Today marks a year since we lost our beloved colleague, Derrick McIntosh.
Working remotely has sometimes made it hard to believe it’s real. It can’t really be true that he’s no longer with us and that when we eventually return to the office he won’t be there.
And yet we also feel his absence every day.
Today we will remember all the things, big and small, that we loved about Derrick – the way he told stories that made us laugh so hard our stomachs hurt; his righteous anger at unfairness and injustice; his precise enunciation; his willingness to listen and to be there for anyone who needed support of any kind; the deliberate way he walked around the office, never meandering; his favourite sweater; his quick, dry wit; his phenomenal advocacy skills; the way he chuckled while he talked; and so, so many other things.
We’d give anything to still have you here holding court, Derrick. Rest easy.
A trust fund has been established in Derrick’s name for a post-secondary scholarship for a graduate of Derrick’s high school, Norwell District Secondary School. Information on donating can be found at the end of this post.