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Derek Weiler, 1968-2009 [UPDATED]


Dear Quill & Quire readers,

The entire staff of Q&Q is deeply saddened to report that our esteemed editor and friend, Derek Weiler, passed away over the weekend. The family is currently making arrangements and is requesting privacy. The obituary, which will run tomorrow in the Waterloo Region Record, follows. (NOTE: as a result of this tragic news, Q&Q Omni readers may experience an interruption in regular news service over the next few days or so.)

The Staff of Quill


1968 – 2009

Derek Xavier Weiler passed away suddenly on Sunday, April 12, 2009 at his home in Toronto at the age of 40.  Derek is survived by his cherished wife and best friend, Sari Morrison; his loving parents, Gerald and Marie Weiler; his sister and brother-in-law Marcy and Kraig Hespeler, and their children, Brynn and Eli. He is also fondly remembered  by his grandfather, Wilfred Weiler; his father and mother-in-law Bob and Sandy Morrison; brother and sister-in-law, Jamie and Jenn Morrison and their children, Robbie and Evelyn. Derek will also be sadly missed by his aunts, uncles, cousins and especially Grandma Mater, his wife’s grandmother. Derek will also be fondly missed by his many friends and colleagues. His maternal grandparents, Marc and Anne Lafleur, and his maternal grandmother, Colette Weiler, predeceased him.

Derek graduated from the University of Waterloo with Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English Literature, and from Centennial College in Toronto with a Certificate in Magazine and Book Publishing. He was the editor of Quill & Quire, the magazine of the Canadian book trade, and wrote about books for such publications as the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Driven and Chatelaine. Arrangements are incomplete and will be published in a later edition of the Waterloo Region Record.

[UPDATE] Visitations will be held on Friday, April 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., at the Henry Walser Funeral Home in Kitchener, Ontario. The funeral will follow on Saturday at 11 a.m.

  • George Murray

    My condolences to everyone there and Derek’s family. It’s such a huge loss to the community. There are few people who are as important to books and book culture in Canada than Derek. May he rest in peace.

  • David Leonard

    My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family and friends, and to the staff at Quill. Derek was a remarkable person, and his influence on our community is impossible to ignore. He was part of our personal and professional lives, and we will all miss him dearly. </3

  • Trevor Grace

    Derek was one of the finest people I’ve known. I’ll miss him forever. Condolences to all his friends and family.

  • Sarah

    What shocking, horrible, devastating news. Derek was a good guy, a class act, a great editor and always a pleasure to work with and write for, and I cannot imagine how he will be replaced. R.I.P.

  • Teva Harrison

    What deep loss for all of us. An emptiness where a spectacular person just was, last time I looked. I’m stunned and deeply saddened. Deepest sympathy to his family and to all of you.

  • Ali Pennels

    This is devastating news. Derek was a dear and a special person who always had a kind word and a smile for everyone he encountered. God bless you Derek, I will miss you.

  • Julie Wilson

    My thoughts are with Derek’s family, and the Quill crew. Derek was a truly lovely man. His absence will be felt.

  • Rani Sheen

    This is so terribly sad, my thoughts are with Derek’s family and friends, and he will be so fondly remembered in the journalism world.

  • Amy Lavender Harris

    Such a terrible loss to the literary community. Deepest sympathies to Derek’s family, Q&Q staff and to everyone else grieving his death.

  • Chris Reed

    Deepest sympathies to the Weiler family and his friends and colleagues at Quill. Derek was more than just a beloved champion of indie publishing in Canada. He was a ray of light in a tempestuous industry.

  • Alison McGill

    My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family and friends. He was a wonderful person, a talented and smart editor and an esteemed colleague at SJM. He will be greatly missed.

  • Jacob

    Such sad news. I’ll remember Derek fondly as the best and most generous mentor an intern could hope to have.

  • Stephanie Fysh

    My condolences to Derek’s co-workers, friends, and especially family, as an industry colleague and as a fellow 1980s WCI Viking and UofW English grad. There isn’t a single one of us in this industry who doesn’t feel his loss keenly today — and we’re just a few among the many who do.

