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Dereck D. Chaput

Born: Mon., Jul. 30, 1984
Died: Mon., Aug. 20, 2012


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Aug. 24, 2012
Location: Anctil Rochette and Son Funeral Home


Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Sat., Aug. 25, 2012


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OBITUARY:                            DERECK D. CHAPUT

 

 

Dereck D. Chaput, 28, of Ledyard, CT passed away Monday, August 20, 2012.

Dereck was born in Nashua on July 30, 1984, a son of Daniel & Mary (Powers) Chaput of Merrimack.  He was married to the love of his life, Dr. Christine Hamelin-Chaput on May 14, 2011.  Of Christine he would often say “She has helped me to become the man I have always dreamed I could be”.

Dereck was raised in Merrimack, NH where he grew up and participated in numerous youth and high school sports.  He was a 2003 graduate of Bishop Guertin High School and a 2008 graduate of Salve Regina University.  Following his graduation, Dereck remained in Rhode Island where his lifelong passions for motorcycles lead him to the position of Customer Sales and Service Manager at Twisted Throttle, Inc.

Besides his wife and parents, Dereck is survived by:

One sister; Audra Chaput of Merrimack

One brother; Steven Lamby and his wife Gail of Diamond Point, NY

His paternal grandmother; Jeanette Chaput of Hudson;

His in-laws; Joseph Hamelin and his wife Mary of Groton, MA

Two sisters-in-law; Susan Hamelin of Brighton, MA and Stephanie Hamelin of Groton, MA

A nephew; Brendan Lamby

A niece; Gianna Lamby

Countless aunts, uncles and cousins

Of all his life’s blessings, Dereck considered his family his greatest treasure, often quoting these words from a favorite song: “Always remember there is nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name”.

SERVICES: Visiting hours will be held on Friday, August 24, 2012 from 4 PM to 8 PM in the Anctil-Rochette & Son Funeral Home, 21 Kinsley St., Nashua, NH.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of Grace, 28 Tarbell St., Pepperell, MA. Everyone is invited to meet at the Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be sent c/o Dr. Christine Hamelin-Chaput, 166 Nashua Rd., Groton, MA 01450.  These donations will be sent to a charity of the family’s choice in Dereck’s name. 

 

 

 

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Uncle Paul
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
There are so many people that would call Derek their friend with a smile. Testament to the amount of lives he touched. Peace my nephew, my friend.

Cheryl & Glen White
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
There are simply no words to express our sadness from your loss. May your memories bring you comfort and your tears grow fewer and your smiles more frequent. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

Michael Gamron and Christine Coro
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
We are so saddened at the untimely loss of our friend Dereck. Our love and sympathy go out to you all. He will always be in our hearts and our prayers.
Love,
Michael and Christine
Narragansett, RI

Mike Carney
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
Mudd, Mary, and Audra,

There are no words for something like this. I am so saddened and sorry to hear of the loss of Dereck. Yesterday, prior to hearing about Dereck’s passing, I was making deliveries in a truck at work, and was laughing and smiling to myself about a memory of Dereck. It was about six or seven years ago, and Dereck and I had met up after a couple years of not seeing each other. Like old times, we decided to grab our dirt bikes and hit the “pit” one summer afternoon/evening. He picked me up, and we loaded my bike onto the trailer and took off.

While riding at the “pit” Dereck and I were engaged in a classic game of “follow the leader” him being ahead of me of course. Both of us trying our best to either gain ground on the other, or lose the other around the track, all the while avoiding whatever hazard we came upon (i.e. couches, bullet hole ridden propane tanks, a flipped over car).

At the end of the night, we were talking and got into some sort of dare match. We both tried to climb this hill that was too steep and made of rocks and bark mulch. Whoever did not make it would have to take a lap in the nude wearing only boots and a helmet. Both of us laughing at our idea, we decided to go for it. Both of us failed miserably. I watched Dereck approach the hill on his bike, throttle it as much as he could while leaning forward on the front fork, fly about halfway up, jump off the bike and tumble back towards the ground laughing hysterically. So like a true man, Dereck lived up to his end of the bargain.

