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Friends remember man killed in work accident


Inside Donut Days Bakery on Southland Drive, you'll find a counter full of friends.

"We have a little fraternity like in here," said Ron Short.

Mostly made up of retirees, Derek Gilpin was a little younger than the rest of the group.

"He just blended in," said Short.

"His heart was gold. Everybody loved him," said owner Fred Wohlstein. He said Gilpin was always willing to lend a hand.

"I remember one day he picked up someone who just happened by here. It was a rainy day and she didn't have a ride and he took her down to the bus station. He didn't know her from Adam. That was just Derek," he said.

In fact, Derek was so loved by his Donut Days family, he's got a permanent spot on the wall.

"Here's a picture of the 14 regulars right here," said Wayne Smith, retired minister of Southland Christian Church.

They miss their friend Derek dearly. He was killed in a work accident Wednesday along with another man. His name hasn't been released, but the group at Donut Days says he was also a member of their group and a longtime friend of Gilpin. They said it'll be tough no longer seeing the two.

"If you missed one day without permission...or didn't explain you were going on a trip or something, we were concerned, genuinely concerned. It was just any old thing other than, we love you, we love everybody that comes here. We want to know you're ok," said Short.

"The Bible says we're to be salt and light. Salt on your food, you know when it's not there and you know when it's there. Some salt...and light...is really...the flavor is missing here today," said Smith.

Gilpin's visitation will be at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on Harrodsburg Road Sunday from 2 to 6. His funeral will be there on Monday at 12:30.


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