Derek Ryan Scadova

December 8, 1988August 7, 2018

Derek Ryan Scadova, 29, a long-time resident of Keene, NH, passed away at his home in Winchendon, MA, after a long struggle with depression and addiction, as a result of an accidental overdose. He was born in Keene on December 8, 1988 the son of Glenn and Julie (Beam) Scadova. He was a graduate of Keene State College, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Derek worked as a chemist at Neenah Paper, Inc., in West Springfield, MA, and most recently New Chapter in Brattleboro, VT, as a Quality Control Specialist. His greatest passion in life was being a Dad, and he savored the time that he spent with his little boy, Andrew. Derek was baptized in the fall of 2017 at Cornerstone Church in Winchendon, Mass, and his recent faith brought him comfort, especially in the times when he struggled the most. Above all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He is survived by his son: Andrew James Scadova, two sets of loving parents: Glenn and Donna Scadova of Keene and Julie Scadova and Craig Boucher of Winchendon, MA, his sister: Jenny Dunn and her husband Jordan of Mesa, AZ, his grandfather Francis Scadova of Swanzey, his grandmother, Holly Beam, of Alstead, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Derek’s Life will be held at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court St. Keene, NH on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 4 to 6pm. There will be a Service of Remembrance at 6pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Phoenix House 106 Roxbury St. Keene, NH. 03431.


  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Service of Remembrance Monday, August 13, 2018

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Ali Moore

August 13, 2018

I was friends with Derek in high school. I was deeply saddened to hear of his untimely passing. I remember him helping me through Honors Chemistry. I couldn't have passed the class without him and it all was so easy for him to understand . He had so much to offer the world. He was so very bright, funny, and filled with promise. We will all miss him.

Jim Kraly

August 12, 2018

Derek was a bright and enthusiastic chemistry student when he studied at Keene State College, and I was saddened to hear of his passing. Derek's laboratory and written work during his classes was respected and admired by other students, and his intellect impressed our entire chemistry department. I hope Derek's family finds peace during this difficult time.
Sending condolences,
-Jim Kraly

Suzan Gillette

August 12, 2018

One particular memory of Derek goes back to possibly as far back as 25. His mother Julie and I worked together at Keene Clinic. One day there was a lunch buffet in the department and children were invited. At the time, Julie worked nights, so she brought Derek and his sister Jenny to the buffet. Derek was then a little tow-headed kindergartner. As I recall, he was not too thrilled with the selections on the table until he spotted some of my homemade salsa and tortilla chips, and he went straight for them and called them nachos. It was so sweet! I moved to Oregon in 2005 and did not know Derek as a teenager or adult, but upon moving back to NH recently, I learned of his life struggles. I am hoping he is finally at peace, but leaves behind his grieving family, and my heart goes out to his mother, whom I always considered to be a wonderful and kind friend. May God bring some measure of comfort to his family and especially to his little boy.

Barbi Schulick

August 11, 2018

I remember Derek fondly from his time at New Chapter. He was an eager and positive presence in trainings I conducted during his new hire onboarding. I'm sending deep condolence to his family at this time of such insurmountable loss. May time and the strength of life bring you comfort.
In peace,