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COOK, Derek

COOK, Derek

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Derek Cook on August 10, 2017, after a brief battle with Cancer. Derek will be greatly missed by his wife Jennifer, sons Michael (Kate), Jared and Jason. His brother Philip (Pam), sisters Wendy (Jim), Sheila (David), and Kelly (Bob).
Derek recently retired from Okanagan College where he taught for 12 years in the Business Faculty. He came late to his career at the College, but in it, found his calling for teaching.
As requested there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

Link: www.springfieldfuneralhome.com
Condolence Messages
  • Nov 23, 2017
    I just learned of Derek's passing and am saddened by it. I too worked with him for many years at BDC during which time he provided valuable counsel to a young manager. I was delighted to learn that he had begun teaching in Kelowna, which was his true labour of love. I'm very sorry for your loss.
    Scott Thornhill
    Oshawa, ON
  • Sep 17, 2017
    So sorry for your loss. I worked with Derek indirectly at BDC. Always a pleasure to run into him during those days. Good to know he enjoyed his teaching years so much. Mary Trethewey
  • Sep 13, 2017
    I worked with Derek for many years at the BDC. He was always the consummate gentleman, a pleasure to be around. His smile and positive attitude endeared him to many.
    Bob Furtney
    Burllington, ON
  • Aug 25, 2017
    So very sad to hear of Derek's passing. I was privileged to have him stand in for a professor for the occasional finance course. He was well loved by many. A great professor. Very well respected by all students and professors alike.
    Emma Jantz
  • Aug 23, 2017
    I knew Derek as a fellow OC professor. More importantly, I knew him as a calm, thoughtful, person who was respected by all. I'm very sad to hear of his passing.
    Gary Schwartz