  • Shaun Smith

    This is tragic news. My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family, friends and colleagues.

  • Gerald Hannon

    We never met, and worked together only once, on the Ann Michaels piece. He was supportive, encouraging, acerbic (when necessary), smart (all the time) and fun. I was looking forward to working with him again. My condolences to family, friends and fans.

  • Michael Bryson

    Deepest sympathies to the family and the Q&Q staff. A class act, a nice guy, a leader, a reviewer with interesting and sensitive things to say. A Captain of the industry. He will be missed and remembered. To those who knew him best, peace and remembrance.

  • Morgan Cowie

    I am so sorry and so sad to say goodbye to Derek. He was a good person and a good editor – he will be missed tremendously.

  • Nadine

    My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family and co-workers! I worked in the same offices as Derek for many years and he was always kind, gentle and friendly. He will be greatly missed!

  • J Whittaker

    Truly heartfelt condolences to Derek’s family, friends and colleagues at the Quill and Quire.

  • June Dickenson

    As so many have already stated so eloquently, Derek was a wonderful person, who did so much for Canadian writers and publishers. My heart goes out to Derek’s family, and to everyone at Quill and St. Joseph’s media. Derek will be sadly missed.

  • Deanna

    Deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his friends and family.

  • Alex Bozikovic

    What a shock. My deepest condolences to you all at Quill and to Derek’s family and friends.

  • Doug Pepper

    I speak for everyone at M&S in passing on condolences to Derek’s family. He was a lovely man and a champion of Canadian literature.

  • John W. MacDonald

    My heart and my sincere condolences goes out Derek’s family and Quill & Quire family at this moment.

  • Christopher Butcher

    Our condolences to Derek’s friends and family. He was always a wonderfully supportive person to work with, and he’ll definitely be missed.

  • Ken Hunt

    So sorry to hear about Derek’s death. Thinking about all of my friends, past and present at Quill and St. Joe’s.

  • Fateema Sayani

    I worked with him once and through that experience found him to be an excellent editor and coach. I enjoyed seeing his influence throughout Q&Q – the reviews were always concise and thoughtful, while the features showed great depth and reportage. He will be missed.

  • Lisa

    Very saddened to hear this news. Blessings and prayers to Derek’s family, and all his friends and workmates.

  • Mary Nersessian

    Derek was a thoughtful, considerate editor who always presented me with thought-provoking challenges and made my writing that much better.
    I was shocked to hear he had passed and he and his family will be in my thoughts. Derek will be missed.

  • selina

    Such sad, shocking news. I’ll miss him.

  • David Caron

    Wow, my heart goes out to Derek’s family, the Q&Q stuff, and all of us in the book industry! Derek was always thought-provoking, and took the Quill in bold directions, while keeping his eye on what mattered. And along the way, he was a great guy. We’ll ne’er see the likes of him.

  • Richard Bachmann

    In times when every day’s paper reiterates horrible news, I find reading of Derek’s death truly shocking, almost unbelievable. My symapthy to his family and close friends and my shared sorrow with those in the book trade.

  • Jen Reynolds

    I am so sad to hear this news and will miss his thoughtful insights and warm smiles in the office. Sincere condolences to Derek’s family and the Quill & Quire team.

  • Alex Schultz

    My most hearfelt sympathies to Derek’s family, friends, and colleagues.

  • Stephen Myers

    This is shocking and terrible news. Condolences to Derek’s family. He was a great guy and I’m pleased to have known him.

  • Russell Smith

    Derek was a sensitive and intelligent critic of literature, and a positive force in Canada. He will be missed.

  • Brian Lam

    Such sad news. Derek was a friend to all in the industry, and cared deeply about it. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and coworkers at Quill.

  • Karen Hammond

    My heartfelt condolences to Derek’s family. Derek was a gifted writer and editor who challenged us all to do our best work. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with him.

  • Inderjit Deogun

    My deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Derek Weiler.

