Derek Coleman was genuine in every aspect, sometimes to a fault. He would often tell you exactly how he felt not realizing if it was not what you were expecting to hear. He didn’t do it to be rude, he was just being honest. This was tough at times but you could always trust that Derek was saying how he really felt. He was not shy to share his opinions on politics, historical events, video games, movies, board games, or just about anything. He would listen to what you had to say and calmly ask you a question that would gently challenge your viewpoint. His vast knowledge on such a broad range of topics was never lost on those he encountered. He could quote a line from a movie and in the next sentence quote Friedrich Nietzsche.
Derek had an amazing smile and a wicked sense of humor. He had the ability to be both serious, while adding in his quick-witted jokes that could add levity to a dark situation. Derek made a lasting impact on everyone he met; his connections span the globe. We were always so proud of how he was able to keep those connections alive despite the distance. Derek was loved deeply, and he loved deeply. We will miss him every day but we are so thankful to have had him for the 33 years we did. He may not be with us today, but his legacy will live on forever. Rest easy Derek, you’ve done enough.