Derek Christopher Chaipel, 19, of Cape Coral, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. He was born Jan. 3, 1995, in Albany, N.Y., and moved to Cape Coral in 1997. He attended Cape Coral High School.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his parents, Steven and Stacy Chaipel of Cape Coral; his sister, Courtney Chaipel of St. Petersburg; his lifelong friend who was like a brother, David Schulz of Cape Coral; his loving grandmothers, Suzanne Brick, Charlene Helbig and Gail Chaipel; his loving grandfather, Mitch (Elisete) Brick; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial gathering for family and special friends will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at Steven and Stacy's home to celebrate Derek's life.
Derek Christopher Chaipel
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to www.usautism.org/donate in Derek's honor.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers.
Online condolences may be made at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.