I was sitting on my bike and just listening to the sounds of Dereck’s dirt bike making its corners around the track. All the sudden a blur consisting of naked Dereck with just boots and a helmet on came into my vision and flew by me. I could swear I could hear him laughing as hard as he could. When he finished, it was my turn and I am sure he was laughing at the sight.

That is just one of many memories I will hold near and dear to my heart. Dereck was always smiles. He was a lot of fun and a great childhood and young adulthood friend to grow up with. I am sure all of you can think of a time you spent with Dereck and just smile and laugh.

Sincerely,

Michael Carney

Christine Raiche
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
May you find peace in the wonderful memories you have shared with your husband, son, grandson, nephew and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the time of deep sorrow.

Warmly,

~Christine~

Heidi Andersen
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
You have my heart Christine. We all love you.

Cousins Jan & Ken Boucher
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
Dear Dan & Mary:

We are so sorry in the loss of your son Dereck! It seems like life is so tentative at times like these. Please know that our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family at this difficult time! God Bless!

Love,
Your Cousins,
Jan & Ken Boucher

Gabi, Shawn, Mikey McCabe
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. Dereck was a wonderful person and we know there is not much anyone can say to comfort at this time. We love you and are thinking of you and your family. We are all here for you anytime and we are saying prayers and sending hugs your way.

Joseph Teneriello
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
May God bless you all.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Teneriello''''s

Donna Blute
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
Although it''s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. My sincere condolences, with love.

John and Cathy Brewer
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
Mud, Mary and the Chaput Family,
We can not even begin to understand the pain. Our truly heart felt condolences to all of you and the rest of the Powers clan. I can still clearly see the first time I met Dereck up in Lincoln. He had something special in that he made others feel accepted, comfortable and even warm, rarely seen in a young man. We're sorry that we will not be able to attend the services and lend our support. We will keep him in our minds and prayers.
John and Cathy

Matt Carney
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
Mary, Mudd and Audra-

I'd first like to express my deepest and most sincere condolences for the passing of Dereck. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, and I cannot express in words how sorry I am for your loss.
My memories of Dereck will always be fond and special. When we moved across the street from your family when I was 11, I was lucky enough to befriend Dereck at a unique and important time in my life. Both of us were the same age, and we were beginning our transition from adolescence into our teenage years; establishing our personalities and the foundation of the men we would become.
There was so much I envied and respected about Dereck. He glowed with confidence and charisma, always laughing loud and smiling wide. Dereck was athletic, daring and talented at whatever he put his mind to. He humbled my competitive side quickly, as I'm pretty sure he could throw a frisbee as long, hard and straight as I could...while simultaneously catching crazy air off a homemade jump on his blue junkyard bike he got from the dump. (No, this didn't actually happen but I wouldn't put it by him).
For all his talents, Dereck was also bighearted and kind. I never saw him pick on, exclude or alienate another kid. He was a popular guy in school, and I'll admit he out charmed me with the girls on a few occasions :) On top of it all, he was smart, and I'll never forget sitting in the backyard of your house on a gorgeous summer day, Dereck was reading a Steven King book while listening to Alice in Chains. I was stunned at his ability to balance his focus between the music and the novel at such a young age, maybe all that positive energy needed numerous outlets at once.
I am also lucky that many of my memories with Dereck are lucid and nostalgic. When I close my eyes I can see his bleached blonde head running around in your front yard, laughing and yelling, waving around a lacrosse stick. I can see him laughing after he got hit in the back of the head with a double A battery someone rocketed towards the front of the school bus:
"OW!!! hahaha!"
"What happened Dereck?"
"I just got hit in the head with a battery! HAHAHAH!"
"Dude didn't that hurt?"
"Kinda hahaa!"

Of course there was the time(s) we snuck out of our houses at 2 am. and went pool hopping on Patten Rd. I still don't know how we got the guts to do that. Probably his idea :)

I think a lot about my youth. It's a preoccupation I've had for a while now. I think about certain people I've met and experiences I've had and how they influenced me when I was at such an impressionable and raw age. I was lucky enough to have had Dereck in my life at that time. He was a great peer, someone to compare myself to, someone who was real to himself and the people around him. My memories with Dereck will always float in my heart, and I'm so grateful to have the ability to relive them so vividly.


