Derek Hutchinson will be missed by many of us.
Derek passed away on Oct. 10th 2012 and I heard a very few hours later.
He was one of the most amazing men. Frustrating, exciting and always interesting and most important to me, a friend of mine. He will be missed.
I will always remember the dinners together when Derek would tell the waitress that he was allergic to greens and not accept anything on his plate that was remotely healthy. I remember the time we were flying to a trade show together and we both had laughing fits that lasted about 20 minutes. The good stuff and the other stuff that went along with being a friend of Derek’s is what I remember. I enjoyed them all and will miss Derek.
I was lucky enough to have visited Derek in June when I was kayaking in the Scottish Hebrides and I drove to visit Derek at his home and even in poor health, we went out to the local pub and had dinner and a beer – it is a very good memory and one I am so glad I have.
Derek’s fight with cancer was a long one and I know he fought it all the way.
The below image is on of the many art pieces that Derek did as a figurehead for his famous Gulfstream kayak. This image is of a Dolphin and mermaid to represent the Gulfstream current that joins Europe and North America, to symbolize the collaboration of ours to produce his design in North America.