Former AFL star and model Tom Derickx pays tribute to his beloved grandfather after his death

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‘A gentleman who taught me so much’: Former AFL star and model Tom Derickx pays tribute to his beloved grandfather after his death










Tom Derickx paid tribute to his grandfather, Johannes Gradus Derickx, after his death in a moving Instagram post on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old former Australian footballer and model has shared a series of photos of his beloved “Pa”.

“Yesterday, I said goodbye to my grandfather, a gentleman who taught me so much. Give rest to this big heart, dad, ”he captioned the post.

Loss: Tom Derickx paid tribute to his grandfather, Johannes Gradus Derickx, after his death in a moving Instagram post on Wednesday

Among the photos Tom included was a cover photo of his grandfather’s funeral service order.

Entitled “A Celebration of His Life”, the libretto said Johannes was born March 15, 1931 and died June 21, 2021.

He bore a striking resemblance to his famous grandson in his youth, with the same dark brown eyes and a thick mane of hair.

RIP: The 33-year-old former Australian footballer and model shared a series of photos of his

RIP: The 33-year-old former Australian footballer and model shared a series of photos of his beloved ‘Pa’

“I said goodbye to my grandfather yesterday, a gentleman who taught me so much.  Give rest to this big heart, daddy

“I said goodbye to my grandfather yesterday, a gentleman who taught me so much. Give rest to this big heart, daddy “, he captioned the post.

Tom also included a series of photos of him with his grandfather, including one of his proud dad holding him like a baby.

Another photo showed Johannes beaming as he stood next to Tom, who was wearing his Sydney Swans AFL uniform.

A final photo showed Tom sitting on his father’s lap like a little boy, alongside another young boy.

Memorial: Among the photos Tom included was a photo of the cover of his grandfather's funeral service order

Memorial: Among the photos Tom included was a photo of the cover of his grandfather’s funeral service order

Tribute: Tom has also included a series of photos of him with his grandfather, including one of his proud dads holding him like a baby

Tribute: Tom has also included a series of photos of him with his grandfather, including one of his proud dads holding him like a baby

Fans flooded the comments section with red love hearts, conveying their condolences to Tom and his family.

After retiring from the AFL in 2016, Tom turned to fashion and regularly works as a model.

He also appeared on last year’s Channel Seven charity striptease special, All New Monty: Guys and Gals.

Making memories: One final photo showed Tom sitting in his father's lap like a little boy, alongside another young boy

Making memories: One final photo showed Tom sitting in his father’s lap like a little boy, alongside another young boy


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