Derek Whyte

Derek Graham Whyte

Thursday, December 19th, 1935 - Monday, June 1st, 2020
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Whyte, Derek Graham

Derek Graham Whyte died peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of Monday, June 1, 2020 at the age of 84.

Derek was a man ahead of his time. He was a born adventurer. He moved from Tain, Scotland to Canada when he was just 19. He met and married his equally adventurous wife with whom he shared a life full of unforgettable memories that spanned the globe. He loved his garden and spent hours and hours perfecting it. His art and creative nature were evident in every aspect of his life, from the colour of the paint on the walls, to the colour of his socks. He loved the outrageous and audacious. He had a loud, hearty laugh, and was always up for a good party. He was one of a kind.

Derek is survived by his wife of 56 years, Karen; their four children, Katherine (Harry), Lesley (Dan), Robin (Andrew) and Colin (Paula); eight grandchildren, Nicolas (Jennifer), Derek, Noah, Kevin (Taryn), Austin, Samantha, Jack (Safara), Dylan (Leila) and Aidan; one great granddaughter, Sofia, as well as his beloved brother, Gerald and his wife, Dianne. Derek will also be missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and many, many friends here in Calgary, and around the world.

At Derek’s request, there will not be a Funeral. There will, however, be a Celebration of Derek’s Life where we will eat ice cream and drink gin and tonic. Date to be announced. To view and share photos, condolences and memories of Derek, please visit
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Janet Walter-Kerr

Posted at 08:26pm
Derek was the wit - the one who would quickly see an alternative side to events and situations and have one laughing. He was a talented artist and I shall treasure even more his painting of the Japanese garden temples that I have hanging in my house, reminding me every day not only of him. but Karen also. Our days in Tokyo were short but treasured. I am sure Derek will have organised heaven by now and I can't wait to get there to see what he has done with the place. :-) Big warm hugs to the family. Janet Walter-Kerr

Francie Lockhart

Posted at 04:21pm
Derek was always a "character" and fun to be with. I was soooo pleased when he and Karen decided to move here to Vancouver Island as it gave us the opportunity to be more a part of their lives. He is missed for sure.Francie and Ron Lockhart



Posted at 05:04am
Audrey Donaldson (nee Falconer)

Some of my happiest memories of my cousin Derek are when he played Winifred Attwell's ragtime music on the piano. He once sent me moccasins which smelt of kippers. He was my cousin but more importantly a good friend.
My condolences to all the family.

Ron Falconer

Posted at 10:45am
Derek and I, as cousins, grew up together in Tain. Being two years younger, I was his admiring side kick. As teenagers, we bought his first piano in Inverness, climbed the highest mountain in the district and cycled everywhere. My biggest joy was to visit their family house far up in the hills. This old, two-storey, stone-built house stood all alone on the side of a glen amid a green patch of grass surrounded by undulating heather-clad hills. The house had neither electricity nor running water. Drinking water was collected from a gutter running along the slate roof into a galvanized water tank. When darkness fell, light was provided by a paraffin pressure lamp. A dry toilet was hidden around the side of the house. A scattering of ducks and hens frequented the nearby barn and a beehive stood at a safe distance from the house. Below the house was a sizeable garden where Uncle Colin, as he was to me, grew vegetables and kept a compost heap. Their father would pay us in pennies to collect the droppings from an old, retired work horse in the fields nearby.
“Look!” said Derek, one day as we came across a large areas of spongy marshland.  He then pushed a solid stick into the shallow marsh. “You see the bubbles? That’s methane gas, watch as I collect it in a jar.” He held a jar upside down over the bubbles, then turned it the right way up and struck a match just above its mouth. Poof!
So many unforgettable childhood memories of my Cousin Derek. An era has passed on.
My sincere wishes to all family and friends.

Steph Troughton

Posted at 12:28am
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