BASSETT-SMITH, DEREK ANTHONY
July 20, 1983 – July 31, 2013
Derek passed away
peacefully on the 31st of
July 2013 after a 7 year
battle with cancer.
He leaves behind a loving wife Alicia and beautiful
baby girl Lily, his parents John and Joan, brothers Chris and Mike, and many other family members and friends in Canada and
New Zealand, all who
will miss him dearly.
Derek fought his disease bravely and despite the gross
unfairness of the challenge he managed to live a full life
with a large and loving group of friends and family.
He was an example of extreme strength and grace
under pressure, and prospered against untenable odds
for longer than anyone could have predicted.
Derek was a pilot, outdoorsman, and an active and
excellent RCMP officer before his illness prevented him
from working further. He was supported in his battle and helped by many special people and professionals.
His family wishes to express their most sincere gratitude and admiration to the RCMP and Dr. Verster for the
incredible support they provided.
Derek will be missed by many but most of all by his
wonderful young family. A public service will be held at
the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on August 17th, 2013
at 3pm and is open to all who knew Derek
and would like to attend.
He is gone, but never forgotten.
Condolences may be sent to the family
by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com