Derek Stafford

Died: Tue., Mar. 6, 2018

No services to be held

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Stafford, Derek - Passed away at the North Bay Regional Health Centre on Tuesday March 6th 2018.

Predeceased by his wife Sandra (nee Demone). Loving father of Sean (Melanie). Beloved grandfather of Emma and Riley. Also survived by his brother Darren and sister Dale. Also predeceased by his parents Charles and Colleen.

Derek served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 38 years. He had a passion for fishing and hunting. He will be truly missed. As per his wishes, there will be no visitation or service.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to HILLSIDE FUNERAL SERVICES.

Donations in memory of Derek to the North Bay Regional Health Centre - Cancer Care or Palliative Care Fund will be gratefully acknowledged by his family. 


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mark a lyons
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
I have friends with Derek since 1990.He was a kind gentleman.I'am so sorry to see he is gone

Jerry Vanhantsaeme
   Posted Tue March 06, 2018
So sorry to hear of the Derek’s passing. He was a great man in all aspects. His open friendliness was greatly admired by those he worked with. I am privileged to consider him my friend and mentor.
Going to mis you Dickie


George Myatte
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018

I like to think you can hear me. I was very sad to hear about you leaving so early. I tried to get a hold of you but should have tried harder.

Just wanted to tell you what tremendous respect I had for you as a soldier.

I will never forget the time our section fell asleep and the Battalion moved out of the harbor. It was the middle of the night and as the senior Corporal I knew I was in for a dressing down by Sgt Stafford.

It never happened he understood and covered our butts. He was a soldier that we all could model ourselves after. In TQ 3, on inspection he drew my bayonet. In front of my face he showed me all his moves. I was impressed as a young man, he was tough yet fair.

Canadian's have lost a true warrior in Dickie Stafford. Thanks for all that you have done in shaping my identity Dickie. At the time I was a young kid from Toronto and you were my first impression of what a soldier should be. You are already missed!

You left far too soon!

Linda Merrall
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018
I am going to miss standing at the fence talking to Derek. He was such a good neighbor and I know how much he will be missed by his friends and family.

John George
   Posted Mon March 12, 2018
You were a great role model for a young soldier in their formative years. Thank you. You will be missed but never forgotten. Highest regards.

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