  • angel guerra

    Such cruel news. God bless you Derek.

  • Joe Clark

    I am sorry Derek Weiler’s life ended this way. (Note the difference in sense between “died suddenly” and “died unexpectedly” as used in obituaries. The latter refers to accidents and the like.)

  • Barb Scott

    I am in complete shock. My condolences to Derek’s immediate and extended family as well as his colleagues, especially those at Quill and Quire. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

  • Alec Scott

    My condolences to Derek’s family and colleagues. I wrote a couple of pieces for him, which he did an excellent job of editing. He will be missed.

  • Jennifer Gruden

    My sincerest condolences to his family and colleagues. He will be missed.

  • The staff of Ottawa Magazine and Ottawa Where

    Our sincerest condolences to his wife, family and colleagues

  • Linda Granfield

    My sincere condolences to Derek’s family and Quill colleagues. Derek’s smile, his savvy, spunky editorial style, and his support of Canadian books will be missed.

  • Stephen Knight

    This is sad and shocking news. Derek’s spirit and kindness are as generous as his wit is sharp. I will miss running into you on Queen Street East. May those around you be inspired by your example of a life, though unjustly brief, well lived.

  • Alex Good

    My condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.

  • Ami McKay

    My heart is sad to hear the news. I send my condolences to Derek’s entire family and to all at Q&Q. He was always warm and welcoming to me and I feel so fortunate to have known him.

  • Colleen Kitts

    If his death feels like a kick in the gut to me, I can only imagine how it feels to Derek’s family, friends and colleagues. Deepest condolences to all and a heartfelt wish that he’s at peace.

  • Linda Leith

    This is such sad and shocking news. All of us here at Blue Metropolis in Montreal send condolences to Derek’s family and friends.

  • Chris Mara

    Derek and I were best friends as children, during that tender “Stand by Me” time of life. We traded comics, read Stephen King, recorded his dad’s Elvis records on cassette in mono by holding a microphone to the speakers, were cub scouts and altar boys together. Derek was a great person to the core. And a great friend. My condolences to Derek’s family and friends. I miss him and am in shock.

  • Amy Logan Holmes

    Absolutely shocking news. My deepest condolences to Derek’s family. He was such a bright light and he will be deeply missed.

  • Judy Brunsek

    What sad news. My deepest sympathies to his wife and other family as well as his Q&Q colleagues.

  • Staff of pages Books & Magazines

    Derek was a familiar and welcome presence at Pages. He always had something upbeat to say, even if the TINARS event the previous evening proved to be a ‘learning experience’. Derek had a deep passion for books and the community surrounding them. Our condolences to his family. We already miss him.

  • MD Dunn

    My condolences to Derek’s family and to the folks at Q&Q. Derek’s death is a tremendous loss to all of us.

  • Heather Calder

    I hung out with Derek as part of the Imprint gang at UW, and watched his successes with a kind of pride. He was always the most articulate person I knew at school; the fact that he went on to write about books and publishing with such skill and passion just made sense to me. I haven’t seen him since those days, but send my condolences to those who are close to him now.

  • Kitty Lewis

    Such sad news. Farewell, Derek.

  • Kenneth J. Harvey

    What terribly sad news. Derek was a kind and wonderful man. I was always very pleased to see him and I will always remember him with great fondness. To Derek’s family and everyone at Quill & Quire: I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Micah Toub

    Derek was truly one of the warmest, kindest people I have known. And, wicked sense of humour – I always loved to get him laughing, which he did easily and with vigour. He assigned me my first article pretty much out of the blue and was a great editor. And friend. It’s a very sad loss, but his professional integrity and loving nature remain an inspiration.

  • Corey Redekop

    Derek was a truly nice person, and his passion for his job and Canadian literature was infectious and vibrant. The world could use more people like him.

  • Saffron Beckwith

    What a tremendous loss. God bless to Derek and his family.

  • Bert Archer

    There aren’t a lot of people who get to devote their lives to thinking, writing and partying about books. I hope his family and friends can take some comfort in the fact that Derek got to be one of them. I’m not sure what sort of consolation that might be, but it’s something, and it’s good.

