February 15, 1948 –
December 1, 2012
Derek loved life. Happiest when outdoors and physically fit all his life, he reveled in hiking, camping, boating, exploring B.C.’s mountains, waters and remote areas. The West Kootenays, home for 31 years, brought him much joy – the births of Dan and Stephanie, making a home and garden, teaching and community.
Derek excelled at teaching young children. He believed passionately that learning should be outdoors when possible, active and fun. He was loved by generations of his pupils at Robson Community School, where a memorial fund has been established in his name (Lepsoe Adventure Fund – LAF) to help children from struggling families access field trips and special outdoor adventures. Donations are welcome and may be sent to
LEPSOE ADVENTURE FUND, c/o Mrs. Laurie Watson, Community School Coordinator, Robson Community School, P.O. Box 259, Robson, B.C. V0G 1X0
Fiercely independent and self-reliant, Derek preferred leading to following. He loved riding, fixing and maintaining motorcycles, trucks and cars – anything with a motor. At the same time, Derek valued highly true friends and loyalty, some of forty years’ standing and some of the furry kind.
Derek loved colour and beauty. He found enormous satisfaction in planning, executing and finishing dozens of creative projects of his own design, from gardens to buildings and renovation.
Lord Jesus, may he be given one corner in heaven to make beautiful for You!
We’ll see you in the Morning, Love, when
God makes everything new!