Reverend Derek Raymond Stannard

Stannard, Reverend Derek Raymond. Born July 3, 1919 in Cheslyn Hay, England. Passed away April 15, 2008, surrounded by his devoted family. Predeceased by his mother and father, Claire Joan and Harry Stannard. Survived by Joyce, his beloved wife of 53 years; sons David (Celine), Brian (Lynn), and Alan (Cathy); daughters Heather and Joan (Sam); grandchildren Jean, Genevieve, Derek, Walter, Brandon, Duncan, Robert, Jaclyn, and Patrick. Derek’s passion for the Lord was his life’s work, with parishes in Rosthern, SK, Wetaskiwin, AB, Royal Canadian Navy, Cortez Island, Alert Bay, Chemainus, Crofton, Westholme, and Lake Havasu City, Arizona.


Derek’s Poem

Weep not for me – for I sleep

in another home, in another place.

A home built not by hands but by lives by events – from first we met.

We started a foundation built on Faith. Faith in God, Christ and you and I.

The walls were formed over the years by love thick enough to protect,

thin enough to allow love to enter.

The roof was God’s hand overhead.

A stream trickling in – flooding out

was the stream of compassion and love.

Sunlight streams through windows stained by love.

In their view five tall trees stand,

surrounded by blooms.

By each we see the start

of other foundations.

Each of us here and now, build

for the future for eternity.

Build well.

Reverend Derek R. Stannard


No flowers at the request of the family but a donation to a charity of your choice is appreciated. A memorial service was held at St. Michael & All Angels Church, 2858 Mill Road, Chemainus on Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at www.sandsfuneral.com

Just as young children gather beautiful rocks and stones to show to their parents, I am taking my life treasures home to Our Father.

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