STOCKTON SPRINGS — Derrik Kenney left us unexpectedly, at his home Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. He had been battling heart complications as a result of childhood cancer. Derrik was born in Brooks July 6, 1994. He was 27 years young.

Derrik is survived by his mother, his best friend, his biggest supporter, his “Mombo,” Carrie A. Ward, of Stockton Springs; father Roscoe E. Kenney and stepmother Jennifer M. Kenney of Brooks; grandparents Pamela J. Chase and Manley Lounder of Franklin; brothers Damien M. Ward of Winterport, Dustin E. Kenney and Joshua A. Merrill of Auburn, Neal L. Kenney and Sophie A. Landry of Brooks; sister AnnMarie Blankenship and Michael D. Grindle of Brooks;  very special friends Kent “Keith” Wyman of Stockton Springs, Robbie A. Coulombe of Verona Island and Alyssa A. Grant of Swanville; as well as many family members and great friends.

Derrik’s most recent passion came when he started working at Grow Generation in Brewer. He truly enjoyed meeting new people, sharing his knowledge and making solid friendships with everyone who walked through the door. 

From the time Derrik was born, his happiness was found outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing with his dad, his brothers and his friends. He was thankful for the times his big brother picked him up for some back road adventures. Derrik loved camping and swimming, but most of all, hanging out and sharing stories around a fire with his friends and family. He was passionate about cooking and loved to share his dishes with loved ones.

Derrik had an amazing personality that drew people to him and always had a funny story to share. He would go out of his way to make people smile. He put others first, offering help, lending a hand, even during his own struggles.  Derrik would build people up and help them see their worth. He will be remembered for his big heart, his genuine love for people and his positivity. 

A fighter, a friend, a brother, and son,

Some voids can be filled, but this isn’t one. 

You’re missed so much, beyond belief,

But knowing you’re not hurting brings some sort of relief. 

Your body was failing but your love never did,

Through good and hard times, since you were just a kid. 

Sometimes things happen and there isn’t a “why,”

None of us are prepared to accept this goodbye. 

We have to believe that this isn’t forever, 

That someday, somehow, we will be brought back together. 

Until then we wait and remember you, Dee,

Spread your angel wings, handsome, you’re finally free.

-Poem written by Alyssa A. Grant.

He was a survivor from the day he was born to his last breath, and he will be truly missed by so, so many.

There will be a celebration of life from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Edward K. Arey Community Center, 1106 River Road, Bucksport. Per the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Maine Children’s Cancer Program in Derrik’s memory: 100 Campus Drive, #107, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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