Theodore "Bev" Derouin

Died: Sat., Sep. 8, 2018


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Sep. 15, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Sep. 15, 2018
Location: Mitchell Funeral Home

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 Theodore “Bev” Derouin, 87,  died peacefully and began the next part of his adventure on Saturday, September 8.  The youngest son of Frances Chadbourne and Emile Joseph Derouin, he was born in Easthampton, MA and lived his life in Westhampton.  

He  is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maria (Reyes) Derouin, and his four children Chiqui Netto (Kevin), Angela (Jim Liptak), Tad (Gloria) and Tony (Jennifer) who loved him deeply.  He was the much loved “Picken” to nine grandchildren, Melissa Phelan (Michael), Christopher Childs, Kevin Netto (Karissa), Lauren Grybko (Chad), Steven DeRouin, Julianne DeRouin,  and to Tom Lavinio (Daria), Chad Lavinio and Kara Donovan (BJ).  He leaves great grandchildren Meriel Phelan and Benjamin Netto who never failed to bring a smile to their Picken’s face; and Mila Lavinio and Trey, Cruz, Jax and Elle Donovan. He also leaves his  sister, Ann Boynton, who he adored, his brother-in-law Rene Reyes, sister-in-law Janet Derouin,  and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he joins his brothers Emile, Raymond and Henry “Jed” Derouin, his sister Judith Reyes and his best friend, Romaine Lambert, all of whom predeceased him.

He attended local schools and graduated from Easthampton High School where he lettered in three sports and was recognized as the senior athlete with the highest academic average. 

Devoted to his family, he taught his children about hard work, playing “fair and square” and keeping your word. He worked tirelessly at the family farm, and then for many years at Ed’s Foodland in Easthampton. He retired in 1982 from Smith College where he worked as a Security Officer. After he retired he worked part time for Netto Construction and volunteered at the Westhampton Blacksmith Museum. In addition to his family his greatest love was flying. As a young boy, he spent his time building model airplanes and as a teenager joined the Civil Air Patrol where he learned to fly and volunteered his services.  He saved all his pennies, bought an old airplane out of a Deerfield barn, and with the help of his best friend Romaine Lambert “Romie”, rebuilt it on the farm. It was “twenty four hours from bottle to throttle” and to the delight of his family (and the consternation of some of the neighbors) he’d take to the Westhampton skies as often as he could.  A man of few words, he was charming and funny. His wit and sense of humor would always make people laugh.  He will be missed every day.

We want to especially thank the staff at CareOne at Northampton  for their kindness, care and compassion as our Dad neared the end of his life on earth, especially those who never failed to bring that twinkle back into his eyes.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday September 15, from 9:30 am  to 11:00 am, immediately followed by a memorial service at the Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park Street Easthampton, MA.  Burial will follow at the Westhampton Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Westhampton Blacksmith Shop Museum, 5 Stage Road, Westhampton, MA.

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Sandra L. Pikul
   Posted Sat September 15, 2018
So very sorry to hear about your Dad. I share in your sorrow with my heartfelt condolences sent to you, your Mom and the family. He was a truly wonderful man and it was my privilege to know and had shared time with him. Think of those memories you gave each other.
Love, Sandy

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