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Date of Passing: Nov 14, 2019

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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Derek at the Neepawa Hospital on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the age of 81, after a battle with Parkinson's disease and cancer.
He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife of 59 years, Beatrice (nee McKinnon); daughters, Shauna Betts (Andrew Giffin), Deann MacInnis (John), Karen Chabot (Bob), Lori Betts (Ruedi Hausermann); loving grandchildren, Jesse, Ty, Dane Giffin, Brandon (Susan), Rhaea, Bryce MacInnis, Jonathon Chabot (Christie), Ashton Doman (Matthew) nee Chabot; and great-grandchildren, Mirae, Hayden, Zachary Chabot and William Doman; as well as nephews, Bruce Kellington (Joanne) and their children Aryn and Bryan; and Todd Kellington.
Derek is predeceased by his parents, Leonard and Mabel Betts (nee L'Ami); sister Clare Watts; and grandchild Brodie Chabot. There are also many extended family members on Bea's side and numerous special friends who will miss him.
Derek was dedicated to a long career as a CPA, having worked with Shell Oil in Calgary and as comptroller at the paper mill in The Pas. He was a member of many service groups and served the community well, including being Worthy Grand Patron of Eastern Star, Deputy Grand Master for the North in Masons, and was winner of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award for Rotary. He was on the hospital board, and church vestry. Derek travelled often, visiting many countries and seeing Canada from one coast to the other. His other love was the beautiful cabin he built on Clearwater Lake where many treasured family memories were formed.
A memorial service celebrating Derek's life will take place at St. James Anglican Church, 535 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 with a reception to follow at the Neepawa United Church, 474 Mountain Ave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Parkinson's Canada, CancerCare Manitoba Foundation, or Neepawa and Area Palliative Care (ARHA).

Funeral arrangements by
White's Funeral Home, Neepawa
(204) 476-5018

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 16, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • Extending our heartfelt and deepest sympathy to the Betts family on the passing of Derek Betts. We were deeply saddened to see that he had passed away. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute of his volunteer service and outstanding accomplishments. He leaves behind a legacy of commitment to his community and family. Thinking of you at this very sad and difficult time. Staff & friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Nov 18, 2019

  • I am very sorry to hear of Derek‚Äôs passing. He was a special man who made the world a better place for all those he met along his journey. I always enjoyed being around Derek and his wonderful family. I would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to Bea and the rest of the family. God Bless you all at this difficult time. - Posted by: Dana Donald (Friend) on: Nov 18, 2019

  • We send out deepest sympathy to Bea and Family. Derek was a wonderful friend and we will all miss him. He was always so cheerful and very friendly. May he rest in peace. Leila & Jack - Posted by: Leila & Jack Goods (Friends) on: Nov 16, 2019

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