  • Kevin Harper

    I only had the opportunity to speak with Derek a few times over his all too brief tenure at the Quill & I was always impressed with his intelligence, good humour & gentle affability. In an industry beseiged by change & mired in a seemingly endless round of survival mode he brought a welcome sense of calm & informed insight much more mature than his years.
    He will be sorely missed & our heartfelt condolences to his family & co-workers.

  • Camilla Gibb

    This is shocking and so terribly sad. He did so much, engaged with so many of us, that his loss will be broadly and deeply felt. My heart goes out to Derek’s family and colleagues.

  • Wade Ivan

    My sympathies to Derek’s wife, family, friends and colleagues. He brought deep caring, wit, insight and dedication to our industry and will be dearly missed.

  • Devin Crawley

    Derek and I were pod mates at Quill for a few years; he the ever-generous, insightful and whip-smart news editor, I the earnest, well-meaning but unbrilliant staff writer. There were many more parts to Derek than you could see behind the funny sweetness he showed everyone. I heard one of those parts emerge nearly every day around 5 p.m., when an always interesting gammut of music started softly to emerge from his Macintosh. This was how he got himself through another few hours clarifying structure and tightening sentences. Derek, thank you for all you taught me, journalistically and otherwise.

  • Chadwick Ginther

    My condolences to all of Derek’s friends and family.

  • Dory Cerny

    I am stunned and heartbroken by the news of Derek’s passing. He was a great editor and a wonderful support, offering his experience, wisdom and encouragement with generosity. My deepest condolences to his family and the gang at Q&Q. Derek, you will be greatly, greatly missed.

  • Elaine Ostry

    I am so sorry to hear of Derek’s passing. I knew him through our mutual dear friend Erin. We were in a book club together many years ago, and I always enjoyed talking with him. Sari, if you read this, know that I am thinking of you. He will be missed.

  • Denise Anderson

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Derek’s sudden passing. On behalf of everyone at Scholastic Canada, I pass on our sympathy to his colleagues and family.

  • Maray Soderstrom

    Please extend my sincere condolences to Derek’s family, and to his colleagues at work. He was a gentleman, and it was a privilege to work with him.


  • Lynn Henry

    All of us at Anansi are terribly saddened by this news. I admired Derek’s lovely combination of intelligence, calm, wit, and kindness. We will miss him.

  • Scott Bradley

    i was sad to hear the news of derek’s passing. he was such a great guy with such a great sense of humour. my condolences to his family and friends.

  • Suzanne Norman

    We are so very sad to hear this terrible news. We at the SFU Summer Publishing Workshops will certainly miss his insight into, and his dedication and commitment to the publishing industry. Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues.

  • Stephen Clare

    All of us here on the East Coast are terribly saddened by the news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Derek’s family and friends and those he worked with at Q&Q ~ we are certainly the lesser without him.

  • Scott Anderson

    Such sad news! I had the good fortune to work with Derek for five years at Q&Q. He was a thoughtful writer and gentle, judicious editor who taught me a lot about taking care with other people’s words. He also had a keen sense of humour and a loud, carefree laugh, which brought a smile to my face every time I heard it. We shared a passion for indie rock, and the CDs he made me when I left Q&Q — a kind of capsule history of intriguing and offbeat artists from the past 30 years — are a treasured part of my music collection. Sadly, I don’t think I ever told him that. My deepest condolences to Sari and his family and all of his friends in the book biz.

  • David Worsley

    This is such sad news.
    I only spoke to Derek a few times, but he was a class act and I always felt his was one of the steadiest voices in the tumult of Canadian publishing and bookselling.
    He will be missed deeply by everyone who knew and read him.
    On behalf of Words Worth Books, our most sincere condolences to his family.

  • Simon Ware

    How saddened I was to hear such tragic news. A truly caring and thoughtful person, Derek will be missed tremendously by all who knew him. My deepest sympathies to family and friends of a great man.

