"It’s with deepest sadness that we announce that Jules C. Dervaes, Jr., age 69, passed away as a result of a pulmonary embolism.
Dad has stood up his whole life for everything he believed in: never surrendering, never compromising, never wavering in his beliefs, his principles. Dad thought everything--no matter how big or how small--was worth fighting for.
Dad would try to right every wrong, correct every injustice and fix every mistake. Maybe that was his biggest flaw, but, just maybe, that was his greatest asset.
Dad never retired, never gave up, never stopped working, never stopped dreaming, never lost sight of the ultimate goal. There were times when we wished Dad would just let it go because it was just not worth it. However, that trait is what made Dad worth everything.
The last person Dad ever took care of was himself. His sincere concern for others’ well-being was evident to all who knew him. Dad’s smile and laughter touched many.
There are not many times in modern life when one can say God stepped in and intervened. This time, God had the final say, giving him the rest and release that Dad would never give to himself.
Although this chapter of Dad’s life has ended, God willing, we intend to carry on the work that he started.
In the name of our father,
Jules C. Dervaes, Jr. (1947-2016)
Anais, Justin and Jordanne Dervaes
We want to personally express our sincere gratitude, our thanks and our love to our friends, our family, our neighbors, and to everyone who came by, chipped in, stepped up, and was there with and for us.
There was no way we could possibly have made it through this time by ourselves. It is absolutely humbling how many people Dad touched.
Every person, every story, every prayer, everything meant so much to us. THANK YOU!
Our family asks for privacy at this time and will be issuing no further comments."
Truly a loss.
I was lucky enough to live in Pasadena for 6 years, and to be a part of the incredible community Jules and his family built. They put a tremendous amount of work into first growing and selling food, and then into creating a space for people to meet, play music, and share ideas. When it comes to"people care", I can't think of a better example than what Jules and his family put together on their little urban lot. It is easy to forget just how much work and dedication it takes, and the passion that Jules brought to the task will, I know, continue to inspire many.
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