Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home Obituaries

R. Brent Derick on February 19, 2022

R. Brent Derick, 63, passed away at home after a brief illness with his devoted sister by his side. Born on September 10, 1958, Brent was the son of the late Robert M. Derick of Montreal, Quebec and the late M. Joyce Cash and her husband, the late Milton F. Cash of North Attleboro.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, in his youth Brent was an avid hockey player and any time the puck was sent to that left-winger, a goal was sure to be scored.   Brent moved to North Attleboro with his family as a young teenager.  He attended North Attleborough High School and upon leaving, went to work for Milton F. Cash Corp. for many years.  It was there that he learned so much about paving and excavating, heavy equipment, and a host of other skills.  In his later years, Brent became an experienced painter and talented handy-man.  

Kind and compassionate, Brent was a lover of animals.  He had integrity and was a man of his word, bringing many confidences with him.  He was always willing to lend a helping hand, and he would get you every time with his dry wit.  Brent was a Friend of Bill’s and made many meaningful and lasting friendships along his sobriety journey. 

In addition to his sister Nancy D. Joyce of North Attleboro, Brent is survived by cousins Wayne B. Feeney and his wife Colleen of Montreal, Quebec; Michael R. Kirby and his wife Arlene of Plymouth; Richard A. Kirby of Barrington, RI; and the late Robert B. Kirby of Warren, RI.  Brent is also survived by dear friends Patti, Walt and Miles Miller of North Attleboro.  Brent had seven step-brothers – the late Milton S. Cash of TN; David Cash of North Attleboro; the late Gary Cash of North Attleboro; Richard Cash of NJ; Robert Cash of Rehoboth; the late Michael Cash of Falmouth; and Douglas Cash of North Attleboro. 

A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 22nd at 10:00am at Transfiguration of the Lord Parish at St. Mary’s Church, 14 Park Street, North Attleborough, MA.  Burial will be private. 

As an expression of sympathy, in lieu of flowers donations may be made in Brent’s name to North Cottage Program, Inc., 69 East Main Street, Norton, MA  02766.