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BOTTOMLEY, Derek Ronald

Born on October 15, 1933 in Aldershot, England and passed away March 31, 2015 in Kelowna, BC.  Raised in Torpoint, Cornwall, England.  After grammar school, Derek began working in a bank before his two years of service in the British Air Force which took him to Hong Kong.  His return to banking brought him to Kingsbridge, Devon where he met his future wife, Joan.  Opportunity to join The Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada brought him and his new bride to British Columbia.  Derek quickly became a branch manager and worked at the CIBC for 34 years.  Settling in Vancouver where Joan and Derek raised their family of 3 boys and a girl.  An avid sailor in Vancouver but his landlubbing wife had them trading in the family home for a 36 foot land yacht and they became Snowbirds for 4 years before eventually retiring to Kelowna in 1999.

Rotary Club Member since 1968.  Served as President of the Arbutus Rotary Club in 1990-91.  And was District 5060 Governor in Rotary’s Centennial Year 2004-2005.

Derek enjoyed the journey of his life.  Filled with 56 years of marriage, family, travel, love, music and ‘Service Above Self’.  Derek’s earthly journey came to an end on March 31, 2015.

He is survived by his wife Joan, sons Clive, Neal and Glenn, daughter Karen, sister Sally, Auntie Lyn and Auntie Dot and 7 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Rotary Foundation or to the Kelowna Cancer Clinic.

A celebration of life will be held at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna at 1:00 pm on Friday April 10, 2015.  For those that cannot attend the service will be webcast through www.springfieldfuneralhome.com (and will remain available to view at any time afterwards).

We encourage everyone to share their favorite memory(s) and/or photo(s) of Derek.  There will be a place to display or leave your memories for the family at the service.  Or you may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Bottomley family motto:  Fortiter, Fidelitor et Feliciter, – Boldy, Faithfully and Successfully.

NOTE:  This service will begin Friday, April 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM PST.

1:00 pm on Friday April 10, 2015

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for BOTTOMLEY, Derek Ronald is scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday April 10, 2015. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC Kelowna, BC


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  • Wayne Rimple says:

    Karen and I send our deepest regretes to Joan and her family at the recent passing of
    a great friend and Rotary Mentor. The physical part of life leaves us, but the memories live forever. Rest now my friend, you have done well!

  • Dick Drew says:

    My wife Aline and I are sadden by the news of Derek’s passing. We enjoyed serving with him and Joan during our term as Rotary Governors.He was an outstanding person .
    Dick Drew , Past Centennial Governor D5020.

  • Gord Hankin says:

    Our condolences to Joan and family. We have all lost a great man and dedicated Rotarian.
    PDG Gord Hankin 04-05
    District 7820
    Atlantic Canada

  • Lars Henriksson says:

    I was saddened to learn about Derek’s passing. As a fellow Centennial District Governor, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Derek. It was wonderful to see his commitment to Rotary.

    My deepest condolences to Joan and the rest of the family. My thoughts are with you.

    Lars Henriksson

  • Marsel says:

    Dear Joan,

    It was with great sadness that I heard about the passing of your beloved husband ,Derek.

    Please accept my sincere condolences for such a great loss.
    We pray for the exaltation of his luminous soul in all the kingdoms of God.

    May his soul be cherished with the token of God’s all-encompassing mercy.

    With loving greetings, Marsel ( Rotary Club of Lake Country, BC, Canada )

  • Jim & Carol Adamson says:

    We have surely lost a great Rotarian, but also a good friend. We cherish the times spent with Derek and Joan, late-night conversations about England, family, and of course, Rotary. Derek was passionate about all the great things Rotary does, and worked tirelessly to lead others in our district toward that same passion. Derek was a great mentor to me as we went through the district governor line, and following him made my year so much easier. Our prayers are for God’s peace for Joan and the family during this time of transition.

  • Ed Kolybaba says:

    The members of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise express their sincere condolences to Joan and the family and wish to acknowledge how much they appreciated Derek’s leadership as their District Governor, his guidance with respect to Rotary Foundation matters while he served as the District’s Foundation Chair and the sharing of his knowledge of the Permanent Fund.

    Derek will be remembered and appreciated for his leadership, guidance and passion and commitment for service through Rotary.

  • Chuck & Diane Cey says:

    Our heart goes out to you Joan,and your family,as a Rotarian Derek exemplified what Rotary is,and he was a great mentor to me.
    He was, and is: a child of the Universe.
    Chuck& Diane

  • Gordon and Shirley Lewis says:

    Dear Joan
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    I attended the service but as Shirley was home sick I am sorry I could not stay afterwards to personally express our sympathy.
    My time working with Derek was very satisfying and given the caliber of his work and his dedication to the task I am not at all surprised at the contribution he obviously made to Rotary.
    You obviously have a great family and I am sure they are a great comfort to you at this stressful time.
    Once again our prayers are with you.
    Gordon and Shirley

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