Optimist Cadets, Toronto Optimists
Shy, quiet and dependable! Those were the attributes of Derek. He was the "steady Eddie" that all successful Drum Corps need; always there, always on time, always prepared.
He came to the Optimists from the Cadet Feeder Corps and played from 1968 through the early 1970's.
One evening Derek decided to take a short-cut home across the railway tracks. He died long before his time!