Sincerely,
Matt Carney

Dr. Joe Simonson
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012

My deepest sympathy and sorrow to the entire Chaput and Powers families on your horrible loss. I fondly remember Dereck playing goal for Mud at Conway Arena when he was in college. His enthusiasm and love for life was so evident!!I He stood on his head to block pucks, and remembered every detail after the game! Mud and I first played parking lot hockey in first grade at Infant Jesus School. Dereck reminded me so much of his Dad! My prayers are with all of you! I wish so much that I could express these feelings in person, but I am away until Sept. 1. Joe Simonson

Dave Lavoie
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mary & Dan,

I can't imagine the heartbreak that you are feeling. I trust that your large family is helping you through this time.

Dereck was only 2 days older than my own son.

You will be in my thoughts & prayers,
Dave Lavoie
Bow NH


Chris Bishop
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mud and family,

My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Please execpt my condolences in the loss of Dereck. He definaletly was brought up by u both. His kindness and willingness to help is what i will remember the most. ......chris

Ed Zalneraitis
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Dear Christine and Caput family,

I can only imagine how such a sudden and incomprehensible loss weighs on each of you at this time. I only knew of Dereck as Christine's husband, but he made her happy, and for that I will always be grateful. Christine is very special to us, so anyone who made her life better must have been very special as well. With time, I hope your sense of loss will be replaced by wonderful memories of Dereck and all of ways in which he touched Christine's life and the lives of others close to him.

With my thoughts and prayers,

Ed Zalneraitis
Pediatric Residency

Mark, Pam, Josh and Evan Roy
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mud and Mary,
Our hearts broke when we heard the news and we can't imagine the grief and despair you must be feeling… It seems like yesterday that Dereck was a teenager, working on his Jeep, riding his dirt bike and playing hockey. We will always remember the joy Dereck had for life and what a wonderful young man he was. Pam and I both agree we couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor and role model teenage son to live next to when we were a young family. I still get a get a laugh remembering when Dereck helped Josh learn to ride on the Yamaha 80 fat wheel in our back yard. It all just seems like yesterday… Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mark, Pam, Josh and Evan Roy
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mud and Mary,
Our hearts broke when we heard the news and we can''t imagine the grief and despair you must be feeling… It seems like yesterday that Dereck was a teenager, working on his Jeep, riding his dirt bike and playing hockey. We will always remember the joy Dereck had for life and what a wonderful young man he was. Pam and I both agree we couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor and role model teenage son to live next to when we were a young family. I still get a get a laugh remembering when Dereck helped Josh learn to ride on the Yamaha 80 fat wheel in our back yard. It all just seems like yesterday… Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Chris Griffin Smith
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Too much heartache for an entire family to endure. Cherish the fond, fun and amazing memories that Dereck bought to you and everyone who was blessed to know him! I am so sorry for the loss of a kind, caring, man with such a zest for life and love! Hugs from Chris and Raymond

Aunt Lu, Uncle Al, Kyle and Kelsey
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
thanks for calling us family.

Kevin Burgess
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mud, Mary, and family,

My deepest sympathy for your loss of Dereck. I will never forget how he was always smiling when he was on the ice during goalie clinics with Eric. Someone once gave me a quote about the passing of a loved one: "I will always be with you as long as you remember me." - unknown

You are all in my thoughts and prayers,
Kevin Burgess

Jerry Aubin
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Dear Dan & Mary & Grandma Jan, We are so sorry for the loss of your (Son & Grandson) We pray to the Lord that you will somehow get through this.

Cousins
Jerry & Carol Aubin

Aunt Lu, Uncle Al, Kyle and Kelsey
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
to our godson, thanks for calling us family.

Nancy Simonton
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Dear Dan and Mary,
My deepest sympathy for the tragic loss of Derek. May the love of God surround you during this time of sorrow. Know that your friends are praying for you. Love and prayers go out to your whole family.

Gin Shear & Sue Slate
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
I only knew Dereck through his work at Twisted Throttle. He was a dynamic force and his passing represents a tremendous blow to everyone who knew him.