  • max

    i read that derek had some continuing health problems, but i never noticed or even had an inkling. people i know who get a clean bill of health year after year hardly ever smile as nicely and incessantly as he did. only a pretty awesome person could do what he did.

  • Dan Rowe

    This is such incredibly sad news. Derek was so funny, smart, fair, talented, and caring. Working for him was an amazing experience. I learned so much from Derek. And I have so many wonderful memories of him, especially from the Quill staff’s pet story- and cake-filled birthday celebrations and during production week dinners when Derek’s sense of humour made the long days of proofing enjoyable. My deepest condolences to Derek’s family and the whole Quill crew.

  • Ian Coutts

    Derek was a great guy. I was honoured to have him as my editor. My condolences to his family.

  • Morley Walker

    What terrible news! My condolences to Derek’s wife, family, friends and colleagues. Quill & Quire continued to improve under Derek’s editorial guidance. The Canadian publishing industry is poorer today.

  • Paul Spendlove

    During my time writing for Quill, I learned a lot from Derek’s sure-handed editing, and will always appreciate his kindness and his sense of humour. I feel fortunate to have known him and worked with him. My condolences to his family and to the staff of Q&Q.

  • Bryan Jay Ibeas

    There are very few in life who you can tell – within five minutes of meeting them – are good people. Derek Weiler was one of them.

    At a time when I was feeling most adrift, Derek was one of the only people who not only encouraged me, but was willing to give me an opportunity. For that he has my eternal gratitude. Condolences to his family, and to the many more who love him.

  • Lindsey Love

    Derek took it upon himself to see that I was properly initiated as an intern when I luckily landed at Q&Q, fresh out of school. For those of you who know what I’m referring to (ahem), you’ll know that it was an experience I will never forget…though God knows I’ve tried. I will always be grateful to him for making any and everything I wrote sound so much smarter than I am or ever will be. His humour, friendship, and genius way with words will be sorely, sorely missed. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and colleagues. xox.

  • Patti McCabe

    Absolutely shocking and so sad. My deepest condolences to Derek’s family and everyone at Q&Q. What a terrible loss. Derek was kind and quiet and one of the few members of the media who always called back, even if his answer was no. It may seem like a small thing but it spoke volumes of his consideration in this fast paced world. Peace Derek and may heaven be filled with all of your favourite books.

  • Cheri Hanson

    What devastating news. Derek was a sharp, generous editor and such a kind person. I was lucky to work with him. My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

  • Laura Beeby

    I was a classmate of Derek’s publishing program. An incredibly nice person, intelligent, with a great sense of humour. I was confident that he would go on to great things after graduation, and I was so proud of what he accomplished.
    This is just so shocking…I extend my sincerest sympathy to Derek’s family and friends.

  • Phillip Chee

    It was with sadness this morning that I learned of Derek’s passing. I crossed paths with him at the University of Waterloo while working at the Imprint. He was a kind, young man with a sharp wit as evidenced by his writing. I always read his articles and reviews with pleasure and I credit him with opening my ears to a broader range off musical styles. My sincerest sympathies to his wife, family and friends.

  • Susan Linton

    My deepest sympathy to Derek’s family and all at Quill & Quire. Such a loss.

  • Ingrid

    I can’t believe I won’t see Derek’s shy smile at publishing events. He was a lovely person – a true gentleman – and his passing has left a large hole in the industry fabric. My deepest sympathies to Derek’s family.

  • Ross McKie

    My deepest condolences to Derek’s family. Derek was one of the kindest people I have met. I will never forget the laughs we shared and our talks of books. Blessings.

  • Marilyn Gear Pilling

    My heartfelt sympathies to all of you at Quill and Quire and to Derek’s family. What a shocking and very sad loss, to all of you personally, and to Canadian letters.

  • Albert Tan

    I’ve known Derek since his (brief) days at the ACP (which are far enough back that I can’t exactly remember when those were), but he was always kind and fair, whip-smart and sincere. Plus, he was way funnier than you’d have thought. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues – he will be missed.

