia for the municipality, where he worked for 30 years until he became ill in 2019.
His outgoing personality and sense of humour gained him a multitude of friends at work and elsewhere. He was involved in his community with Kinsmen and Boy Scouts. During his illness, not a day went by without a phone call, text or visit to cheer him up from his many friends and co-workers. We are grateful to all of you.
A big thank you also for the love and support of his family. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and brother-in-law. His biggest pride and joy were his three children and his precious grandchildren who learned from him that what is most important, is what is on the inside and he was so proud that they grew up to have these attributes - to be kind, thoughtful and generous, and to be a loyal friend, to have faith and always try to do the right thing. This is the way Derek lived his life. He was a wonderful cook, loved all kinds of music especially the blues. He had a lifelong passion for motorcycles and old trucks. He loved travelling and felt fortunate to have made many trips to Mexico, the U.S.A., the Caribbean, Scotland and his annual trips to Manitoba on his beloved Harley Davidson.
Cancer is a terrible disease and so Derek had decided to donate his body to science.
Cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free;
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
If my parting has left a void;
Then fill it with remembered joy.
My life's been full, I savoured much;
Good friends, good times,
a loved one's touch.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;
Ah yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 08, 2020
Condolences & Memories (6 entries)
I remember fondly my younger years, and always admired Derek. We were in the same class for 6 years. I am so sorry cancer took Derek away. My condolences to the family. - Posted by: brigitte bereznay (friend - childhood) on: Apr 11, 2021
We would like to Express pur Deepest Heartfelt Sympathies to you both and your family. We were so saddened by the horrible news of Derek's passing. Sending yous love thoughts prayers and Strength to get you all through this difficult painful time. God Bless you all! Know you are in our Hearts. Love Helen Mazurkewich and girls - Posted by: Helen Mazurkewich and family (Fruends with Elsie and Tony Chudyk) on: Feb 10, 2020
The day I moved to Summerland at only 4 years old I was welcomed into the family! Would walk down the road and knock on that door with a Smile on my face, so excited to see what we would do that day! You all took me in when times got tough at home , brought me home little presents when you came home from vacations! It’s all those little things no one will forget! And those moments we will all love forever ! I love You so much and my heart goes up to you ! - Posted by: Carolyn Ziebarth (Family friends ) on: Feb 09, 2020
My condolences to all of Derek's loving family. Derek was a very dear friend of mine who will truly be missed. We spent many good times together that I will cherish for the rest of my days. Like Derek said to me. Never have regrets and tell at least one person a day you love them. Till we meet again my friend. - Posted by: Ron Malkowich (Friend ) on: Feb 09, 2020
Tony and Elsie and family, we are saddened to hear of Derek’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. Pearl Persowich and family - Posted by: Pearl Persowich (Former Neighbour) on: Feb 08, 2020
I am sorry to hear of Derek passing. my condolences to the family. I met Derek years ago when he worked with Manitoba Hydro. - Posted by: Edward Bella (co-worker and friend) on: Feb 08, 2020
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