Darrel was born in Trail, BC on April 26, 1951, as the youngest of three siblings. Darrel spent almost all of the sixty-three years of his life living in Castlegar, BC, where he passed away unexpectedly at his home on November 12, 2014.
Darrel is survived by his wife June, to whom he was married in 1985, his children Derek (Julie), Renee (Jamie), and Dennis (Kelly). He is also survived by his sisters Barb and Maureen, and his grandchildren Alysha, Adam, Jaden, and Kiara. Darrel will also be missed by his nieces Natasha and Nova-Lee and his nephews Robert-Lee and Shawn, as well as several grand-nieces and one grand-nephew. Darrel was predeceased by his mother Ruth (1994) and his father Earl (2011).
Darrel graduated from Stanley Humphries Secondary school in 1971 and spent nearly forty years working at Teck Cominco before retiring in 2009. During this time he crafted many friendships that lasted until his passing.
Darrel, a private family man who was an avid bowler and fisherman for most of his life, enjoyed many hobbies throughout his years, and frequently used his quiet time at home, playing video games while munching on Doritos, ice cream, chocolate and cashews. However, he preferred to spend his time visiting family, and especially loved caring for and doting on his grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and there was a memorial service for family and friends to honour and celebrate Darrel’s life at the Castlegar Legion on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 11:30 AM until 3:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Darrel’s name to the BC Epilepsy Society at www.bcepilepsy.com.
The family would also like to send a sincere thank you to the paramedics, ambulance attendants, Constable Rob Gardiner, Bill Strilaeff from the Castlegar Funeral Chapel and Christine Van Dyke from the Victim Assistance Program
for their care and support.