Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre

1969 Wyandotte Street East, Windsor, ON


Ray Glenburne Derbyshire

October 20, 1928June 12, 2020

91 years, husband of Vivienne Derbyshire of Windsor, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020 at the Hospice of Windsor & Essex County.

Born October 20, 1928 in Mersea Twp., Ontario, he was the son of the late Orley & Addys Derbyshire. Ray attended technical training in Chicago, then worked for 37 years as a salesperson and repairs specialist for Pitney Bowes. In his spare time, he was an avid woodworker who shared his creations and passion with all of his family and friends. He generated many great memories and new friendships with his activities of curling and lawn bowling. He will be remembered by many for his years of dedication to the Scouts Canada movement and all the young lives he touched in his leadership with the troops. Ray touched many lives over the years. He enjoyed summers at the lake in Kincardine and winters at the Sun-N-Fun family in Florida and lastly with his lifelong involvement with the wonderful friends of the "Rover" gang.

He is survived by his wife Vivienne, his daughter Wendy of Windsor, son Christopher (Elva) of Courtice and his daughter-in-law Liz (George) of Windsor Loving grandfather of his 7 grandchildren Lauren Shetler, Garrett Duncan, Brandon Duncan, Rachel McGowan, Ken Cabanaw, Keitha and Vicki Derbyshire, his great grandchildren Emmett, Iris, Ava, Georgina, Atticus, Ella, Aria and Brooklyn. Dear brother of Ellwood Derbyshire of Victoria, B.C. and Orlene Stockman of Windsor as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sons Timothy and Douglas.

Visitation will be held at the Walter D. Kelly Life Celebration Centre, 1969 Wyandotte Street East on Sunday, June 14, 2020 by appointment only. Please contact the funeral home at (519) 252-5711 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to arrange for a visitation appointment. A private family graveside funeral service will be held on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Victoria Memorial Gardens.

The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has instituted the following directive. “The maximum number of people who can be at the funeral home at one time (not including staff) is 10 or fewer. This pertains to the entire funeral home.”


  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 14, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Monday, June 15, 2020


Ray Glenburne Derbyshire

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Paul Darbara Hebert

June 17, 2020

Wendy sorry for your loss .Our Prayers and thoughts are with you and your. Family at this difficult time. Paul and Darbara Hebert

Barb & Albert Breckenridge

June 15, 2020

Our sincere condolences to Chris , Elva and family. Such a lovely man and talented wood crafter . I am grateful to enjoy some of the beautiful pieces he made. RIP, Barb & Albert

Michael Goetz

June 14, 2020

I was living in Kincardine in the summer of 1992 when my parents visited me from Ottawa. I mentioned to my good friend Chris that my Mom loved fishing and that I should take her on a charter. He offered up his Dad's services and Ray was gracious enough to take all five of us out on his boat. It was a beautiful summer day and the first time I had met Ray. He was a wonderful host, and although the fish escaped with their lives that day, the company was great and a good time was had by all.
When my son George was born in 2007, we were offered a loan the Derbyshire family bassinet, which we gladly accepted. It is a beautiful piece of woodwork crafted by Ray's expert hand, and was George's bed for the first three months of his life. I think he was the fourth baby to use it and I'm sure that many more will follow for years to come.
I always enjoyed my visits with Ray when I did get so see him over the years. I will miss him.
Our sincerest condolences to the entire Derbyshire clan during this difficult time.
Rest in peace Ray, and catch some fish for us.

Michael, Tina, George and Alex Goetz

Phyllis Atkins

June 14, 2020

For the many, many years I’ve known Ray he was always involved in some project to keep him busy.

There’s been a big fishing trip for many years that all the fellows loved to go on. Sometimes not many fish caught, but they all had a great time!

It’s been many months since I saw Ray in Windsor, but he was very talkative and cheerful - and of course there were the bear hugs!

My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

Catherine & Gary Rankine

June 14, 2020

Dear Vivienne, Wendy, Chris & Elva & all the family,
Saddened by, and sorry for your loss.
We are grateful to have known and loved Ray.
He had a big, beautiful heart.
I fondly remember his warm hugs.
Gary keenly remembers receiving a ‘Ray Derbyshire’ in the shoulder from boyhood. I am glad Ray never gave them out to girls.
Glad that we shared this past New Year’s Eve with you and Ray.
May the Lord comfort and strengthen you.
“The Lord is my Shepherd.”
Psalm 23:1
Sympathy, love and prayer,
Cathy & Gary Rankine

Ian Johnston

June 14, 2020

Dear Vivienne, Wendy, Chris & Elva, Liz & George (& Douglas RIP) and grandkids,

I am so grateful to my parents for putting me in cubs with the 66th Windsor Scout Group, because as I progressed from cubs to scouts, I came to know Scouter Ray, his son Douglas , my fellow scout and a best friend, and all the rest of Scouter Ray's family . This was the beginning of a life long friendship. Scouter Ray, with his gruff exterior, was one of the nicest men I've known: a fun making, generous, down-to-earth, great story telling mentor who lit up any gathering.
Thank you for sharing your husband, dad, father-in-law and grandpa with the rest of us. He was a remarkable man who will live on in our hearts and memories.
The accompanying photo is from the "Derb and Company's" 2012 annual fishing trip, one of three I was fortunate enough to take part in (Derb looks serious, but then, fishing is serious business!).

Much love to you all.
Ian, Carolyn, Shannon and Craig

Joan Moore

June 13, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the Derbyshire family. I will always treasure my annual Chinese New Year phone calls and will truly miss the man who made them. What a wonderful memory!

Love to all.
Joan & Chuck Moore

Anja McKenzie

June 13, 2020

Ray Glenburne Derbyshire was one of the most generous people I have ever known.

Don and Nancy Turcotte

June 13, 2020

We are very sorry that Ray passed away. Our thought are with you. Ray was the best neighbour we ever had, he always helped with projects and made them a lot of fun. When we went to buy wood the seller would almost always be a great friend of Ray when we were done.
A great guy. don

Eleanor Hall

June 13, 2020

Dear Vivienne, Wendy, Chris, Elva and all your families. Thinking of you all and sending our sincere condolences. Ray and his big personality will be missed, but remembered far and wide with his woodworking genius which extended to so many people. Remember the fun times - memories are what keep us going!
Love to all from Minden - Eleanor, Stewart, Glenn and Julie