Having lost my brother at age 29 in a Sky Diving accident, I have some sense of what you are going through as a family. The one thing to which I could hold on to was the fact that Terry lived life large during the short span of years we had with him.

Dereck lived life large. We hope this helps cope with the shortness of this chapter of his life.

Know that though we have never met, there is this connection to you from the community at large as you grieve Dereck's passing yet celebrate his life.

Sincerely,
Sue Slate
Women's Motorcyclist Foundation

Dave Turcotte
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Mud

Sorry to hear of the loss of youre son.Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time..

Dave Turcotte
American Auto Body

Brenton Piekarski
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
May god give you the strength to make it through this difficult time. Although, I knew him only a little in high school, I know both parents raised him to live the fullest and enjoy life and love others like no other!

Barry Pontbriand
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
To Mudd and all the Chaput family,
My deepest condolences for your loss.
Words cannot express the sorrow I feel.

Barry

Kathie Griffin Hanselman
   Posted Thu August 23, 2012
Dear Dan, Mary, Christine, and the Chaput and Powers families,

Words seem inadequate to express how one feels when hearing such tragic news. I am truly sorry for your great loss of Dereck. He'll be with you all, forever in your hearts and memories.

Randy, Kathy, Scott, Kurt and Trent Mithoefer
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Dan, Mary and Audra: We are so shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of Dereck. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We all have so many happy memories of the kids growing up and having fun in the old neighborhood that will be cherished forever. Kurt's love of hockey (which ultimately also got his brothers involved) all started with Dereck - from street hockey in the neighborhood to the introduction to ice hockey. Our deepest sympathies to you all! The Mithoefers

ROGER AND JOANNE PAGEOT and the staff of RJ''''''''''''''''S
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
The lost of a child is never good .You have are sincere sympathy and condolences.Please remember all the great times you spent together. May they put a smile on your face.Dereck will be missed by all He always had a SMILE.

Henry C. Brooks and Family
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Deepest Sympathies
Henry and Beverly

Alan Raymond / Kathy Nash
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Hi Mudd,
I am so sorry for your loss. All of us that ride fell your loss.
Alan and Kathy

Richard Raye
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Mud and family,

My deepest condolences for your loss.

Words cannot express the sadness that I feel for your loss.

While I did not know your son personally, I saw him many times at the rink and the guys always said wonderful and complimentary things about him.



Richard Raye

Lauri & Howie Stephens
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Christina, Mud, Mary, and all who were close to Dereck (Chappy) our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dereck had a special gift for connecting with everyone he met. He shared his heart in a big way and he always responded to a request for help with "Yes". His exuberance for life, sprinkled liberally with his own crazy sense of good humor, would fill the room when he walked in. He lived life large and knew how to be present, squeeze all he could into each moment, and turn it into an opportunity for adventure and having fun.
Dereck’s moments with us were too few. His life, too short. We’ll miss his presence, but we will be forever grateful for knowing him. The memories of his positive energy and zest for life are his gifts to us that we will always cherish and will remain, living large in our hearts.

Lauri & Howie Stephens

Frank Stubbs and family
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Mudd and family my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Mudd I herd you speak of your son several times in the locker rooms at hockey. Seems like yesterday when you were going to his graduation at Salve Regina.
I hope that as time goes by it eases your famillies pain. My heart goes out to his wife also.

Steven, Sherry, Mark, Kyle & Caroline Feeney
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Please accept our condolences on the loss of Dereck. Dereck was an awesome kid that we were happy to have our boys look up to. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Dianne (Porter) Hemauer
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Mud, Mary and Audra
Words cannot express how sad we all feel - and for you especially. Even though in the past I have seen little of Dereck through contact with the rest of the BG friends I can see how big a person Dereck became - how much he influenced others - how handsome he was and how beautiful his new wife is. My heartfelt sympathy to all of you. I wish I was able to be there to pay my respects to all of you.
Dianne

Mark Ellis
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Derek meant a lot to so many. To everyone who was touched by his bright light. I only knew Derek for a short time, but I felt very close to him nevertheless. He had a way of making you feel like you had been friends for a long time from the moment you met him.

