DEREK TETLOW
1943 - 2020
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Derek Tetlow
December 23, 1943 - August 17, 2020

Derek Tetlow was a man of kindness, intelligence and an admirer of all things mechanical. He was born in Manchester, England, to his parents, Sidney and Edith. Derek had one brother, Sidney, who was his best friend.
Derek excelled in mathematics and thus received a full-ride scholarship to Birmingham University in England. Upon graduation with a degree in mechanical engineering, he began a temporary job in Detroit, Michigan. He met and married his first wife, Judy Symonds, with whom he had four boys: Wayne, Nicholas, Jacob and Alex.
Derek began work at General Motors, and seeing his potential, GM sponsored him in the Sloan program at Stanford where he earned his Master's Degree in Business. Several years later, Derek and his family moved to Manhattan Beach, California, and he began work at Nissan Motor Corporation as Director of Product Engineering Support.
Derek and Judy eventually divorced. A few years later, Derek met Cheryl Brown, and they married in 1985. Another son, Matthew, was born into the Tetlow clan. Life was filled with block parties on our cul-de-sac, hanging out at Sand Dune Park, and walking the Strand. Derek could always be found in his garage with neighbors dropping by to see the newest piece of furniture that he was making or the progress being made on the restoration of his MG. Weekends were often spent sailing to Emerald Bay on Catalina Island with the Corsair Yacht Club.
In 2004 and after retirement, the decision was made to move to a quieter life on Bainbridge Island, WA. Living on the island was full of new experiences that were a far cry from life in Manhattan Beach: tending a 6-acre parcel with his prized tractor, clearing paths in the forest for his daily walks, holding work parties in his 2000 sq.' workshop for the local woodworking group, and having power-outage parties when the winds brought down trees on power lines.
In 2010 Derek, a type-1 diabetic, was diagnosed with Parkinson's with dementia and then in 2013 prostate cancer. After battling these diseases for many years, Derek passed away on August 17, 2020.
Derek is survived by his wife, Cheryl; his first wife, Judy; five sons, their wives and thirteen grandchildren: Wayne and Denise with Austin, Brianna and Collette; Nick and Heather with Ben, Max, and Juliet; Jacob and Kristin with Steven, Blake, Courtney, and Dustin; Alex and Keri with Emma, Paige, and Juliet; Matthew and his fiancée, Cecilia. Derek was the patriarch of a large and close-knit family and he considered himself the most fortunate man in the world. We, his family, were blessed beyond measure to have had him in our lives.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a funeral was not held. The Michael J. Fox Foundation or The Human Brain and Spinal Fluid Resource Center at UCLA would appreciate donations.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Sep. 17, 2020.
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September 15, 2020
Derek was always a gentlemen and the calm in the storm at Nissan. God bless you, you family and rest in peace.
Dave Burrows
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