Collette Bennett Derrington (nee Sheppard)

October 12, 1947 to January 4, 2023


It is with heavy hearts we announce the sudden but peaceful passing of Collette Bennett Derrington (nee Sheppard), age 75 years, at the Health Sciences Centre on January 4th, 2023, surrounded by the love of her family.

Collette was a loving wife, mother, mother in-law, grandmother, sister and friend. Predeceased by her parents, Edward and Greta (Normore) Sheppard and mother in-law Mona (Hird) Derrington.

Leaving to mourn with warm memories her husband and best friend of 41 years Arthur; her two beloved sons Brogan (Lindsey) and Trelyn; her adored grandchildren Rowan and Lily; her loving sisters, Cheryl Skanes (Jim), Valgene Tipple (David), Sonia Power (Michael), as well her nieces and nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Sunday, January 8th from 2 – 4pm and 7 – 9pm. The funeral service will take place on Monday January 9th at 12:00pm from St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Torbay with interment to follow at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations can be made in her memory to the Health Sciences Centre or a charity of one’s choice.


A Mother’s Love

A mother’s love is like a tower rising far above the crowd,

And her smile is like the sunshine breaking through a threatening crowd.

A mother’s love is like a beacon burning bright with faith and prayer,

And through the changing scenes of life we find a haven there



2-4 p.m. on January 8, 2023

7-9 p.m. on January 8, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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12:00pm, Monday January 9th

St. Nicholas Anglican Church

10 St Nicholas Ln, Torbay


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Deepest sympathy to the family from Gary and Jeanette Brown and family

Arthur and family our condolences on Collette’s passing.
Sean and Lynn Whelan

Cheryl & Families,

We are very sorry to hear of Collette’s passing. Treasure your beautiful memories. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Cathy Boulos/David Miller

Valgene, Cheryl, and family. Our sincerest condolences on the passing of your your sister – Collette. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Betty and Bill Smith
Hammonds Plains, NS

Arthur and family. We are so very sorry to hear of Colette’s passing. A beautiful and lovely lady. It was always nice to have a chat with her at some of your neighborhood gatherings. No doubt that she will be sadly missed. May she Rest In Peace.

To the families,
My sincere condolences to you all for your tremendous loss .
I am thinking of you and wishing you peace at this time of grief
Take care of yourselves ,
Sincerely ,
Gail xo

Dear Cheryl, Valgene and Sonia and families
My heart is broken to hear of Collette’s sudden passing. I am so happy we were all able to get together this summer. Heaven gained a beautiful angel .. Her kind and and gentle heart and loving ways will always be remembered. Gosh i never got any of her beautiful dish cloths this summer. I loved that she always gave me some. . My dear cousins cherish your memories of Collette and may they provide you all with comfort during this difficuly time. . Love you cousins❤

Dear Arthur, Trelyn, Brogan , Lindsey and family, Collette was loved and respected by all who knew her . Her loss creates a huge void in the hearts of so many. May all your hearts find comfort knowing that others care and are grieving with you.. I loved the dishcloths that she always gave me when i came home to visit. The love between cousins knows no distance. . Soar with the angels my dear cousi.❤

Trelyn and Family, I have been at a loss for words. I have been thinking about our youth and how kind and loving your mom was. My deepest condolences for your loss.

Arthur, Cheryl, Valgene, Sonia and Families
We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Collette`s passing. Please know that we are thinking of you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love to you all. Art and June King (Churchill)

Arthur, Brogan and family and Trelyn . We are so sorry to here of Collette s passing . Hang on to the memories as they will help you through the difficult times. Over the past 30 plus years, she was a beautiful friend and neighbour . We will miss her dearly. Susan and Ken Powers

Uncle Arthur, Brogan and Trelyn, I wish I could be there with you during this hard time. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending my love. Aunt Collette will be deeply missed.

Arthur, So sorry for your loss. Thinking about you and your family during this very difficult time.

Dear Sonia,
I was sorry to read of the passing of your sister. My sincere sympathy to you and all your family as you mourn the loss of your loved one.

