Sep 20, 1937 – Dec 14, 2017
It is with great sadness that we share with you the passing of a wonderful husband, father and friend Derrick deLisser.
Derrick is survived by his wife Janice (Kondratiuk) deLisser, children Angela (Lloyd), Arthur (Teresa), Michael (Debbie) and Lynn (Brian). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michelle (James), Chantelle (Calvin), Alex, Derrick, Andrew, Jenna, Aiyden, Logan, Ally and Kevin; brothers Robert (Rachel) and David (Elizabeth) , sister Elizabeth, brothers-in-law Robert, Jim and Jack (Lou).
Derrick is predeceased by his parents Cecil and Hazel deLisser, his sister Dorothy Bell and sister-in-law Elizabeth Kondratiuk.
Born in Jamaica, Derrick immigrated to Canada in 1954. In 1956 he moved to Kitimat, where he was employed by the Aluminum Company of Canada as a Surveyor. Derrick credited CBC’s ‘Hockey Night In Canada’ broadcasts for helping him decided to stay in Canada during that first cold winter.
Derrick moved from the Survey department to Power Ops, working with reservoir water management, until his retirement in 1992. Many residents may remember that Derrick owned and operated Del’s Driving School in the late 1970’s.
His passion for cars and driving never ceased. He participated in three of the Shell 4000 cross-country rallies, helped to organize countless Hill Climbs and local rallies. Formula One racing was an obsession as was hockey, but his wife, children, grandchildren, extended family and many friends came first. He was a dedicated family man, full of fun, empathy and advice.
Derrick passed away peacefully at his home in West Kelowna, surrounded by family and an abundance of love. At his request there will be no service.