Derek Ryan Lankowski, 31, a resident of Lyndeborough, NH, died unexpectedly on March 29, 2016 after an accident in Weare, NH.
Derek was born in Japan on a military base on June 27, 1984, the son of Mary (Walters) Faulkner. He moved to Milford, NH in 1992 with Mary and John Faulkner.
He was a 2003 graduate of Milford High School. After High School, he actively continued degree and certificate programs to pertain to his wide array of hobbies and interests.
Derek married the love of his life, Melissa Jean (Alexander), on September 29, 2012 and together they have resided in the close and tight knit community of Lyndeborough, NH amongst their close friends and family for the past 8 years.
He worked as a branch manager for CASCO/ IFES (Interstate Food Equipment Service) and made many friends throughout his years working in the restaurant industry. He was also a great leader for his co-workers and always was willing to chip in to get a job done even if that meant he had to leave his office to go out into the field to work amongst his fellow technicians.
Derek volunteered with the Lyndeborough Fire Department for many years and was always willing to do what was needed of him at a moment's notice. He enjoyed doing all aspects of the job but he was drawn to the front line with his brothers to work and try save others in need, this exemplified who Derek really was.
Derek had many hobbies; He always had a tool or two nearby. He loved helping others on projects that got his hands dirty. Derek taught Melissa many things to spend time together as they worked on projects side by side. He enjoyed making graphics, traveling, and always found a way to make his wife laugh. He enjoyed taking trips with Melissa to the coast and visiting Nubble Light House and eating lobster.
In addition to his loving wife, Melissa of Lyndeborough and his parents Mary and John Faulkner of Milford, Derek is survived by his sister, and brother-in-law, Danielle and Jacob Sherman of Milford, Mother in-law, Helen Alexander Stokes of Manchester, two nephews; Elijah Sherman of Milford and Daniel Alexander Jr. of Manchester, grandmother Carol Walters, grandfather Jan Lankowski and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends who Derek will be looking down upon.
Services: Calling hours will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Burns Hill Christian Fellowship Church, Elm Street, Milford, NH, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. A celebration of Derek’s life will take place in the Church at 2:00 PM. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
At the family’s request, please make any contributions in Derek’s memory to either the Lyndeborough Firefighter Relief Association, 9 Citizen’s Hall Road, Lyndeborough, NH 03082, or to the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Suite 309, Concord, NH 03301