In memory of
Floyd R. Derick
POMPANO BEACH, FL - Floyd Robert Derick, 88, formerly of West Hartford, CT passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October, 12th following a long and courageous battle with cancer, which despite his advanced age Floyd vowed to win. He was the beloved and devoted husband of Audrey (Miller) Derick. "Floyd and Aud" as they were affectionately known to all, had just celebrated their 63rd Anniversary. Floyd was born in Clarenceville, Quebec on March 3, 1928, on a dairy farm. Floyd grew up as a dairy farmer until greater dreams called. He left Canada to work in banking in Connecticut, where he met Audrey. In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Army as a medic even though he was not a United Citizen. He fought on the front lines of Korea until 1954. Floyd was injured in combat but refused to leave his battalion for aid and on Veterans Day 2016 Senator Christopher Murphy honored Floyd with several Korean War medals. Shortly after serving, he became an American Citizen. He worked at The Hartford Courant and found a home at Northeast Utilities (now Eversource). Floyd had a long, successful and rewarding career originally selling light bulbs and moving up through the ranks of middle management. Floyd was loved and respected by all his colleges and never hesitated to share a good joke or funny moment in the midst of a talk or speech. Always providing for his family, Floyd sold Christmas Trees at the family "Christmas Tree Lot" on the corner of New Britain Avenue and New Park for many years, sharing the Christmas spirit with many and instilling a true work ethic in all his children. Floyd took on many civic duties and was active in a variety of clubs and social organizations throughout his lifetime. Floyd had a long and rich retirement which he lived to the fullest. Always traveling in his Lincoln, he would attend the Korean War Veterans reunions yearly, always willing to stop and visit friends and family along the way or a favorite casino. Spending half his time at the cottage he built and loved in Canada on Lake Champlain (his favorite vacation place) and half in Florida, always surrounded by family and friends - and always with a card game or dominoes. In addition to the love of his life his wife Audrey, he proudly leaves his children: Robert Derick of Hopkinton, MA; Sandra Dreissig of Natick, MA; Jane Derick of Myrtle Beach, SC; Karen MacMillian of Bloomfield, CT and Thomas Derick of Wethersfield, CT, and their respected spouses. In addition he is also survived by eleven loving grandchildren and two great grandchildren whom he was immensely proud of. He also leaves behind his brother Lloyd Derick of Clarenceville, Quebec and was predeceased by his sister Joyce Daley of Pompano Beach, FL. Floyd was one of the "Greatest Generation" and leaves behind a legacy of love and memories. The family would like to thank all the doctors, and nurses that helped Floyd fight his courageous battle. In addition, the family was blessed and wishes to bestow an extra thank you to Floyd's granddaughter Kirbie Derick who selflessly put her life as a nurse on hold and traveled to Florida to care for her Papa during the last four months of his life. A private memorial service will take place at the family's convenience at Fairview Cemetery in West Hartford, CT. In lieu of flowers his family kindly suggest that memorial gifts in Floyd's memory be sent to a Veteran's organization of the donor's choice.
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