Bruce Gillespie

A blog by freelance writer and editor Bruce Gillespie.

Remembering Derek Weiler

Like a lot of people, I was shocked to learn that Derek Weiler had passed away a couple of weeks ago at the age of 40. “Shocked” is one of those words that is usually over-used, but in this case, it was entirely apt.


I worked closely with Derek since I started freelancing in 2002, as he was one of my very first clients (if memory serves, he assigned me a news story about a memoir by the drummer of Rush of all things). That said, I can’t say that I knew him all that well; I met him in person only once, and most of our correspondence was work-related. Still, we got along quite well, and I always liked working with him; the only reason I did so less often in the past few years was that I was getting better-paying offers from elsewhere.


I always found him to be a thoughtful and sensitive editor and one who always made me look smarter than I am (which, really, is the best kind of editor, I think). Even in emails, Derek came off as a sweet, kind guy, and he sent me a very nice note not too long ago when my first book came out, saying that even though the reviews editor had passed on it, he was going to dig it out of the pile to read himself, which I found very touching.


I was surprised to read in his obituary that he was 40, as I’d assumed he was younger than I was. The only time I met him in person, I was surprised by how youthful he looked—enormously tall, but all gangly elbows and arms and a big, open, friendly face.


Q&Qis hoting a memorial party for Derek tomorrow night at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto that is open to all who would like to celebrate his life and his many achievements.


Written by bgillesp

April 28, 2009 at 7:03 pm

Posted in Freelancing

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