Derren John Supernavage

September 20, 1978February 13, 2014
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Derren John Supernavage, 35, of Waxhaw, North Carolina passed away peacefully at Levine Dickson Hospice House at Southminster on Thursday, February 13, 2014 after a four year battle with cancer. Derren was born on September 20, 1978 to William and Marlene Supernavage and grew up in West Amwell Township, New Jersey. He graduated from South Hunterdon Regional High School in 1996 and later received his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 2001 where he met the love of his life, Lucinda (nee Barca). The two moved together to Arizona and California before settling back on the east coast in Charlotte in 2005, marrying a year later. They welcomed a beautiful baby boy into their lives in 2008.

Derren was passionate about golfing, cooking, and music and had an amazing sense of humor. He loved to hike, kayak, bike, snowboard, and do anything outdoors. Derren was a very special man with a charismatic spirit and was loved and admired by everyone who knew him. He put the word “courageous” to shame during his illness, even up until the very end. His mental and physical strength and determination surpassed that of most people.

He is survived by his wife, Lucinda; young son, Jackson Storm; two doggies, Tahoe and Stella; his parents, William and Marlene Supernavage of Weaverville, North Carolina; brother Keith Supernavage of Exton, Pennsylvania; sister Meredith Supernavage of Charlotte, North Carolina; parents-in-law, Louis and Jane Barca of Waxhaw, North Carolina; sisters-in law Gina (nee Barca) Sofio and her husband, William Sofio of Waxhaw, North Carolina and Clorinda (nee Barca) Noriega of Oak Ridge, New Jersey; 2 nephews, Ryan and Nicholas; and 2 nieces, Danielle and Siena. He was preceded in death by both of his paternal and maternal grandparents and Daisy Doggie.

A funeral service for Derren will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:00 am at McEwen Pineville Chapel, 10500 Park Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28210 immediately followed by a visitation reception.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a college fund set up in honor of Derren for his young son, Jackson. Please make checks payable to "NC 529 Plan" and mail to: NC 529 Plan, PO Box 40877, Raleigh, NC 27629-0877. Please write "Ben. Jackson Supernavage" in the memo line of the check.

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Lesley Lubanski

April 9, 2014

To Everyone whom was touched by my awesome cousin; family and friends, I am so sorry for your loss.

YO CUZ- I still can't believe I am here writing on this page. I think of you often, as mix of tears and smiles come over me.

Your radiant smile, sense of humor and wittiness will forever live on.

Rest well my cousin.

With Love,
Lesley (Cuz)
& Family

Elaine Buchsbaum

April 5, 2014

I am so sorry to hear this news. The Supernavages were friends of ours when all our children were growing up. To his wife, Lucinda, please know Derren was always a wonderful person, even as a little boy. To Keith and Merideth, I am so sorry you lost your wonderful brother. To Marlene and Bill, I cannot even imagine what this has been like for you. You are all in our thoughts.
Elaine and Peter Buchsbaum, Matt, Andy, and Aaron

February 26, 2014

I used to work with Derren at Wachovia--he sat in the row next to me--he was so funny and always talked about his son...I never saw him stressed at work--everyone in our row just loved him. I was so sad to see he had passed away..I will be praying for his wife Lucinda and son...may you find peace..
Colleen Blaufuss Charlotte, NC

Danielle Smith

February 25, 2014

Derren was a GREAT person at our GIGANTIC High School = South Hunterdon Regional High School in New Jersey......We graduated together with a WHOPPING 56 Seniors...There was SOOOOOO MANY of us......HaHaHa

Looking at ALL the Pictures...A Few of the Pictures had a Facial LOOK that he ALWAYS gave to people...It MADE me LAUGH!!!

We Lost touch, but he was NEVER FORGOTEN!!!!

Many people from our High SCHOOL will be thinking of him right NOW!!!

With LOTS of LOVE to Lucinda, his son, his family, and his Friends!!!

God Bless Derren's Soul up in Heaven NOW.....Giving us ALL that Facial Look up in Heaven!!!

