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 www.mcclellangariepy.com. Derreck's family is being assisted with funeral arrangements by the McClellan-Gariepy Funeral Home, Inc., 19 East Broadway, Salem, N.Y.