Derek Anthony Bassett-Smith

Derek Anthony Bassett-Smith


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.

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