  • Gwen Smith

    So sad to hear. My heartfelt condolences to Derek’s wife and family, and his Q&Q family.

  • Marc Glassman

    Such tragic news! Derek was “full value,” as the Brits would say, offering insights and precise, interesting comments about whatever event was occurring. He was a generous presence at a number of our This is not a Reading Series events, someone whose conversation was always enjoyable. He will be missed.

  • Bryony Lewicki

    Derek was a generous and supportive editor, and I will always be grateful for the time I spent working with him. As an intern just starting out, I could not have asked for better. My heart goes out to his family and friends and to everyone at Quill.

  • Tom

    Such a loss for Canaidan publishing, family and friends. Truly Derek will be missed and the void most difficult to fill.

  • Charlotte Gill

    So young, too soon. Derek did so much for writers and readers in ways we’ll only now come to understand. Sincerest condolences to those who will miss him most.

  • Cassandra Drudi

    Such devastating news. Derek was a terrifically kind and encouraging editor, especially to someone just starting out. My thoughts and condolences go out to Derek’s family and everyone at Quill.

  • Iris Tupholme

    We were shocked to hear this very sad news. I will miss Derek’s kindness and devotion to writers and their books. My heart goes out to Derek’s family.

  • Sarah Ramsey

    What a terrible loss to our community. Derek will be greatly missed! My sincere condolences to his family, friends and the staff of the Q&Q.

  • Kathleen McGinnis

    I admired Derek Weiler’s work at Q&Q very much, and regretted that my days at the magazine ended just before his began. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, his friends, and his colleagues. May he rest in peace.

  • David Davidar

    All of us at Penguin offer our deepest condolences to Derek’s family and his colleagues at Q&Q. He will be greatly missed.

  • Marc Côté

    Heartfelt sympathies to Sari, Derek’s family, and his colleagues at Q&Q. He ennobled this industry when he wrote about it, and through the years he edited Quill. He was serious, without being earnest, and he had a wicked sense of irony — which he could spot a kilometre away. He had my admiration and respect, and he holds them still.

  • Sean Flinn

    My heart goes out to each and every one of Derek’s family members, friends and colleagues at Q&Q.

    I was fortunate enough to have worked for Derek on a few occasions in the past and his depth of knowledge, professionalism and support for ideas was much appreciated. I’d bet that many writers from across the country felt not just edited, but mentored by Derek. And all this came through – mediated – by email, across distance.

    Among many other things, a guy like Derek Weiler leaves a great legacy of ideas, thought. This counts for a great deal.

    Sean Flinn, Halifax, N.S.

  • John Hymers

    Saying bye to great friends is heartbreaking. I’ll miss you, dude.

  • David Roxborough

    Having worked beside Derek at Q&Q for a short while several years ago, I can say I remember him as a genuine, kind, and intelligent person, with a great sense of humour. It was simply a pleasure to work alongside him. I extend my sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  • Jack David

    I remember Derek coming around at BEA, plunking himself in an unoccupied chair, and gossipping furiously about what he had gleaned from his travels in the aisles. I tried my best to add to his collection. Any rumour I heard, I passed on to Derek to track down. He was relentless. And fearless.

  • Charlotte Gray

    Derek Weiler infused Q & Q with his love of literature, wit, respect for quality and belief in Canadian writers. This is an awful loss, and I send heartfelt sympathies to his wife, family and colleagues.

  • Katja Pantzar

    What a shocking and sad piece of news, my condolences go out to his friends, family, co-workers and all of the people whose lives he touched. Years and years ago when I worked at Q&Q, Derek gave me some excellent advice that I have never forgotten.

  • susan

    Derek was such a lovely man, and will be deeply missed. My profound sympathy to his family.

  • New Star Books

    Our condolences to Derek’s family and work family.

  • Rowland Lorimer

    Shocking and deeply saddening says it. Derek made a great contribution to Canadian book publishing and we at the CCSP will sorely miss him. My condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • WLU Press

    Condolences from Wilfrid Laurier University Press to Derek’s family, friends, and colleagues. Derek was always a pleasure to work with and will be missed.