I only worked at Twisted Throttle for about a year in 2010. What I remember about him was just what a good person he was. Always ready to lend a hand. Always wanting to help out. Always there with a big warm smile on his face and something to make you laugh.

What a wonderful person he was! He will be greatly missed!

With deepest sympathy,

Mark Ellis

Shannon Scully Michel
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Christine and Family,

We are so, so deeply sorry to hear of your unbelievable loss. You and loved ones will be in our prayers and hearts.

Kindly,

Shannon and Eric Michel

The Gulizia''''''''''''''''s
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Mary and Mud,

We are so deeply deeply heart broken for you...please know you have been our thoughts and prayers..Dereck was such a great kid with a great family, the memories of all the hockey games and good times will always remembered by us, we miss you, we love you, God Bless you all.

Love and prayers
Donna and Derek Gulizia

Sue Dunn-Mahoney
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
Mary & Family,

My very deepest condolences to you and your family. May your love for Derek and each other along with the wonderful cherised memories of Derek get you through this terrible time.

Sue Mahoney (former co-worker of Mary''''s @ CCN)

NORM@DENISE AUBIN
   Posted Fri August 24, 2012
DEAR DAN, MARY AND CHRISTENE, OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND CONDOLENCES FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR BELOVED DERICK. MAY THE GOOD LORD CONSOLE AND COMFORT YOU NOW AND IN THE DAYS AND WEEKS AHEAD. COUSINS NORM AND DENISE AUBIN

Luke LaBonte
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
Mud and family,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family.

Paul and Linda Gagne
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
My heart is breaking for you, Christine, for your family and for Dereck's family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. God will get you through this.

John Goguen
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
Mary, Mud and Audra,

I was heartbroken for you all when I heard the news, I only got to meet Dereck a couple of times over the years but liked him from the start.
I''m sorry I missed the services, I was away and heard the news and was waiting on word when they would be.
Mud, we will talk soon I hope, please take care and know you have my deepest condolences and prayers.

John

Joel Price
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
Mud & family...Was shocked & saddened by the news of Derecks passing. That moment I heard the news brought me back to the cold Skate 3 rink many hockey nights. He was a great kid & I feel terrible for your family and his wifes'' loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Joel & Marg Price

Missy Chambliss
   Posted Sun August 26, 2012
Dear Mary and Mud (and all of the Powers family)
Whie Steve and I never personally met your son, we want to express our sincere condolences at this terrible loss to you and your family. We are thinking of you.
Love, Steve and Missy Chambliss

Mike Moreau
   Posted Mon August 27, 2012
Mudd, Mary, Christine and families

I was away last week and just heard about Dereck. I only met him a few times but was impressed with his easy going fun loving nature. He always had a smile or a laugh. I never saw him in a bad mood. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul Takesian
   Posted Tue August 28, 2012
Mary and Dan
I just wanted to pass on my deepest sympathies there are no words that can convey my thoughts about the loss of your son.

Christine Poirier
   Posted Thu August 30, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Chaput and Audra,

I’m so sorry about Dereck. I was just talking to my sister on Monday about him and mentioned how I haven’t seen him in about two years and how I missed him.

Where do I start, since the seventh grade he has been such an important person to me, even when we would go 6 months to a year without seeing each other it always felt like time had never passed. I remember in the 7th and 8th grade Jenn and Jess Martin and me would sneak out of there house and meet up with Dereck, Matt and Mike Carney, we never did anything to crazy, just sat in the driveway and contemplated going in your hot tub without you guys waking up.

At the 8th grade dance I remember all the girls crying over Dereck because we found out he was going to Bishop Gertin high school and not Merrimack high. It was quite devastating when you’re that young and everyone wanted to date him!. Luckily for me I got to enjoy his friendship even through college.

I remember the last time I saw him at your family auto shop just catching up with each other and he told me how in love he was with his then girlfriend and future wife Christine and how proud he was that she was finishing school to be a doctor, I was so happy for him to find the love of his life.

He will never be forgotten in my heart.

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