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Derek Deakin

Derek John Deakin

Saturday, May 26th, 1934 - Friday, September 18th, 2020
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Derek John Deakin

Passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 in his 87th year after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Loving husband for 64 years of Brenda Deakin. Beloved father of Ian (Lisa) and Kevin (Christine). Proud Grandfather of Stephanie (Neil), Heather (Sam), Chelsea (Kevin) and Sean (Samantha) Dear son of the late John “Jack” and Jenny Deakin. Brother of the late Averil Cooper. Uncle of Margaret Cooper and Miles Cooper

Born in England, Derek served overseas in the R.A.F. 114 Squadron, Transport Command in the early 1950s. In 1966, Derek with his wife and sons, emigrated to Canada where he worked as an Engineer and Project Manager at Honeywell.

Derek loved to read and tinker with engines and boats and his scientific mind was always curious. He was loved by friends and family for his devotion and sense of humour.

Special thanks to the caring staff at Southlake Village.

At Derek’s request, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of life in May 2021.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson Canada.
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Suzanne Pelham

Posted at 12:11am
Brenda I am so very sorry for the loss of Derek, he was such a lovely man and it was a pleasure knowing him and being your neighbour when we lived in the cottage all those years ago. Please know you are in my thoughts. Bless you and your family Brenda at this very fragile time. sending love

Suzanne Pelham
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m.cooper3@btinternet.com

Posted at 06:01pm
My earliest memories of Uncle Derek were that he must have been a giant - he was the only person I knew who had to bend his head down to come through the door of our little farm cottage!
He always radiated a spirit of fun and adventure and got into a few scrapes and hilarious situations as a result. He was always the mischievous younger brother character compared to my Mum playing the more responsible older sister role.
I always enjoyed his company and even over here in the UK I can feel his loss but will treasure my memories of him.
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Chelsea Deakin

Posted at 05:03pm
To me my Granddad was magic. For as far back as I can remember we would pull into the driveway at Grandma and Granddad’s house and in order to open the garage, he had instructed us kids that we had to say “Open sesame”. Actually, it wasn’t enough for us to just say it, sometimes he would make us yell it or all synchronize so the garage would hear us properly and open it’s doors! He would wave his arms like a conductor as we all would chant “open sesame!!”. And magically, the garage would open. I knew my Granddad was magic.

Years later as we were helping rake the leaves in Grandma and Granddad’s yard (always a fun activity for grandchildren), we needed to open the garage to get something. We chanted the magic words, maybe rolled our eyes a little as we were getting a bit older, and I saw Granddad’s hand slip behind his back right before the garage door opened. I asked him about it and he tried to play it off, but he knew he had been found out. For all those years we had believed in the magic of a remote garage door-opener! Even though I know this was a mechanical marvel and not a supernatural one, I still thought my granddad was magic for having us believe in something for all those years.

His magic overflowed into other areas as he always stoked our creativity - pushing me for years to write and illustrate a book about the adventures of a young girl and the resident Chipmunk in their backyard. His magic beamed when he talked of adventures! Whether it was recounting his own adventures in the Air Force, or while walking the dog, he always had a sense of adventure in his life.

I can still feel his magic when we get together as a family. And even though he had to leave us behind I take solace in knowing he is off on his own adventure, somewhere.

Love always,
Chelsea
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