SHARPE, Derek (Derrick) Michael, April 9, 1929 – May 8, 2021
A life well lived
Derrick passed away peacefully at Bluewater Health with his family by his side. He was born in Parry Sound, Ontario to parents Anne (nee McNiven) and Douglas Sharpe and is survived by his loving wife Marion (nee Ableson) of 67 years. Much loved father to Michael (Sally), Brian (Joanne), Donna and Stephen (Kelly), a loving Granddad to Matthew (Elaine), Diana (Luis), Justin (Mary-Lynne), Victoria (Alex) and Ian and the Great Granddad to Madeline, Solomon, Julia, Emma, Anna Belle, Claire, Sadie and Etta. He was proud to be called ‘Uncle Derek’ by the Ableson and Ferguson families. Derek valued relationships with friends, especially the one he enjoyed with Ray Keddie.
Like his father, Derek was a long-term employee of CIL Inc., and his career encompassed work at both McMasterville Explosives and Lambton Works. Derek enjoyed a rewarding retirement in excess of 34 years. He had a deep and rewarding relationship with each of his grandchildren – each defined by its own special characteristics. Other pursuits included: vacation trips, travel with family & friends, family tree genealogy, gardening, bridge, computers and golfing. Derek always loved sharing conversations, stories and good times with Marion, family and friends. His sense of humour and interest in people stood out through these interactions.
At age 92, Derek was independent in his own home – where he lived for 55 plus years. Derek also lived in Brazil and McMasterville, Quebec. Derek was very appreciative for the support and care provided by his daughter Donna, neighbors, and PSWs Sheila and Helda. The family would like to thank the healthcare team at Bluewater Health for the care provided over recent years - a special thank you to the 4th floor General Medical and Palliative Care teams for the very kind and compassionate care both our father and family received.
A future event to recognize and celebrate Derek's life will be held – once it is safer to do so. Donations to Bluewater Health Foundation or a charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
The arrangements are entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre (102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9). Memories and messages of condolence may be sent through www.djrobb.on.ca