WATTS; Derek Allen

October 23, 1972 ~ November 18, 2015

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Derek Allen Watts late of Abbotsford, BC. Surrounded by his loving family, Derek passed away peacefully on November 18th at the age of 43 at ARHCC Tertiary Palliative Ward after a courageous battle with brain cancer. Derek fought with amazing strength and dignity. He was an incredibly selfless man who valued and loved his family and friends. He is survived by his wife Susan Arruda; children Griffin (4) and Harper (1); parents David and Diane; sister Kim (Mike G), sister Kelly (Mike A); nephew Hayden; nieces Kaelyn, Avery, Amalie; mother-in-law Maria; sisters-in-law Margaret, Louise (Blake), Liz (Gerry) and Sonya (Brad); many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends whom he was so close to. The family is extremely grateful for all the wonderful care Derek received from the nurses and staff at ARHCC during his brave battle. The world has lost a beautiful heart: As a kind and compassionate soul, Derek always cared for the welfare of others. He faced his cancer battle with courage and grace, thinking of others even during the darkest hours. His love for Susan and his children, Griffin and Harper, were known to all, and will be forgotten by none. There will be a visitation on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Henderson’s Fraser Valley Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford. A burial service will follow at Hazelwood Cemetery, 34070 Hazelwood Avenue, Abbotsford at 2:30 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Legacy Banquet Hall at Abbotsford Exhibition Park on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Enter at Gate 1 off Trethewey Street, Abbotsford (the Hall is located across from the track). Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider contributions to the GoFundMe campaign supporting Derek’s family:

Forever in our hearts. Rest in peace “Lovedog”

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