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EVELYN, Derek Edward Todd

April 23, 1936 – November 23, 2012

Derek Evelyn of Calgary passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the age of 76 years.

Derek Evelyn was born in St. Kitts, West Indies, and lived in Nevis – Montserrat, Tortola and Antigua before emigrating to Canada in 1954. After graduation from McGill University (B.Com 60), Derek joined Shell Canada Ltd. in Finance and Administration where he enjoyed a thirty year career. He had fond memories of bush-plane trips to Canada’s Eastern Arctic outposts, instructing the Inuit so they could be plant managers. Derek’s career involved postings in Montreal and Toronto before his 1984 transfer to Calgary, AB. This move meant giving up Lake Ontario ‘slooping’ for ‘prairie schoonering’.

With his wife Sylvia by his side, they adopted the RV lifestyle with gusto. They explored much of Canada and the United States of America in their motor-home. In their retirement they spent their winters in Naples, FL and Surprise, AZ. They made lasting friends at every stop. Derek was a voracious reader and crossword puzzle addict, but his real passions were fitness and the outdoors. He was a regular at the Riverside Club, both on the tennis courts and in the gym. At different times he played and refereed soccer, helped to build the infrastructure at Toronto’s BPYC, played tennis and enjoyed biking and pleasure skating particularly outdoors on Lake Bonavista. Among his favourite memories were an idyllic bareboat charter in Nevis with Sylvia, trips with her to Europe and Australia, many weeklong backpacking treks in the Rockies with good friend Colin Laight and, in later years, long West Coast sails on Colin’s yacht. Another much cherished memory was the weekly movie-and-dinner outing with good friends in the ‘Dinner Gang’.

Derek was predeceased by his beloved wife Sylvia (nee Dufort) of fifty years. He will be missed by his two sons, Todd and Stuart of Toronto; his brother Dr. Trevor Evelyn and wife Sandra of Nanaimo; brother-in-law Jean-Guy Dufort and wife Christiane of Montreal. Derek was an outgoing person and will also be missed by many friends and family.
Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church (711-37 street, N.W., Calgary, AB), on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Center, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB – T2N 4N2.

In living memory of Derek Evelyn, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. I was saddened to hear about Derek’s passing. At Shell I worked with him for many years and he was highly dedicated in his work. Moreover, as a person he was greatly admired by all his co-workers.

    My condolences to you. I pray that the Good Lord will bless you and comfort you through this difficult time.

    Tony den Boef
    Nanoose Bay, BC

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  2. Shirley Baxter :

    I was shocked to hear of Derek’s passing. He was a thoughtful caring person and will be missed by many.

    My condolence to Todd and Stuart and the Evelyn family.

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  3. Derek was a wonderful friend and long time member of The Riverside Club. We saw him everyday at the club and his positive energy and spirited banter will be missed by all.

    Our deepest sympathy to family and close friends.

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  4. Myrna and Bob Duyns :

    We are devastated by the passing of our dear friend, Derek Evelyn, and cherish all the years of wonderful friendship with both him and Sylvia. We were blessed by a recent visit from Derek which will remain in our memories forever. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Todd, Stuart and all the family. We know he loved you all dearly. He was a very special man and friend.

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  5. The CLitheroe Family :

    Our family will always remember the warm welcome Derek extended to us when we first transferred to Calgary, where everyone was a stranger. He taught my wife and daughter to play tennis while encouraging our daughter in her academic pursuits. Derek was a faithful member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church where he regularly served as lector. He will be missed by many in his neighbourhood and faith community, but not forgotten.

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  6. I was saddened to read of Derek’s passing. Derek – along with Jack Oneill-
    hired me as a new grad in 1972 at Place Ville Marie and I went on to spend almost 36 years with Shell. I remember many things about Derek and I can almost hear him answering the phone with his clipped “Evelyn here”. He was a principled man with great integrity and, despite his seemingly serious exterior, showed us a very human touch. I attended Derek’s retirement function and I can vividly recall Fred Pryor’s presentation of a ficticious book which he alleged to be one of Derek’s favorites. It was called “Capital Punishment For Expense Account Fraud” which brought the house down. My career path took me to a different part of Shell from Derek and we did not see each other frequently. However, having benefitted from a fair bit of early exposure to Derek I never lost sight of the impact that he made upon me. He was one of the really good guys. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time….Ian Learmonth

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  7. I knew Derek through our work at Shell Canada after his transfer west. And though we didn’t work closely together, I remember his friendly smile and willingness to help out. Sincere sympathies to Derek’s family.

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  8. I was sad to hear Derrick’s passing. I knew Derrick from the tennis club. We played tennis number of times over the past decade. He was true gentleman and a genuinely decent human being.


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  9. On behalf of my family and myself, please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Derek. He was one of the most generous, unselfish, life-loving people I have ever met, and he unfailingly shared these qualities with his friends, who loved him for it. Derek always lit up the room he was in. I know my parents Dixie and Lorne Lyndon were always thankful for everything he did for them; they will always consider him one of their best friends, and will miss him terribly. We all will. Please take care.

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  10. Derek and Sylvia sailed at Bluffers Park Yacht Club along with my parents, Robert and Jean Fordham. I remember being at the yacht club many times marvelling at what they accomplshed, along with others, all while enjoying each other’s company. After they moved to Calgary, Derek and Sylvia kept in touch with my parents always stopping in to and from their many trips to Montreal and the U.S. After my father died and then Sylvia, Derek and my Mom continued to stay in touch and see each other whenever possible. Derek would often take us out for lunch or he would come to my house for dinner. He was a bright, kind, generous, and interestng man who had lots of stories to share and had a good listening ear. He kept in touch with my Mom by email and was quite simply, a true friend. We will miss him. Our sympathies to Todd and Stuart. He talked alot about you, and it was obvious he loved you and was very proud of you.

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  11. Our sincere condolences to Todd, Stuart and family. Derek was a genuine and faithful friend of my parent’s for many years, his unlimited kindness and friendly generosity to our family will never be forgotten. May you sense God’s peace and comfort in knowing that he is together with his beloved Sylvia again and in how he richly touched so many lives and in how much he was loved and will be missed by SO many. Sincerely, Mark, Caren & family

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  12. Dear Todd and Stuart, I wish to offer you both my sympathy on the passing of you father. Both of your parents we such dear friends to my Mom and Dad for many years. I have fond memories of those pick up hockey games at the LHRA rink with your Dad. He will be missed by many but will always be remembered.

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  13. I’m so sorry to hear about Derek Evelyn’s passing. I grew up across the street from he and Evelyn on Viking Avenue in Pointe Claire, QC and they were good friends of my parents. In the last few years, he would come take my Mom and I for lunch when Mom visited Calgary. He was a lovely man and will be greatly missed by many.

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