Derek J. Santos

November 3rd, 2020

Derek J. Santos, age 25, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away unexpectedly on November 1, 2020.

Derek was born in Stoneham, MA, on September 20, 1995; he was the cherished son of Darcey (Burmeister) Santos and Manuel “George” Santos of Wilmington. Derek was raised and educated in Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington High School with the Class of 2015. In his younger years he enjoyed playing sports and playing guitar.  He was an avid writer, enjoyed drawing and delved in other forms of the arts.

Derek will be fondly remembered as a “great kid”; he was kind, caring and would go out of his way to help anyone. Derek treasured the time he spent with his family and friends; he enjoyed just “hanging out”. Derek had a passion for music and loved playing his guitar. Derek had a laugh that was infectious, a smile that would light up a room, an endearing personality, a big heart and a beautiful soul. Derek was so loved by many and will forever be missed.

Besides his parents, Derek is survived by his beloved siblings Bridget and Domenic Santos both of Wilmington, he was the loving grandson of Judes and Richard Ziemba of Agawam, Kathy and the late Robert Burmeister formerly of Minnesota, Aldina and the late Getulio Santos of Malden. Derek is also survived by his loving fiancé as well as his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours on Thursday, November 5th from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. A Mass of Christian Burial for Derek will take place on Friday, November 6th at 10:00 a.m. in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Masks are required to be worn while in the Funeral Home and Church.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Derek’s memory to Oranges for Morgan, c/o May Family, 39 Washington Street, Boxford, MA 01921.


15 Entries in Guest Book for “Derek J. Santos”

  1. Robin J Clayton says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and all the sadness you are all enduring. I am praying for you all.

  2. Paul A Curreri JR says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers go out to Derek’s direct family and friends. We lost touch but I hung out with him and his friend Morgan a few times, very sad and shocking..always wished him the best.
    deepest condolences :(

  3. Kathy Carlsen says:

    I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Derek. My son James, who
    Passed away in 2015 at the age of 19 was a good friend of Derek’s. I received many emails and texts from him just checking to make sure I was OK; or telling me how much he missed James. Derek was a sweet and caring young man. Rest In Peace Derek. I know you and James are together jamming on your guitars! Heaven gained yet another sweet angel. God Bless ????
    Momma Bear

  4. Rick Martinek says:

    Very sorry to here this!

  5. Lourdes Albuquerque Santos Costa says:

    Foi com grande pesar que soube do falecimento do querido Derek, porque era mesmo um querido menino, alegre, amigo, educado… a GENTLEMAN! Vai com Deus, Derek. Peace and love como gostavas de viver.

  6. John & Jackie Martinek says:

    Dearest Darcy,
    John and I are sending our heartfelt prayers for your loss. May God lift you up during this very difficult time. We are so very sorry.

  7. Carla Correa-Berg says:

    Dear George,
    I can’t even imagine the pain and sorrow this loss is incurring. Saying goodbye to those we love is the hardest task we endure, especially one so young and close to your heart. During this trying time I am hoping you will find peace in the moments you shared together and reach out for support as needed. You and your mom and sisters and family are in our prayers! Lovingly, Carla

  8. Luis Da Silva says:

    My deepest condolences to the whole Family our prayers and thoughts are with you May Derek Rest In Peace I wish I could be there unfortunately you all know why borders are closed from your cousins
    Luis and Louise

  9. Frank West says:

    George. Darcey, Bridget, and Dominic- Karen and I offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of Derek. God bless your family and may God keep Derek in his hands. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. Karen and Frank West

  10. Nanci Robinson says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Darcey and family. Our hearts are sad and we can’t imagine what you are going through. May the happy memories help you through the sad times. Sending you our love, hugs, and prayers.
    Nanci, Bill, and Kristina Robinson

  11. Mina Connor says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Derek was an amazing young man, sweet and thoughtful. He cared so much about people and shared his love and enthusiasm freely and unselfishly.
    I adored him! He will be so missed. He made the world a brighter place.
    Mina Connor, dear friend

  12. Michael J. Bilodeau Sr. says:

    Sorry I wasn’t there for you. I should have been. Look down on your loving family and I ask God’s comfort for them, enjoy your eternal light until we all join you.

  13. Marilyn Carlson says:

    Derek held a special place in our hearts and our family growing up together with my children he was always such a joy and his amazing hugs will always be felt. He was literally the only child that cried on the last day of the school year he enjoyed being with his friends and learning. His heart and smiles were infectious. We loved him and will always hold onto the memories he brought. Our wish is that you hold onto all the brightness he brought this world and it gets you through this horrible time in your lives. Wishing you all peace
    Love Marilyn, Tyler and Bianca Carlson

  14. Jake Downs says:

    My deepest condolences for the loss Of Derek. He was a good kid and I liked him a lot. It’s a shame to lose someone so young. We had just talked a couple weeks before about how unhappy he was in life and felt stuck in a bad situation that he didn’t know how to get out of. I wish I could have been there for him but his bf didn’t seem to let anyone get near him or let him breathe. May he rest in eternal Peace and be remembered for his best qualities. I’m sorry I could not make The services.

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