I think the Subject line says it all. It is with great sadness and relief that I need to let you know Dad died at 11.06 Friday 3rd March 2017.
The three of us were with him. I think that is why he was hanging on.
For anyone that saw Dad, especially over these last few months you will understand the relief part. He fought one hell of a battle against this disgusting and cruel disease. As some of you may know Dad has been unconscious since last Thursday and to go for as long as he did with no food or water had everyone absolutely amazed, but Dad never does anything the normal way.
Now he can be back with Mum as when we lost her it was terrible for all of us, especially Dad, am sure she is there with Lucie, a Guinness for him and champagne for her just waiting for him to join her.
It was peaceful as much as we could tell, certainly hope it was for Dad. Must admit we all feel a tad numb at the moment but that is to be expected.
The funeral will be this Friday, 10th at Pinnaroo East Chapel at 10.30am with tea, coffee and snacks after at Pinnaroo.
Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes, visits and anything else over these last nearly 15 months.
Will keep in touch.
Judi, Ian and Sandy
I first met Derek in Darwin after Cyclone Tracy (January, 1975) and then again at PITC ( Gnangara ) in the early 1990’s. I had a great working relationship with Derek which continued on when he retired through the OTC W.A. Vets.
Derek was the Secretary / Treasurer for 25 years.
Derek’s Seniority Date was 14.5.59
Please pass onto Derek’s family my sadness at his passing,
I worked with Derek at Darwin Radio in the early 70’s, a man of boundless energy and hell of a sense of humour.
from Brendan Quirk
The funeral service for Derek Brian Walker will be held at the Pinnaroo East Chapel, Whitfords Avenue, Padbury on Friday 10 March 2017 at 10:30am