Derrick Aubrecht

Born: Sun., Sep. 9, 1956
Died: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 08, 2019
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 08, 2019
Location: J.M. Jobes Funeral Home

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sat., Feb. 09, 2019
Location: Carman United Church

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Derrick Aubrecht
September 9, 1956 – February 5, 2019
Sydney Mines/Big Bras d’Or

Ivan Derrick Aubrecht was the eldest son of Rudy and Shirley (Moore) Aubrecht (both deceased), born on September 9th, 1956. His siblings, Mellodee (Earle (deceased)), Cordell (deceased) and Yolanda (Shane) had a special place in his heart.
    Derrick was born and raised in Sydney Mines. He was an avid participant in many sports throughout his youth and remained active during his life. Derrick met his wife, Donna MacKinnon in 1977 and they created an inseparable, life-long journey from that point forward. With that relationship he gained additional family and life-long friendships with Dena, Ian, Gary and Colleen. Derrick and Donna resided between Nova Scotia and Alberta through the years, eventually settling "on the hill" in Big Bras d'Or in 2014 when Derrick retired from his teaching career at SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology), of which he was a graduate of Instrumentation.
    A happy man, Derrick found joy in the simple things; an evening at the Pub with friends or a Sunday afternoon watching football on the sofa. He had many close personal relationships; once you befriended Derrick, you had a friend for life. He cherished the outdoors and brought magic to his many gardens over the years. He and Donna enjoyed numerous road trips across Canada, and embarked on many memorable camping trips with their family to British Columbia. Derrick enjoyed private walks through the woods on his property and took pride in restoring his old farmhouse. Always a knowledgeable man and life-long learner, Derrick enjoyed sharing his wisdom with others through stories. He took meticulous care of all of his possessions and everything Derrick did was done thoroughly, correctly and with care.
     Derrick's two daughters and three granddaughters, Marianne (Adam), Maia and Violet, and Bretony (James) and Adelynn were his pride and joy. They enhanced his life greatly and it is immeasurable how outstanding of a Dad he truly was. Derrick always joked that he was to be forever surrounded by women (even his cat, Kiki).
   Derrick's nieces and nephews, Troy, Rudy, Patrice, LaTasha, Chatham and Tyler each had their own unique, endeared relationship with him. Derrick treated them each as his own, offering a hand up, comradery and advice no matter what.
   On February 5th, 2019, Derrick's journey through life came to its end, surrounded by "all his girls" and in the hearts of all who knew him.
    For those wishing to pay their respects, visitation will take place on Friday, February 8, 2019, in J.M. Jobes Funeral Home in Sydney Mines from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A Celebration of Derrick's Life will take place on Saturday, at 2pm in Carman United Church in Sydney Mines, followed immediately by a reception at the Sydney Mines Firehall until 5pm.
    Donations greatly appreciated and can be made to The Cape Breton Cancer Patient Care Fund, c/o Tom MacNeil, a non-profit near and dear to Derrick's heart.
     Out of respect for allergies, the family asks that all friends please attempt to refrain from the use of any scented products.
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Anna Lafreniere
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Mellodee and Family

It is with great sorrow that I send my condolences. I met Derrick briefly in Halifax many years ago but feel I knew him all my life as you spoke so wonderfully of him over the years. I know all these happy memories will give you peace . Take care my dear friend.

Gerard and Jeannette macIntyre
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Dear Donna and family,please except our most sincere and heartfelt condolances on your loss,God be with you at this difficult time

Bernie and Lilly Legatto
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Our sincere condolences to you Donna M and family . Wonderful memories of the times we did get together in B.C. and NS.. May Derrick RIP .

Diana Aubrecht
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Donna & Family: i am so sorry for your tremendous loss. i loved Derrick so much, but who didn’t. I am grieving here in Toronto, but I know that Derrick’s suffering is now over & he can join his parents & brother in heaven. I love you Donna and May Derrick rest in peace. God Bless You All.

Barbara (Devoe) Denbow
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Dear cousin Donna and Family. We’re sending love, prayers and healing thoughts from your west coast cousin and family. I will never forget the hospitality and love your family extended to us on our visits to Calgary. Upon rising Derrick would be in the kitchen cookin up a huge breakie to start our day with - while you would make sure we were familiar with the whereabouts of places on our agenda, prior to heading off to work, and when we got back to your home at the end of the day Derrick would be flashing up the Bar-B in the back yard where we’d finish off our day with stories and laughter of times gone by and yet to come. I feel so blessed to have had that time to get to know Derrick and see how systematically you both worked together in life - it was so beautiful. God speed Derrick - love you Donna.

