Derrick J. Bey, accounting expert, aced work job interview though hospitalized for cancer therapy, useless at 55

Derrick J. Bey was in the medical center receiving cancer cure when he was recruited for a new work.

“He took off his healthcare facility robe and set on a shirt and tie and did a task interview,” stated his brother Greg.

Following the Zoom get in touch with finished, his aunt Darlene Burns aided him get back again into his gown.

From his healthcare facility place, he landed an provide.

“He bought it, stricken with cancer, in the medical center,” his brother explained.

Mr. Bey, 55, died of troubles from prostate most cancers previous thirty day period before he was capable to begin his new accounting posture.

Carrying out an job interview although convalescing was normal of the Auburn Gresham resident’s dedication, his household stated.

“He was loyal and reliable,” his brother stated.

“Some individuals in your lives are like a taking pictures star or lightning,” said his cousin Lee Bey, a Chicago Sunlight-Times columnist and editorial author. “You keep in mind the outrageous issues that they did and the amusing matters they claimed by the thousand. And some folks are just stable like a rock. That was Derrick.”

He grew up in Harvey in a residence that other little ones loved to pay a visit to. It had a pool table in the basement and a major garden that could accommodate 75 kin for a cookout. His Television made use of to ping-ping-ping for the reason that it was hooked up to a then-new online video sport: Area Invaders.

His mom Essie “took us to the initially buying mall I’d at any time been in, the Dixie Sq. Shopping mall, to get Derrick some Thom McAn sneakers,” Lee Bey said.

Essie Bey drove a Thunderbird, and his father Herman experienced Buick “Rivs” in orange, purple and lime-environmentally friendly.

Lee Bey explained that, when he and his cousin were children, “We’d communicate about the goals we experienced and the cars and trucks we’d generate — we both required TransAms and Camaros — and how we’d get to race them when we got aged.”

Mr. Bey attended Lowell grade faculty in Harvey and graduated from Thornridge Large University in Dolton.

Gifted at math, “He was usually having straight A’s all by means of elementary university and higher college,” his brother explained.

His friend Jonathan Patterson explained young Derrick appreciated rollerskating at The Rink, which was owned by relatives. Generations of skaters have glided about its ground carrying out “JB skating,” the easy footwork that mimics singer James Brown.

Mr. Bey examined at Purdue University and Western Illinois College in Macomb in advance of graduating from Chicago State College with a bachelor’s degree in organization administration and a concentration in accounting. He joined the fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.

He favored the flexibility of consulting, operating at diverse times for Easterseals, the Chicago Community Colleges, PepsiCo and Potbelly, his brother claimed. Irrespective of his disease, he ongoing to do the job until eventually April.

“He was often there” for his household, Lee Bey reported, “even in therapy.”

Relations explained that, when they had problems, he listened. When they experienced accomplishment, he cheered them on.

“He loved to go to loved ones activities,” his brother said. “He beloved cookouts.”

“He was just a strong, stable pal,” Patterson mentioned. “Any time I referred to as him and explained a circumstance to him, he would pay attention. He would not ever offer information. He would say, ‘Have you imagined about this?’ and enable you arrive to your have summary. I understood Derrick 50 yrs, and we in no way had a cross term. He’s godfather to all a few of my little ones, most effective man at my marriage.”

Mr. Bey adopted the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Raiders and the profession of soccer Corridor of Famer Marcus Allen.

He loved macaroni and cheese, especially when it was created by his aunt Lula Bey or his brother, who works by using 6 varieties of cheese: Velveeta, sharp and moderate cheddar, Parmesan, mozzarella and Colby jack.

“I would make a huge tray,” his brother reported. “Whatever was remaining, he would get dwelling.”

In addition to his brother and aunt Darlene, Mr. Bey’s survivors incorporate his sister Leslie Olive, aunts Carmen, Dorothy, Evonne and Gloria and uncle Larry. Products and services have been held.