  • Susan Chamberlain

    I was shocked and saddened to hear this awful news. Although I did not know Derek personally, he was a part of our day to day “book world” in the indie bookstore. He will be missed. On behalf of The Book Keeper bookstore I offer condolences to his colleagues and especially to his family.

  • Doug Minett

    What a delightful man. We have been so lucky to have someone like Derek to tell our stories. Condolences to all who knew him – his family most of all.

  • Tricia Siemens/Chuck Erion

    Derek used to haunt Words Worth Books when he was a student at UW and an editor at Imprint. We had great talks with him about books and publishing. We were always delighted to see where he went in the book industry. Derek’s keen insight on our world was a great contribution. He was smart, he was dedicated, he was too young… We are all reeling with this news. Our sympathies to his family and to his colleagues at Quill and Quire.

  • Jamie Boradhurst

    The long and ever growing list of condolences speaks to the genuine affection with which Derek has been held by the book community across Canada. He will be missed by all at Raincoast and we extend our deepest sympathies to his colleagues and family.

  • Nancy Frater

    Derek will certainly be missed. We all felt we had a little part of him when
    we opened the pages of Quill and Quire. He always had his finger on the
    pulse of the book industry. May his family and friends be sustained by good
    memories at this time. Please know that we all hold you in our thoughts.

  • Cheryl Kaye Tardif

    I am so sorry to hear of Derek’s passing, and at such a young age. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends, and of course the entire Q&Q family. Derek was an icon in the Canadian book industry and I know he will be greatly missed.

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    Canadian author

  • Eleanor LeFave

    ” Each of the animals had a special memory of Badger- something he had taught them that they could now do extremely well. He had given them a parting gift to treasure always. Using these gifts they would be able to help each other.”
    by Susan Varley from BADGER’S PARTING GIFTS
    with condolences from all of us at Mabel’s Fables.

  • Loraine Taylor

    As Montaigne so ably put it
    “The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.”
    Derek is gone too soon but has already touched the lives of so many people. Deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

  • Hal Wake

    Under the leadership of Derek, Quill & Quire grew as an illuminating, insightful source about books and the industry. All of us at the Vancouver International Writers Festival are sorry for the loss, especially to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Kim McArthur

    All of us at McArthur & Company send our condolences to Derek’s family, friends and colleagues at the Quill & Quire. He was so interested in authors, books, music and the publishing industry, and we turned to his column first every month. Such a sad loss, but we in the industry are better for having known him and had him as the editor of the Quill. Heartfelt sympathies to all.

  • Stephen Finucan

    It was with great sadness that I heard the news of Derek’s passing. I met him on only a few occasions, but on each I was struck by his warmth and intelligence. My deepest symapthy to his family and friends.

  • David Lee

    Derek Weiler’s erudition and enthusiasm gave Q&Q a much-needed vitality and propelled the magazine into a dynamic role in Canadian publishing. It is a tragedy that anyone should pass away so young, but Derek will be especially missed by Canada’s writers and publishers.

  • Writing and Publishing Section, Canada Council for the Arts

    We will greatly miss Derek’s insightful commentary on Canadian writing and publishing. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  • Christopher Smith

    It is with great shock that I read of Derek’s death. May I echo all of the condolences and tributes posted. The loss of Derek to family, friends and colleagues is immense.

  • Suri Weinberg-Linsky

    A huge loss for the industry and of course his family and friends. I didn’t not know him personally but his column and insight was something I looked forward to in every issue of the Q&Q — it will be missed. My deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Book Publishers Association of Alberta

    From all at the BPAA, our condolences go to Derek’s family, friends and loved ones. His insights and presence will be sorely missed.

  • Anna O’Grady

    Thursday, 16th of April, 2009
    Sydney, Australia

    I just got to the office and found this message passed on to me by one of my friends in Canada. I am really shocked and saddened. It will be hard to imagine this industry without Derek’s tall siloutte and his quiet, thoughtful and unassiming demeanour and his passion for the written word. I know it will be a big loss not to just Quill and Quire but for the whole industry.

