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Derek Galego

11/19/1986 - 08/28/2021


Obituary For Derek Galego

Derek Galego, 34, of Bristol, RI, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 28, 2021.Born in Providence, RI, he was the son of Manuel and Alice (Flora) Galego, of Bristol.Derek had worked as a Master Electrician for K-Electric. An entrepreneur, he also owned and ran his own business, Levitate Electric. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his girlfriend Shannon and his dog, Sampson. Derek was known as "The life of the Party" to his family and friends. He enjoyed listening to music and going to concerts. He loved being in nature, spending time on the water boating and fishing, as well as hunting. Derek was a hockey player and loved watching the Boston Bruins play. He was known as a history buff and loved watching documentaries about a wide range of subjects. He was an amazing son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend. Derek, was a selfless person, and lived life with the No Man Left Behind outlook.Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Jocelyn Amaral and her husband Ricardo of Bristol, his girlfriend, Shannon Maloney of Bristol, his dog Sampson, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 3, 2021, from 7-9AM, in Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, RI.Funeral services will be held on, Friday, September 3, 2021, at 9AM, from Smith Funeral & Memorial Services, 8 Schoolhouse Road, Warren, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10AM, in St. Mary's Church, 330 Wood Street, Bristol, RI.Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Chestnut Street, Bristol.Information/On-Line condolences please visit-

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  • 09/17/2021

  • 09/06/2021

    I love and miss you so much Derek!! Things will never be the same but we get to live off your memories!! You were one of a kind !! Funny caring loving we cherish you forever!! My sweet cousin I pray you are resting in paradise and watching over all of us!! You will forever be my angel!! I love you so much! Cousin Les

  • 09/05/2021

    I was so grateful to grow closer to Derek over the last several years, spending time with him whenever I came home to Bristol to visit Rick and Jocelyn. Derek was a great brother and son, a great friend, extremely generous, always cheerful and making everyone laugh. Every time I saw him, no matter how long it'd been, he was always sure to bust my chops over whatever happened the last time we'd been together before we'd launch into some spirited debate on politics or history. I was always blown away by how intelligent and knowledgeable Derek was. I'm lucky I got to see him this summer after not being able to visit home for almost 2 years due to Covid-19. Rest easy my man. Love, Drew

  • 09/03/2021

    My condolences to Derek's friends and family. I am sad to hear of his passing. When I first met Derek this past summer at work he was a personable man. I know greater things were still coming his way. In our conversations and interactions at work he demonstrated great skill and wisdom. He was a leader, a hard worker, he had a charitable heart, and I consider him a brother and friend. It is sad to lose great men. Until we meet again. I pray for all of those whom encountered you during your time on earth to cherish the moments and time you were in their presence and to teach those who may not have met you of the things you represented. Amen Amen and Amen. -Respectfully, Raymond F. Kane

  • 09/02/2021

    Derek and I became instant friends when we met at work ten years ago. We haven't worked together in seven years but we still stayed friends and I came to consider him one of my best friends. He is and was everything people are saying about him. I witnessed first hand how he would do anything for anyone no matter what. We had a lot of fun and some long conversations over the years and I've never seen him happier than the last few months. I will miss our conversations and I will miss you for life Derek. Thank you for being a great friend.

  • 09/02/2021

    It is an immense sense of loss for someone gone so soon. I have had the distinct pleasure and honor to know the Galego family for over 40 years and to have known Derek since his birth and to see now the pain and anguish his mom and dad and the rest of his family and friends are going through is heart wrenching. Derek will be forever loved and missed and the Galego family have their guardian angel to protect and guide them as life moves forward...I love you all..may God bless the Galego family and may Derek rest in paradise. Goodbye my friend..until we meet again.

  • 09/02/2021

    Derek you're energy lit up any room you into. My time knowing you was short but in that time I saw how much you cherished your friendships and how you would you would do anything to help them. You will be so deeply missed and always remembered.

  • 09/02/2021

    Derek was one of a kind! He taught me a skill that will feed my family and I am for ever great full for that! Aside from work Derek was a good friend and would literally give you the shirt off his back. Derek take five bro you've earned it. Until we meet again my friend. May the beer be cold and the wire pulls be easy in heaven my brother!

  • 09/02/2021

    There's absolutely no words that can express our pain or sympathy at this loss . " that guy " was the perfect fit for my daughter and our family , we knew he was the one from the first time we met him !! I know god has a greater plan for him and will forever be grateful that we had the time with him that we did . Damn we miss you man !! Please celebrate the ones you love !!! Love the Maloney Family

  • 09/02/2021

    Derek was a great friend and I think we had a unique relationship. We went on many vacations together, the bahamas, new hampshire... he was so much fun to be around, and fit in so well with our family. He had a unique sense of a humor and very contagious laugh. Over the course of life Derek and I would always end up running into each other, and seeing each other in random places. He never changed, always asked about how my family was doing, how my parents and sister were. Every time I saw him it was like time had stood still since the last time I saw him. Seeing him always made me happy and brought a smile to my face.. I'm going to really miss you Derek. Rest in peace brother...

  • 09/02/2021

    We will always remember your smile and laughter. Your cousin, Leonard and Lisa

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