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IN MEMORY OF MY SON 'DEREK SEAN DYSON'

OUR TRIP TO SASKATOON Nov. 29th, 2002 -DEREK'S 20TH

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OUR TRIP TO SASKATOON Nov. 29th, 2002 -DEREK'S 20TH
AERIAL TOUR - SEPT. 28, 2002
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THE PEOPLE WE MET AND THE PLACES WE VISITED

SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN RIVER NOV. 29, 2002
Flowers for DEREK Nov. 29, 2002 SASKATOON

My friend Colin outside Pita Pit Nov. 29, 2002
Last place Derek visited in Saskatoon
Mandy & Nicky
Mandy(Derek's friend) & Nicky our internet ANGEL !

Mandy spent  most of her time with us during our visit. It was so nice to finally meet her and her roommates. Derek spent time crashing at their place while he was looking for a place to live.  When Mandy heard the news of Derek she wanted to find out how to reach us - the Police wouldn't give out our number - her Mom heard of Nicky being in touch with us. Would you believe Mandy & Nicky share the same Aunt!?!? They didn't know this and had never really met - A Small World !?!?!?
 
Nicky we met on the net when Derek was reported missing. She was our link to what was happening out there. Stephanie blitzed the chat rooms - and Nicky was kind enough to help us. We call her our STOON ANGEL !! She kept us informed of the news broadcasts - even sent us a copy of the news and newspaper clippings.
On Saturday Nov. 30 we met with her, her Mom & Aunt for dinner. We wish we could have had more time together. HOPEFULLY they will come for a visit to the coast... I may be driving back out to Saskatoon in the summer with friends.
IT WAS GREAT TO MEET & SPEND TIME WITH BOTH MANDY & NICKY !!!
 

South Saskatchewan River
WE WILL ALWAYS 'LOVE YOU DEREK !!'

The 'ZOO' Night Club
Zoo Night Club

OUTSIDE OF THE 'ZOO' NIGHT CLUB NOV. 29, 2002
Derek's Co- workers

CAKE NOVEMBER 29, 2002
For YOU DEREK - WE LOVE YOU !!!

This is where we went for Derek's Birthday
 
Saskatoon Station Place
 
 

View The STATION PLACE RESTAURANT

Mike & Alona joined us for dinner at the Station. After dinner we went back to the office before going out to the Publican and the ZOO.
 
Met Nilash, Derek's co-worker/friend he was with the night of August 25. It was nice to hear all the wonderful things they ALL had to say about Derek.
 
Nilash has a son, born just before this tragedy and his middle name is 'Derek' - as Derek was a good friend to him.
 
I wish we had had more time to spend with everyone while we were there.
We will keep in touch !!!
 
I would like to say a very big 'THANK YOU' from us, for the time we did have together.

SASKATOON ARIAL
Saskatoon 2 Bridges

Broadway Bridge
Bridge we were on ......

This Bridge is the one we believe Derek would have had to cross to get from the city to his apartment he was sharing with his co-workers. As to whether he even got to the Bridge is still a mystery !?!?!?.

SASKATOON  For the most - it was a trip of need !!
 
We arrived on Thurs. Nov. 28. Once we found our hotel the 'Quality Hotel Downtown' we got ahold of Mike, Derek's boss. Mike and Alona (co-worker of Derek's) and Mandy all came to the Hotel to meet us. Mike took us out to a Greek Restaurant for dinner that evening.
 
FRIDAY NOV 29 we were picked up by Sgt. Yonkman (Investigating Officer) He drove us around Saskatoon and showed us the places Derek had been to. It was a cold but  BEAUTIFUL SUNNY DAY.
We then went out to Meewasin Park (2700 blk Spadina Drive) this is where Derek was pulled from the river. We placed a dozen roses in the river and had our time there.
Next we drove to the other side of the river to see where Derek was living at the time. It is a fair walk from where he was last seen - a good 40/45 min walk.
Sgt. Yonkman then took us to the Police station to see ALL the reports which are now in. Other than the fact Derek had consumed some beer -NOTHING else showed up in the reports. The interview with his friend from that night confirmed - DEREK WAS HAPPY !!! LIFE was good for him !!! He was moving forward. He was now an Assistant Manager and had his own team - which he was planning a road trip for.
According to Derek's work Manual he had set his goals - to have his 1st outside deal by his B-Day and then to move to Kelowna. The name of his team (they all pick a name) was VIPER ADVERTISING. (after the red Viper car that he loved!)

DEREK'S DREAM - THE 'VIPER'

What did we find out????  We found out that this is still a BIG MYSTERY to ALL... As to how Derek ended up in the river is unknown.....
One can speculate a million scenarios (Did Derek trip and Fall, Did Derek fall asleep along the rivers edge, Derek was known to have some strange accidents or Did Derek get pushed or something?? ---Did GOD just reach out and grab him!?!?!)  only GOD knows for sure !!!
His death has been classed as a Dry Drowning - which means no water in the lungs. (only 10 % of drownings are dry) As to the meaning of all this - it is said he was dead before he hit the water or a fall on the back can cause the throat to close(like knocking the wind out of oneself as described to me by one of the Coroners) or immersion into cold water, is also another description... 
As to HOW?? WHAT??? a MYSTERY !!!
The only way we will ever find out is 'IF' ANYONE SAW anything or KNOWS of anything. 
Our lives will never be the same - NO MATTER WHAT !!!
DEREK - WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO VERY MUCH !!!!!

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