    My thoughts are with you,

    Anna O’Grady
    (formery HDS Retail North America)

  • Gordon Morash

    My condolences to Derek’s family, friends and colleagues. Here in the hinterlands of Alberta, I have been privileged to work with him as a Q&Q correspondent. Derek’s adroit skill at editing to a writer at a distance somehow narrowed the space between us. I will miss him.

  • Carleen

    Ever since I first met him at WCI so long ago, Derek’s passion for words, music and ideas shone…no, I’m wrong – BLAZED, white hot. I would like to say that he showed us “the Other”…other things we kids had never thought of. Thank you Derek. To Sari, his family, friends and colleagues, I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.

  • margie wolfe

    What a sweet, funny guy he was. Great at his job and truly a champion of good books and good publishers. We at Second Story will miss him.


  • patricia

    I never met him, but I always appreciated his fine work in Q&Q. I feel cheated, not being fortunate enough to have gotten to know him – it’s truly overwhelming, how he has touched so many people’s lives. A beautiful life, which has ended much too soon.

  • Carolyn Swayze

    Derek treated all with respect, care and kindness. I was always heartened to know that we had such a person intimately involved in our literary community. His death is a great loss.

  • Zachariah Wells

    I’m so sad to hear this. My condolences to all of Derek’s friends and his family.

  • Annie McClelland

    All of us at the Book and Periodical Council send our deepest sympathies to Derek’s wife and family and all his friends and colleagues at Quill & Quire.
    What a terrible loss. He will be greatly missed.

  • Cary Fagan

    How very, very sad. Derek was a sweet guy and he cared about what he did. He’s leaving a palpable space in the book world. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Lauren B. Davis

    I am so sorry to hear of Derek’s passing. What an enormous loss to his friends, his family, and to everyone in the literary community. I will greatly miss his thoughtful and perceptive commentaries. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones.

  • Kathryn Wardropper

    The tributes from family and friends at Derek’s memorial service today were thoughtful and true of a young man who lived a short but gratifying life. He leaves behind a great vacancy and legacy. Blessings to his family, friends and colleagues.

  • Kevin Connolly

    This is very tough to swallow. I worked with Derek at eye and I was always impressed with his character, his work, his kindness and professionalism. I can only imagine how much this hurts those closest to him. Love to them first, as he would have it.


  • Deborah Rush

    I had the honour and privilege to know Derek for many years. He was a champion of the small press and always made time for our projects. He knew where to find the best pad thai and I will miss our annual lunches. Our community has lost a erudite gentleman. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be missed.

  • Jill Bryant

    I am very, very sorry to hear about Derek Weiler. The news was such a shock. I first met him in a 17th Century Poetry class at the U. of W. He was quiet and sat in the back, but when he offered comments, they were sage and thought-provoking. I liked following his career, and was impressed with his accomplishments at Quill. I used to enjoy chatting with him at publishing events. I haven’t seen him for about 10 years, during the time I was living outside Ontario, but I looked forward to seeing him again, of course. What a sad time for the book publishing community in Canada!

    My deepest condolences to the staff at Quill, and most of all his dear family.

  • Diane Martin

    Sincere condolences to all the staff at Q&Q, who clearly thought the world of Derek, and to his family who have begun the long process of learning to live without him.


  • Anne Fleming

    Oh, how sad this makes me. We used to meet coming and going from CKMS campus radio at Waterloo. What capable hands Quill was in. What a loss. For all of us, yes, but most especially for his friends and family.

  • Michael Carroll

    I never got to know Derek as well as I would have liked. We had many hit-and-run conversations over the year, all of them leaving me wanting more. His passion for books was amazing, the gentleness of his soul truly awesome. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

  • Robert J. Sawyer

    Derek was a terrific guy — super-nice, super-bright, super-passionate about books. He’ll be sorely missed. My condolences to his family.

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