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Derick Thomas Wallis

May 22, 1978 - December 16, 2022


With overwhelming sadness, we announce the death of our son Derick, sudden and unexpected, of a drug overdose.

Derick was born in Victoria. He lived in Sooke, albeit very briefly, before the family moved to Tofino and then Ucluelet. The west coast Long Beach area always held a big place in his heart. When Derick was three, the family moved to North Cowichan where he spent most of his life. He loved hiking and camping, swimming, and his studies in acting and anthropology. He loved exploring the forests of his own backyard, Maple Mountain. He acquired the nickname “Dee” early on in his life. “Dee” graduated from Cowichan High in 1996. He was active in the arts community and participated with Shawnigan Players and Mercury Theatre. Derick was very tall which served him well for the years he was a strong member of the Duncan Sting Rays competitive swimming team. He cut the water as easily as most folks butter their toast. In swimming, having long arms or leavers is a good thing. He was a backstroke specialist. Some of his most favourite times were theatre acting and heading over to Long Beach for the day to run through the sand dunes, something he grew up doing in his early years. Always he was
attracted to water activities! At a young age, he would be stomping his feet in a puddle or as an adult swimming for kilometres along the coastline of Maui, Hawaii. After high school, Derick attended Malaspina College with a focus on Arts then Anthropology. At age 25, mental illness interrupted his dreams of anthropology when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. This led to associated challenges, as it often does for those afflicted with mental
illness, with alcohol and drugs. Despite his challenges, Derick’s love for his son Cameron and daughter Rose never wavered. Derick was seeking a new life after two years of recovery and rehab in Burnaby and Coquitlam, looking forward to being closer to his son and daughter again, when
tragedy happened. This was a shock to all who knew him well. Derick was known for putting others before himself, often described as the knight in shining
armour riding a white horse coming to others’ rescue before he would care about himself. In the end, Derick was an organ donor and, like the knight coming to another’s rescue, he made his final rescue, the gift of life to others he did not know…Bravo Derick! We wish to thank Derick’s support medical professionals here in Duncan, the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team, who over the years has been there for him and his family; in particular, he
always appreciated the support of Steve and Marnie. Thanks to Warmland House Shelter. Thanks also to the VGH (Vancouver) teams in the ICU, Organ Recovery and Social Services who guided the family through this trying time. He leaves behind his adult son Cameron, his adopted out daughter Rose, his parents Patricia (neeGoodsell) and Bryan Wallis, a brother Jeffrey (Sabrina), a sister Laura (David), and numerous nieces and a nephew: Amity, Brooklyn, Connor, Kaelianna and Zenaiyah. Goodbye “Uncle Dee”, we will miss you. You will live forever in our hearts. The family is comforted knowing that Derick is now at peace. May your God be with you, Derick. The family encourages donations, on behalf of Derick, to the Canadian Mental Health Association,
Cowichan Valley Branch at: https://www.cmhacowichanvalley.com/. Or, specifically: https://www.cmhacowichanvalley.com/donate_a_meal_at_warmland and being an organ donor, the gift of life.
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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Gael Ellis
Relation: Friend

I wish you and your family my deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow. May you be comforted by the promise the Bible gives that your loved one will soon live again in a peaceful paradise on the earth where death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Acts 24:15; Revelation 21:4)

From: Cheryl Gaudet
Relation: Nephew

To the Wallis family we extend our deepest and profound sympathies to you all on the very tragic passing of your dear son, brother, uncle, father and our dear nephew.
Our hearts are broken along with yours but know that Derick is now at peace. We, as do you, take comfort in knowing his organs have been donated so that another person may have life. Bless him for this gift to others. Love always, Glenn, Cheryl, Kurt, Chelsea, Matthew and Molly.

From: John Paul Blackham
Relation: an old friend

My condolences. It has been a long time since I last spoke with Derick but he was a very good friends for many years when we were younger. I know he was a good person and will be missed. With love, Paul

From: Donna Smyth
Relation: Taught Derick in grade 6 at Maple Bay School

I taught Derick in grade 6 at Maple Bay School, and I have such fond memories of Derick and his family. I was deeply saddened to hear about Derick’s passing, and the challenges that he worked hard to overcome. The obituary is a gracious overview of all aspects of Derick’s life. Know that I have been thinking about you and your family, and sharing in your loss and grief.

From: Helene Demers
Relation: He was my student for many years at Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University-College)

I was saddened to learn to learn that this lovely man and former student has passed away. I had the pleasure of knowing Derick as a student in my anthropology classes at VIU for several years. His life experience and generosity of spirit were powerful contributors to the learning of his classmates. I will always remember Derick for his keen intellect, love of anthropology, empathy for others, elegant way of dressing, and the way his smile lit up the room. His love for his son shone through our conversations and he brought him to one of our classes. My heartfelt condolences to his family for the loss of a beautiful spirit who struggled to find peace.
I wish you well on your journey Derick. May love surround you.
In gratitude,

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