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Derek Robert Cole

August 4, 1963 - December 27, 2019


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Derek Robert Cole, who passed suddenly on December 27, 2019. He was predeceased by his father, Bill Cole, and is survived by his wife, Sandy Cole; two stepchildren, Ryan (Angela) and Vicky (Jenny) Bennett; mother, Shirley Cole; brother, Randy (Cindy) Cole; niece, Candice (Thomas) Spencer and their children, Wyatt and Emmett Spencer.

Derek left Powell River to attend school at BCIT. After graduating, he spent a short time working for BC Tel. He returned home to begin a rewarding and successful career at the local paper mill in vibration analysis and eventually supervision and maintenance planning.

Derek had a zest for life that was unmatched. He experienced every moment fully, and never took anything for granted. His passion for music and drumming overflowed into all aspects of his life, from jam sessions in the basement to drumming on buckets at the cabin that he loved so much. He could keep a rhythm on anything: his knees, steering wheels, the kitchen table with silverwear (much to his wife’s chagrin). He believed firmly that, just like the placard that hangs in his home says: “without music, life would B Flat“.

Derek was not only passionate, he had an incredible sense of humour. His sharp wit and clever jokes kept everyone on their toes and in good spirits. He lived a full life in his hometown of Powell River and will be greatly missed by all.


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From: Stubberfield Funeral Home

Stubberfield Funeral Home Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Debbie & Jerry Stroomer

So very sorry to hear of this great loss. Derek was a pretty amazing guy.
Our hearts are heavy upon hearing of Dereks passing.💔

From: Margaret McMillan
Relation: Friend of son & wife,,,

Dear Sandy,,,,,so so sad to hear of Derek,s passing he was a great guy and good friend to all who knew him, he had the best sense of humour and infectious laugh and the widest smile,,,,always called me Mrs Mac,,,,,love and hugs, gone but never forgotten McMillan family, Robert,Margaret,Kevin,Cindy & Scott

From: Brad Head
Relation: Longtime friend since grade 3. Ex room mate and my best friend growing up.

The sudden passing of my dearest longtime friend Derek saddens me so much. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

From: Barbara Sadler
Relation: Jam friend and fan.

So sorry for your loss. He always had a smile and kind word. The music community will surely miss Derek.

From: Kathy and Joel Cote
Relation: Friends

Sandy and Family, we are sending all of our love and condolences to you and your family during this time of sadness. Derek was an amazing man whom lite up the room when he was around. His sense of humour is one that us as well as our boys will never forget!! May your memories of him help you through this difficult time.

From: Mike gauthier
Relation: Friend

It was a pure pleasure knowing Derek and also working with him. He always seemed to be in a good mood which transferred to the people around him. He will be missed. Rest In Peace my friend

From: Jim Arnold
Relation: Friend

I will not be able to attend Dereks service (at sea for 3 weeks) I will be thinking of you all. I like the jam idea after the service. RIP Derek

From: Debbie
Relation: Friend

Joe and I are so very sorry for your loss hon ❤️

From: Al and Donna Drummond
Relation: Friends and Cabin neighbours

Donna and I were so sad to hear of this tragedy. Sandy our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
January 11, 2020
Beginning at 1:00pm

Dwight Hall
6274 Walnut Street
Powell River, BC Canada

A jam will immediately follow the service.

6274 Walnut Street
Powell River, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

As a special request, instead of flowers, please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, a cause that was very important to Derek.

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