Toffee H. Derbes, Jr., age 81

of Braintree

Toffee H. Derbes, Jr., age 81

Toffee H. Derbes, Jr., age 81, of Braintree, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, September 10, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Toffee was born in Quincy, to the late Toufic “Toffee” and Nowfe “Nellie” (Hassan) Derbes. Raised and educated in Quincy Point, he was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1959. After excelling as a varsity football player, he continued to play semi-professional football for the Morrissey Club of Quincy.

In 1962, Toffee and his brothers established Derbes Brothers Construction from humble beginnings, starting with just a 1947 dump truck, a wheelbarrow, and several hand tools. He was the co-founder and co-owner alongside his brothers of one of the largest general contracting companies on the South Shore.

Toffee loved spending time with his family and telling wise jokes to everyone he met. In addition to his love of cars, his patience led him to be the family’s go-to handyman. If it was broken, he could fix it.

Most of all, he was dedicated to his family and was especially proud of his three beloved grandchildren.

Devoted husband of fifty-five years to Linda C. (Tantillo) Derbes.

Loving father of Darline F. Lynch and her husband Timothy, Lori A. Del Vecchio and her husband Marco, all of Braintree.

Cherished grandfather of twins, Tommy and Nellie Lynch, and Adree Del Vecchio.

Dear brother of Kimal Derbes and his wife Mary of Weymouth, Margaret “Peggy” Pignone and her husband Edward of Stoneham, and predeceased by Carol Ohrenberger, Robert H. Derbes, Sr., Richard H. “Hus” Derbes, Sr., Frank F. Derbes, and Jazelle N. Derbes.

Brother-in-law of Connie Derbes and Arlene Derbes.

Toffee is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

At the request of the family, funeral services and interment were private.

For those who wish, donations in Toffee’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451-8750.


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  • Dear Linda, Lori, Darlene and family,
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. You were so lucky to have him in your lives and I only hope the memories will one day bring smiles instead of sadness. I will always remember his jokes and laughter and how much he cared for all of you. My sincerest and deepest sympathies to all of you. May he rest in peace.
    Diana Eysie

  • Lori , my heart is broken. I loved your Dad, a great, great man. He was all that was good, wonderful in this world, devoted, loving, giving caring and a great sense of humor. He will always be in my heart and prayers. Love to you and the family.

  • My deepest condolences. Fond memories. I will always remember him calling me Tater 💗. May he rest in peace.

  • Lori, Darlene and family…my deepest condolences. I’m so sad to hear about your dad. I’ve loved to hear the great stories about him throughout the years. I know he meant the world to you all. May the care and love of those around you provide peace to get you through the days ahead. God rest his soul.

  • Lori, Marco, Adree and family,

    Pat and I are so very sorry for your loss.

  • Dear Lori and family,

    I am so very sorry.
    Love to you all!


  • So many sweet memories of Toffee! My favorite was he drove myself and Darline to volleyball camp in Amherst. Aspiring olympians🤣🤣🤣 I don’t even think we knew the rules, but he was driving us out with Linda Lou in tow. Showing us sweet support…he had plenty of wise comments. Do you girls even know how to play…are we driving out here for nothing…he was a wise guy and made many laugh! Will always cherish those memories!!! RIP Toffee …you certainly left your mark xoxo🥰✌🇺🇸

  • D And Lori
    I am so very sorry for loss. Love and prayers
    To you all. Xoxo

  • Our deepest condolences to your entire family. Your Dad was a kind man! Cherish all the wonderful memories… rest easy.

  • Darline and Lori,
    My deepest condolences to you and your families for your loss