We Remember

BASSETT-SMITH, Derek Anthony

July 20, 1983 — July 31, 2013

Derek passed away peacefully on the 31st of July 2013 after a 7-year battle with cancer. He leaves behind a loving wife Alicia and beautiful baby girl Lily, his parents John and Joan, brothers Chris and Mike, and many other family members and friends in Canada and New Zealand, all who will miss him dearly.


Derek fought his disease bravely and despite the gross unfairness of the challenge he managed to live a full life with a large and loving group of friends and family. He was an example of extreme strength and grace under pressure, and prospered against untenable odds for longer than anyone could have predicted.


Derek was a pilot, outdoorsman, and an active and excellent RCMP officer before his illness prevented him from working further. He was supported in his battle and helped by many special people and professionals. His family wishes to express their most sincere gratitude and admiration to the RCMP and Dr. Verster for the incredible support they provided.


Derek will be missed by many but most of all by his wonderful young family. A public service will be held at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on August 17th, 2013 at 3pm and is open to all who knew Derek and would like to attend.


He is gone, but never forgotten.


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August 17th, 2013 at 3pm

Coast Capri Hotel

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