Love ya Derren, Danielle Smith

Allison Bolzan-Dunko

February 23, 2014

Lucinda, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm sending you a hug from NJ. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Allison

Ann Fallon

February 23, 2014

so sorry for your loss

David & Patty Smith

February 23, 2014

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this most difficult time. We are so very sorry to hear about Derren's passing. May God be with you Lucinda and Jackson.

Paul French

February 23, 2014

To the entire Supernavage family, I can not begin to express how sad I am to hear about Derren's passing. As someone who can remember him from the time we were playing tag at 5 years old to the time we were planning to hit the real world in our early 20's, I can honestly say Derren was one of the best friends I could have ever had. The perfect mix of brains, talent, artistry and humour, he was great at lightening the mood as well as seizing the moment.
As life usually works, we hadn't maintained contact over the last few years, but I often thought of Derren. After hearing he had started a family, I often thought how great it would have been to reconnect, share stories of old days and watch our kids play together. Sadly, this never happened.
I am left with warm feelings in my heart thanks to all the memories I have kept in my head along with all the wonderful pictures posted on this sight. His last few years looked wonderful and I'm hoping all those friends and family members smiling in those pictures can find a way to smile just as widely everytime they think of Derren.
I know I will be smiling everytime I think of the baseball games and concerts we went to, the late night drives we took and every one-on-one game of bball we played. Some of the best years of my life were made better thanks to him.

Kate Arnold

February 22, 2014

On Feb 22, Derren John Supernavage will be memorialized in Charlotte, NC and it is with heartbreaking sadness that I will not be there to join with his tribe to remember and celebrate his life, his exuberance, and his loves. Feb 22 is simultaneously a sad and happy day as it is also my son's birthday. With this, a reminder of the shallow understandings we think we have of time.
I met Derren in 2005 through work. He was in San Diego, I was in St. Augustine. We were both in the mortgage business and shared a cynical agreement that we were walking on thin ice as far as our livings were concerned but we were going to skate as far as we could until the ice cracked. It wasn't very far. Usually, I didn't make friends with loan originators but Derren was hard to resist and we would find ourselves in conversations at lunch time talking about my insane boss, his insane quotas. That evolved into conversations about our pets (my Bailey and his boisterous Tahoe and the very regal Daisy), music, food, beer, food, sports, families, food, and our relationships. Not a conversation was completed without him expressing some variation of his disbelief that Lucinda was his and she agreed to marry him. When he told me he was moving to Charlotte we both looked forward to a possibility of actually being able to get together. To meet. Up until that time, Derren and I had been phone buddies who occasionally closed a deal but mostly looked forward to just having a good talk. He and Lucinda, Lucy as he called her, packed up their life and headed East to Charlotte, each in their own cars, following each other. I recall one conversation we had while he was driving where Lucinda passed him in her car, singing her heart out. He laughed, said he knew she was listening to Cold Play and then kind of tapered off to say that God, did he love that woman.
When I finally met Derren and Lucinda, it was in Charlotte. Then they came to St. Augustine with Tahoe and Daisy to visit. I attended their wedding. We met one New Year's Day on my way out of Charlotte for a meal and I was finally able to meet the newest love of his life, his son Jackson. Derren had been transformed by becoming a father. He was overwhelmed with love. When he called to tell me about his tumor, optimism seemed the best course of action. His tumor began as a pancake between the hemispheres of his brain. Haha, we laughed. A tumor shaped like food….only Derren would have a tumor shaped like food.
Derren could be accurately described as larger than life, no matter how awful clichés are especially at a time like this. But is it true. He wasn't a great adventurist or poet and he didn't get rich in finance, he wasn't extremely religious or political, he didn't open a bar/restaurant. Instead, he simply loved his woman and his son. He had a great laugh. He was smart. He loved his brother and laughed at his “goof ball” sister, Meredith. He was patient and kind. He was good to people. He was generous with himself. He was unforgettable and I can with great certainty believe that with Lucinda and Jackson, his love will persevere.


February 22, 2014

Derren was the kind of friend who always made you feel right at home whenever he was around - he was the consummate host. His outlook on life, while facing the most difficult battle of his life, was remarkable and has taught me so much. I'll miss his sense of humor, big heart, gentle spirit, and bickering about our rival football teams.

My deepest sympathies to Lucinda, Jackson, and the entire family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Miss you, buddy. Love, Cole.