He was born in Sparta, N.Y., the son of the late Lyman and Hazel (Moffat) Derby. A resident of Sterling for 52 years, he operated dairy farms in Spencerport and Sterling until the mid 1970s. He was a wood grader for Bailey Lumber Company in Hannibal and Waterloo until his retirement in 1989.
He was a former Cub Scout leader and member of Hannibal Community Players, a member of the Fulton Ancient Order of Hibernians and an active communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Hannibal.
He chaired the church’s annual chicken and biscuit dinner for decades and volunteered his time at many other church fund-raisers.
He enjoyed woodworking and created special gifts for his family and friends.
Mr. Derby is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jean (Grapensteter) Derby; his children, Don (Bonnie) Derby of Florida, Sue (Dean) Percival of Sterling, Wayne (Mary) Derby of Georgia, Randy Derby of Florida, and William (Lori) Derby of Sterling; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son, Ronald, and his brother, Donald.
Services were held yesterday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal. Burial was private.
Arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home, Oswego.