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Derrick Gilbertson

Derrick Paul Gilbertson

Saturday, January 30th, 1988 - Friday, March 6th, 2020
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Derrick Gilbertson
January 30th, 1988 - Friday, March 6th, 2020

Derrick Gilbertson passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the age of 32. His humour, his empathetic nature, and his love for learning will be missed by all who knew him.

Derrick was born in Vancouver and was able to experience diverse cultures through his time in Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Derrick moved to Calgary in 2006, along with his family. He attended Ambrose University College where he met the love of his life at the age of 18. He cared deeply for those on the margins and had a passion for animal welfare—both of which were evident in how he lived his life. He was fiercely loved and is remembered by his family: his wife Rebecca, his parents Ric and Ruth-Anne, sister Karissa, his fur-babies Chloe and Ryder, and all of his extended family and close friends.

Join us for a Celebration of Life to be held at RockPointe Church (Bearspaw Campus: 255024 Lochend Rd, Calgary, AB) at 1:30pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020. In memory of Derrick, the dress code will be casual attire. Plaid, Jeans and Soccer Jerseys are encouraged, however please wear what you are most comfortable in.

To honour Derrick's life, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Calgary Humane Society or the Distress Centre Calgary.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Derrick please visit www.choicememorial.com. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.
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  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 1:30pm
    When
    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 1:30pm
    Location
    RockPointe Church - Bearspaw
    Address
    255024 Lochend Rd
    Calgary, Alberta T3L 2R2
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Posted at 05:39pm
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Jennifer Ruff

Posted at 04:28pm
My sincerest condolences to Rebecca and the family. I only knew Derrick a short time, but he was certainly memorable. His calm demeanor and love for all things living was so admirable. There was a certain comfort in his presence. I am so sad to lear of his passing. My thoughs are with Rebecca and she will be in my prayers.

Jennifer Ruff
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:20pm

Thank you Jennifer. We enjoyed getting to know you.
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:20pm

Thank you Jennifer. We enjoyed getting to know you.
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Robyn N

Posted at 12:04pm
Derrick was a wonderful human being with a big heart and kind soul, he will be missed dearly by all who were lucky enough to have him in their lives.
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Ruth-Anne Gilbertson Posted at 03:25pm

Thanks Robyn, This is Derrick's mom. He talked often about how wonderful of a person you are too. He so enjoyed his time working with both you and Scott. Thanks so much
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:17pm

Thanks Robyn! So much. What a beautiful tribute. He loved you guys.
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:17pm

Thanks Robyn! So much. What a beautiful tribute. He loved you guys.
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Ingrid McPhee

Posted at 11:43pm
Our deepest condolences to Rebecca, family and extended family. We are so saddened to hear this news. I will always have the found memory of opening my hotel room door and bumping into you and Derrick with Christine's wedding dress as you were tasked with it's delivery. We are thinking of you and will keep you in our prayers.
Ingrid (Christine's Mom)
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:16pm

Ingrid, thanks so much! What s fun photo. Much love.
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Norma Van Dalen

Posted at 01:47pm
Dear friends, I wish I could be there with you during this time of deep loss and pain. One of my favourite memories of Derrick was his inquisitiveness and his amazing desire to learn. I will never forget his often spoken question to me, "Aunt Norma, did you know that ants (and so many more creatures).....?" And then, he would enlighten me with his discoveries and facts. I imagine Derrick now in the presence of His Creator and enjoying seeing creation from His perspective. I will miss him but grieve with the hope of seeing him again. Love and prayers for each one of you.
 
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Ruth-Anne Gilbertson Posted at 03:26pm

you were a faithful auntie that carried him in prayer all these years.
 
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Rebecca Gilbertson Posted at 11:17pm

Thank you auntie Norma. Much love to you.
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