Passed away suddenly on Thursday May 25th , 2023, at the age of 45. Beloved husband of Julie Ainsworth (nee Henderson) for 18 years. Loving father to Hayden and Garrett. Cherished son of Deanna Ainsworth and the late Dale Simpson. Dear Brother-in-law of Jill Watson (Schuyler). Loved uncle of Makayla, Teegan, Ava, Lyla, and Faith. Derek will be missed and fondly remembered by his family, many friends, and colleagues. A Celebration of Derek’s Life will be held at the Simcoe Funeral Home, 38 James Street E Orillia on Friday June 2nd, 2023 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations to the Children’s Wish Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Messages of condolence are welcomed at www.simcoefuneralhome.ca.