SALEM -- Derreck B. Keath, 23, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011.

Derreck was born Dec. 8, 1987, in Troy, the son and stepson of Laura and Chad Periard of Cambridge. Derreck attended Cambridge Central School at an early age and then Salem Central School. He also attended college courses on Long Island. Derreck had worked for Borador Animal Hospital in Salem as a Kennel Assistant and also at Northeast Janitorial Service in Glens Falls. Derreck later worked at Pizza World in Salem and was recently working at Dunkin Donuts in Greenwich.

He loved skateboarding, snowboarding, riding his dirt bike, playing the drums and he had a passion for gardening. Most importantly, Derreck loved spending time with his friends and playing practical jokes on people.

Derreck was predeceased by his grandfather, Harry Porter, who passed away in 1992 and his grandmother, Deborah Porter, who passed away in 2005.

In addition to his mother and stepfather, Derreck is also survived by a brother, Christopher R. Periard of Cambridge; his grandparents, Ray and Bernice Periard of Cambridge, Romayne Gilliland of Glens Falls and Darrell Keath of Yuma, Ariz. Derreck is also survived by a very close friend, Jonathan Earthrowl of Salem and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services will be held privately for Derreck's family and close friends by invitation.

To share a special memory of Derreck, please visit Derreck's family is being assisted with funeral arrangements by the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc., 19 East Broadway, Salem, N.Y.

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old mover

We send our condolences to Laura and Chad on their loss.We didn't know Derreck well.But we know his parents.And knowing his parents,he must have been a good person.Just know our hearts and prayers are with you Laura and Chad.It's always harder when it's your child no matter what the age.But he's with God now and will be cared for and looked after,and just waiting and holding a place where he will meet you all again one day.May God be with you during this time and help you.Derreck makes the stars shine bright and may you rest in peace forever. Sheila and Chuck nolan

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U were one of the greatest people I know. I love you and extremely heartbroken you are gone


Derreck was a fun-loving, friendly young man. We are heartbroken to hear of his passing.

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