Roach, Derek Anthony Maxwell, (Dec. 16, 2017)

It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden passing on December 16, 2017 of Derek, wonderful son of Elaine and Tony Roach, and loving husband and best friend of Carla Sowinski with whom he shared 15 years. Derek is also survived by his sister Kathy (Dean) MacLellan, children Michael and Emma, brother Michael (Christie) Gill and children, and son Zev Maitland, his British aunts and uncles: Rosemary (Wilf) Lowe, Pat Robinson, and Nick (Sue) Roach and their children, and his Canadian relatives: aunts and uncles Janet (Byron) Simmons, Greg Shafley (Diane Stewart) Mary (Tim) Norwood and first cousins Ken (Pam) Simmons, Kristin (Brendon) Currie, Dan (Amanda) Simmons, Johanna (Brad) Westby, Katie Shafley (Matt Ellis), David (Jana) Norwood and Kara (Shane) Bray.  He will be dearly missed by his father and mother-in-law, Ron and Pat Sowinski, and sisters-in-law Sarah, Theresa, Jessica, and Jenna. After leaving high school, Derek joined the military.  He worked on IT issues in the Army with the highest security clearance.  After transferring into the officer stream and joining the Air Force, he earned a Mechanical Engineering degree. Throughout his time in the military, he worked in Alert Nunavut, Halifax N.S., Victoria B.C. and also at his home base in Ottawa.  He was chosen to participate in the Nijmegen Military March in the Netherlands and spoke often of the warm welcome the Canadian contingent received from the people in Holland. Derek had a deeply creative and artistic nature.  He loved working with wood and metal, designing and building furniture, and stained glass and sculptures. He made many beautiful gifts for family and friends. Derek was an avid cyclist and volunteered many hours at the local bike shop. He battled with mental health issues for a number of years. He will be deeply missed for his generous, kind and loving nature and his fantastic smile that could light up and entire room. A memorial service will be held at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Donations to the Canadian Association for Mental Health would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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