Alma Nugent Murray
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
My sincere condolences to Donna and all his beautiful family, especially his girls. I was saddened to hear about Derrick s passing. Sending much love and many healing prayers to Donna and all his friends and family.❤️🙏

Jeri Pero-Fraser
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Dear Donna,
I cannot fathom the heartache you, your girls and family have suffered tbroughout Derrick's illness and now with his passing. I truly hope that God gives all of you strength. I know there are no words that anyone can offer to provide comfort. Just know, I think of you with love and sorrow.

Connie McCormick
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Donna and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. RIP Derrick. May you fly with the angels.

Deanna Currie Deveaux
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Please accept my condolences on the passing of a truly wonderful man. Love to you All! XO

Vernon Ronald
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
So sorry for your loss Donna. Derrick embraced me as a friend the first day I met him and thankfully that friendship endured for 19 years. I will miss him. Prayers and warm thoughts go out to you and your family.

Lynda McLeod
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Donna and families. I was shocked to read about Derricks passing on facebook. I just don't know what to say except my heart goes out to you all he was a good man . Please know i love you all so very much and god bless you all. Lynda McLeod.

Kathy Squires
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Please accept our deepest condolences,, we are so sorry to hear of Derricks passing. Rest in Peace,,🙏 Kathy & Stuart Squires

Heidi Draper
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Dear Donna and Family,
I am so sad to hear of Derrick’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this incredibly difficult time. Much love to you my friend. ♥️
Heidi Draper

Deborah Allen
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
So sorry to hear this. We haven’t been in touch for a while but have fond memories of our times together. Hugs to the family!

Martha Ross
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Dear Donna and family, I am so saddened to hear of Derrick's passing. My deepest sympathy to you all, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Ron Pye
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Donna, So sorry for you and your family. Every time I think of the fun times I had with Derrick so many years ago my heart breaks. He was a good friend to everyone he knew

MaryJessome/Lorne Bungay
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019
Whenever you look to the sun and sky know that he is watching over you all. It is with a heavy heart that Lorne and I want you and the girls know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Derrick was a very special person and we will miss him Lots of BC camping memories for all of us as well. We wish we were closer to help in your time of need. Love you all xo
Mary ,Lorne
Sarah ,Michael and Luke xo

Ernie Grummett
   Posted Wed February 06, 2019

My sincere and deepest sympathy to you and the girls. Derrick was my dearest and most treasured friend.

He was as honest and truthful as can be, willing to share knowledge and expertise to anyone, all you had to do was ask.

We will miss him

My Condolences and thoughts are with you

Sandra and Les Bonnar
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
My dear friend Donna, I cannot begin to fathom how you are feeling. You and Derrick shared a love that was inseparable for over 40 years. I am thinking of you and the girls and pray with all my heart God gives you the strength to get through this difficult time. Keep all your wonderful memories together close to your heart. Derrick is finally at peace and his long hard fight is over. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and he will live on in your heart, and through your stories and memories. RIP Derrick, you were one in a million !!

Caterina Greco Mangone
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Donna and family, I am saddened by the news of Derrick's passing. Take comfort in the shared memories and his love for all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Francine Aubrecht
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Dear Donna and Family -as you weep the loss of this beloved man -May it-bring you comfort to know that Derrick now dwells in that safe place where no storm or pain can reach him -we will find him when we gaze upon all beauty — when we see kindness and love displayed — for he will surely be present there —he will never be forgotten - for he dwells eternally within the hearts of all his loved ones —- Amen Donna —- God Bless You

Bob and Debbie MacLaggan
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Dear Donna and family please accept out deepest condolences for the loss of Derrick. We are thinking of you all at this sad time.

Darryl & Viola Gray
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Dear Mrs. Aubrecht - we didn't have the honour or pleasure of meeting you & Derick, but we know Bretony and Adelynn (Darryl's Granddaughter & my Great-Granddaughter) - also, James always spoke very highly of Derrick. You have our sincere condolences & he certainly will be missed by your family.

Ann & Ray Holec
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
So sorry to hear of Derrick's passing. Our condolences to you Donna and family, may he rest in peace.

Chinwe Onwuekwe
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Donna, I am deeply saddened by the passing of your dear husband, Derrick. Thinking of you and praying that God comforts you and your family at this difficult time. May Derrick rest in peace. Amen.

Sheila Penny
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
May all your memories bring you some peace at this difficult time. My sincere condolences to Donna and family.

Len and Carol Ann Vickers
   Posted Thu February 07, 2019
Donna, Marianne, Bretony and Derrick's entire family, we are sorry to hear of Derrick's passing. He was a good neighbour when he lived across the road years ago. We can't be there in person so please accept our condolences.

