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Dean Derbyshire

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BLOOMINGTON — Dean James Derbyshire, 63, of Bloomington died suddenly at 6:22 a.m. Saturday (March 20, 2010) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association.

Dean was born April 9, 1946, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, the son of James and Olive Derbyshire.

Surviving are his partner, Trisha Knak, with whom he made his home; his daughter, Katie and her husband, Sean Woodall, Windsor; and a stepdaughter and friend, Heather. He was the proud “Grampa Dean” to his only grandchild, Riley Layne Woodall, Windsor. Also surviving are his former wife, Carol Derbyshire; and two sisters, Jean Derbyshire and Carol Derbyshire.

He was preceded in death by his father in 1984; his mother in 1992; and his sister, Joan Elm, in 2003.

Dean moved in the early 1990s to Illinois to work for Chrysler International on a joint venture with Mitsubishi Motors and retired in Bloomington. During his retirement, he has enjoyed many rounds of golf, played a few great games of pool, and of course, cards. Dean will also be remembered as a great coach of Riverside Minor Hockey, with many championship banners hanging in the arena to this day. Dean was also a successful coach for AKO football and high school football during his Windsor days.

Dean thoroughly enjoyed his life in Bloomington with Trish and had many tremendous friends there.

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