Arthur and family. We were so saddened to hear of Collette’s passing. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

To Valgene,Cheryl ,Sonia and the families.. Know that our thoughts and prayers are extended to each and everyone ….it’s so hard losing those we love so much.. May the days ahead bring comfort with the support of family and friends.. This is the link that will help you get through each and every day.. Roger and Sharon (Learning)

Dear Cheryl; I was very shocked and saddened today to learn of Collette’s passing. I remember you both fondly from our high school days, so many years ago. I also recall hearing my Mom speak of you four girls (Greta’s girls) long before we actually met in high school. I send along my most sincere sympathies to you and your sisters and to all of Collette’s family.

Sorry to learn this sad news…. I remember as a young girl playing with the Sheppard sisters when we lived on King’s Ave on Bell Island. We moved to Kelligrews when I was young but I often thought about them .in these later years. My condolences to you Cheryl, Valgene and Sonia and all of Colllette’s family. Rest in peace Collette.

Arthur, Brogan and Trelyn…
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of the passing of Collette.. My heart is aching for you all I know your Mom very well I have been doing her Manicures for the past 8 years and looked forward to our conversations as we would laugh often and talk about her family as she loved you all so very much..
Collette was a very special woman and I’m so glad I got to know her throughout the years.. My condolences to you all at this time she will surely be missed.

The Sheppard Girls, thinking of you all as you grieve the passing of your sister Collette. I fondly remember you all from many many years ago when you would be visiting your King relatives on Allandale Road. Take comfort in knowing that Collette’s gentle soul is now resting peacefully in the loving arms of our heavenly father. Until you meet again, may Collette rest in love.

Thinking of you all as you celebrate Collette’s life. May Memories & Love of Family surround you and give you Strength in the days ahead.
R.I.P. Collette. 🙏

So very sorry to hear of the sudden passing of my cousin and classmate. To her family, especially her sisters, my deepest condolences. Hold fast the memories.

Cheryl and family. So sorry to hear of Collette’s passing. Hold your memories close. Sending our condolences Jean & Howard

Arthur, Brogan, Trelyn,

I was shocked and saddened to hear of Collette’s passing. Such a beautiful person gone too soon. Keep your wonderful memories of her close to your heart during this difficult time!

Sincere condolences from Bev and Pat Nowotczynski

Dear Cheryl and Valgene and families Bob and I offer you our sy,mpath in the loss of your Mother. Let the memories carry you through the days ahead. Hugs Bob and Sandie

Arthur, Brogan and Family, Trelyn, and Sisters,

We are deeply saddened at the news of Collette’s sudden passing. Our love and prayers are with you all. We are so very grateful though, for the lovely cousins’ reunion we had this summer. It was so nice that we got to be together to reminisce, share news and make new memories. May the support of your loving families, and your own warm memories give you strength at this difficult time. God bless you all. Rest In Peace Dear Cousin.

Arthur, Trelyn , Brogan and all the family. Deepest sympathy on the death of Collette. I remember her and the three of you very fondly. She was always so pleasant., so easy to talk with. I know you are all heartbroken at her loss. Hold unto the good memories and hold unto Jesus’ promise of eternal life., for those who believe in Him. I know you were a family of faith. May Colette rest in peace and rise in glory. Canon Shirley , former Rector

Sonia and family

I am so sorry to hear of your sisters passing. I remember her well especially when the kids were small. Keep your beautiful memories close. May she Rest In Peace.

Paul and Leila

So sorry to hear about Collette’s sudden passing.. Our condolences to all of you at this sad time
Hold on to the precious memories you have with her.
She will be missed dearly by our group of neighbours and friends, the late nights and laughs
it was a pleasure knowing her.
R.I.P. Collette

Arthur, Brogan, Trelyn and family. We know words can’t take away the hurt you are feeling, but we want you to know how much we care. Sending you love and strength in this time of loss.
Dave and Regina Downton

Arthur, Brogan, Trelyn & families: So sorry to hear of Collette’s sudden but peaceful passing.. She is one of our wonderful longtime neighbours and will be thoroughly missed. R.I.P. Collette.

My sincerest condolences to all the family. Cherish all the good memories you have of her. Feel happy that she is at peace and free of pain. ❤️

There is no one in this world like your mother/Wife. She was a special woman and she will be with you always.” Our prayers are with you .

Rick and Cheryl

Most sincere condolences to family and friends from the Basles.

I have experienced her love in many ways: first as a loving mother to a dear friend of mine and second as a guest in her house. She made sure everyone was well looked after, safe, and fed.
I am very blessed to have spent some of her time on this earth in her company

Brogan, we were so saddened to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences go to you and your family at this most difficult time. May she rest in peace..