Shirlene, James & Sean Pinilla McGovern
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Dearest Donna & family, We cannot express deep enough sympathy and sadness at the loss of your beloved Derrick. We remember his ready smile, quick wit and big heart serving up laughter, good food and generosity at gatherings here in Calgary. The two of you always made everyone feel "at home" and welcome, no matter the time or circumstance. Proud father and grandfather, wise teacher, brave patient and enduring soulmate... take hope and comfort that his vibrant, laughing spirit will continue to warm all your hearts and lives in the days ahead.

Darlene Dove, Jim, Darryl and Julia
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Derrick had a rich life because he was blessed with a wonderful, loving wife and family and, luckily, had open arms and a smile to welcome so many of us in so that we could call him our friend. He always seemed to have a contentment and peace about him that allowed him to live, love and laugh along the path of his happy life. Our hearts are broken for you Donna and for all of his girls, family and friends. He will be very dearly missed and was widely loved, a testament to the kind of wonderful man he was. Our love.

Celeste Araujo
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Dear Melloddee My deepest sympathy during this very difficult time. I did not know your brother but as I am reading through the notice and as well as through your stories about him, I get the feeling that he was a kind and gentle soul who always put family first. He seemed to be a man who enjoyed the simple things in life such as the annual Superbowl with family and friends. What I have heard people say in the past is that he is an angel now and will continue to look after his family and friends from up above. May you be comforted by the many memories that you have of him. Prayers and positive energy are sent your way, my friend

Sandra Macdonald, David MacLean.
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Sincere sympathy to all the family. Our thoughts are with you Yolanda and Chatham and your families.

Paula Hodder
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
So sorry for your lose, you can take comfort in the fact he is now at peace and you made the journey for him very comforting. Hugs to you, Derrick was a great guy, and will be truly missed!

The Hollingsworth Family
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Donna and family we were very sad to hear about your wonderful husband lots of love sent your way

Lynn Gorman
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Donna and girls,
We were so so sorry to hear about your loss. Derrick was great and his two daughters are a legacy to his character. We have very fond memories of Maryann and Bretony and our summer adventures in Ingonish. Hold on to memories and celebrate his life. Take Care.
Lynn and Nicole Gorman

Gurdip Gundara
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Donna, so sad to hear about your loss. May God give you courage and strength in this difficult time. My condolences to you and your family.
take care, Gurdip

Alan MacLeod
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Donna liked to call him Superman. I understood why. Despite years of arduous chemotherapy, Derrick always managed to be positive, upbeat, brave. He was super in other ways. I always marveled at his vast knowledge¬—of electronics, electricity, you-name-it. His explanations of complex subjects would often fly right over my head; I would smile and pretend I'd understood a tenth of what Derrick had said. I loved the wide-ranging conversations we would have: baseball, the state of the world, the remarkable charms of Donald Trump. Jan and I loved to stop for tea and conversation after our morning walk to Dalem Lake. Things can never be quite the same with Derrick gone but we look forward to carrying on the tradition and remembering what a remarkable man he was, that Superman of yours.

Rhonda Lehr
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear of Derrick's passing. You and your family have been through so much! Find strength in each other and in the love you have for Derrick. Thinking of you and the girls in this difficult time. Rhonda

Paul Legatto
   Posted Fri February 08, 2019
Rest in Peace, Derrick. Sorry for your loss so soon Donna, Marianne and Brettony.

Lynn & Sandy Le Blanc
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Donna & Family

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, bother and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Lynn & Sandy

   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Dearest Donna and family. My heart goes out to you all. There are no words and such a loss is heartbreaking. Derrick was a wonderful person and touched so many peoples’ lives in so many ways. He enriched others by knowing him. You and he had the love story of dreams and sadly most great love stories have a tragedy and this great loss certainly is. The blessings are however plentiful through your beautiful children and grandchildren. Derrick is no longer suffering and I pray that your decades of love and memories will sustain you and your girls as you go forward. Sending love and sincere condolences.

Lynette Leach
   Posted Sat February 09, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you Donna and your family. Though we only met Derrick a few times, we knew that he was someone special and you two had a very loving relationship. All the best to you, your girls, and all the family.

Lynette and Christian

Shirley & Carl MacRae
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
Deepest Sympathy to you Donna and your family. Another good soul is gone from the “hill”. He will surely be missed.
Shirley & Carl

Stu Leach
   Posted Sun February 10, 2019
Dear Donna and family,

Our deepest condolences to you and all the family at this difficult time. We enjoyed meeting Derrick some years ago when we were home. You will be in our thoughts and prayers and we wish you peace and comfort in the coming days.

Stu and Carol

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