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Date of Passing: May 22, 2022

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The family of Clifford Raymond Derksen is deeply saddened to announce his passing on, May 22, 2022 at 76 years of age.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Wilma, his two children, Odia (Larry Reimer) Syras (Natasha), and his three grandchildren, Simeon, Anna, and Georgia, as well as his siblings, Ethel Arnold (Bill), Walt Derksen, (Bernice) and Leo Derksen (Sandra).
Cliff was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and grew up on a farm in north of Borden. He moved to Winnipeg in 1980.
In 2003 he established "First Impressions Janitorial Services" where he employed up to 17 staff. He retired in 2021.
In 1984 Cliff and Wilma experienced the murder of their 13-year-old daughter, Candace Wynne Derksen. He rented studio space at Clifton Studios in 2010 and began to express his pain and journey of healing and forgiveness through creating ceramic sculptures.
Cliff was predeceased by his father, Ernest G. Derksen, his mother, Mary (Bueckert) Derksen and his daughter, Candace Derksen.
Cliff, your smile, and laughter will not be forgotten. Your heart and spirit touched many people.
A celebration of Cliff's life will be held at Soul Sanctuary Church, 2050 Chevrier, on June 4, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Livestreaming will be available through the church.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Candace Derksen Fund via The Winnipeg Foundation. A fund established in 2012 that continues to support crime victim programs.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2022

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Cliff while I worked at a cleaning supply company. He was a delightful man with an easy smile. We had some good chats. We bumped into each other a few years later, he was taking a class at our local stained glass store. It was so good to catch up. I am saddened by the loss of this good man. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Thank you Cliff, for always having time to chat. - Posted by: Jodi Penner (Acquaintance ) on: May 31, 2022

  • I prayed with this man and his family for a long time. May he be reunited with his beautiful daughter. - Posted by: Janice Morin (Admirer of his strength ) on: May 28, 2022

  • I've thought of your daughter a few times and how her family was doing. We were the same age when she went missing. My heart broke for your family but now I'm sure you and Candace are together for eternity... Hugs and love to you and your family sir. And as God calls us one by one the chain will link again. - Posted by: Karen () on: May 28, 2022

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