Derek Nelson

In Memorial

Derek passed away peacefully on March 23rd 2010.  Survived by his children John, Nicole, Heather (Keith), Steve (May), and his 6 wonderful grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his beautiful wife Valerie and his parents Arthur and Christine Nelson.

He will be missed by his sister Barbara (Gilli), his many nieces and nephews and extended family.  Derek was born in Lucknow, Northern India.  He studied at St. Columba’s school in Delhi then moved to Vancouver in 1960.  He lived in Maple Ridge for the last 20 years.  Derek was a gourmet cook and loved entertaining his many family and friends.  A celebration of his life will be held at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel 11765 224th St, Maple Ridge this Saturday, March 27th, 2010 at 10:00am.  Donations if desired may be made to the BC Cancer Society.

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  1. Nelson family, Derek was a wonderful and treasured friend. He provided living evidence of God’s grace that is available to all of us to grow us into the people He intends for us to be. We will miss his hospitality and kindness.
    Art and Rosabelle Birch

  2. Connie Mitchell :

    Dear Derek’s Family,
    My name is Connie Mitchell, I’m so sorry to hear of Derek’s passing.
    He and I spent many a day in the Maple Ridge Hospital
    together, I found him to be such kind soft spoken Man, with great love for his family,
    he often spoke of all of you and of course his Wife ! I wish I could have met her.
    He was very proud of her BC roots, as we spoke often of the history of her people.
    We would watch old movies and cooking shows as we were both hooked up
    for our infusions, but decided the old movies were the best bet, we got to hungry
    seeing the great food. He must have been a great gourmet cook, he gave me lots of
    tips over the years. I’ve never met a Man with such a positive out look.
    I will truly miss him.

    Yours Truly
    Connie and John Mitchell

  3. tanya croteau :

    Nelson family,
    You won’t know who I am but your father touched my life and I just wanted to let you know that I was saddened when I heard Derek had passed away. I worked at the Maple Ridge Swiss Chalet and Derek came into see me and eat about once a week. We always had such great conversations and I even offered to help him with his medical treatments if he needed me to. He touched me in a way that no other guest has. He was always upbeat, happy and positive no matter how sick he really was. I have a daughter with special needs and he never failed to ask me how my family was. I no longer work at Swiss but I always asked other servers how he was. I am glad your father’s pain is gone but just know that he was a wonderful positive influence in my life even though we had a very small connection. My thoughts are with you at this time.
    Tanya Croteau

  4. Dear Dek..I did not know about your passing as I was coming back from England (you always said “jolly old”) on todays flight…We knew each other for over 35 yrs at Sears and didnt we have some fun..I just wish I had been at your memoriam as fond funny memories that we would laugh about together have come flooding back and I could have shared at your eulogy…You invited me over to lunch about Christmas and we had a little reunion planned of old pals at my house when the weather got better…You were a kind and generous man..You were honourable and a role model husband,son, brother, Father, grandad…..You are now with your Lord and Saviour and I thank the Lord for you enriching my life–you were so loved by all..You always called me “Old Bean” and so this old bean shedding tears on this computor will sign off remembering the good times and the enjoyment you brought us all….My Deepest condolences to all your lovely family…Ian Rowland…604-729-5406…….

  5. Kenneth Morgan :

    Sorry to hear about Derek Nelson’s passing away. Condolonces to the family. I went to St. Columba’s School New Delhi and I left the school in 1957. I wonder if I had met him there. I would like to get in touch with someone from the family when it is convenient. I can be reached at 604-435-1062.

    Again, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss.

    Kenneth Morgan

  6. We used to be friends with his son John.Our sympathy to Heather from Coquitlam. Kind Regards

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