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David N. Suprenant

February 24, 2023
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David Suprenant Obituary

David Noel Suprenant, 74, of Redmond, Washington died peacefully on February 24, 2023 due to complications from ALS.

David was born on Christmas Day 1948 in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was the son of Harold and Lillian (St.Germain) Suprenant of Turners Falls. David attended schools in Turners Falls, graduating high school in 1966. He excelled in track and field and football and was co-captain of the Track and Field team. For many years he held the school record in the 880-yard run. Following graduation, David enlisted in the Navy and served in Vietnam as a diesel mechanic until 1971 when he was honorably discharged at the rank of Seaman. During his tour of duty, he served on the USS Kawishiwi that supported the recovery of the Apollo 13 space capsule reentry into the Pacific Ocean. He returned to Turners Falls where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from North Adams State College in 1983. He worked as a Sales Manager at the Greenfield Tap and Die.

In the mid 1980s, David decided to pursue his love for the sea and adventure.  He enrolled in the Chapman School of Seamanship in Stuart, Florida, graduating in 1985. His journeys of seamanship led him to living on the coast of Holland for a time and to serve on boats in the Mediterranean Sea, the South Pacific, Florida, and the Alaskan coast. In 1986, he and a fellow seaman sailed from Tahiti to Hawaii on a 26-foot sailboat. He truly loved the lure of the ocean. In the late 1980s, David moved to Washington state, married and raised a family. Fatherhood brought him back to land and he shifted to a career in technology working for Avocent in software sales and then for Microsoft in the International Market, including India and Taiwan. David then worked for Century Link as a software engineer until his retirement in 2019. 

During retirement and prior to getting sick, David enjoyed many cruises, including to the Amazon River, the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, and the Sea of Cortez. When home, he cheered on the Seahawks while enjoying the company of friends at the former Coho Cafe in Redmond. He never tired of adventure and travel, all the while being a caring and loving father to his two sons, Alex and Royce.

David leaves behind his partner, Arlene Kazala of Redmond; his son Alex Suprenant of Snohomish, WA; his son Royce Suprenant and wife Taylor of Everett, WA; brother Bob Suprenant and wife Maria of Hampton, NH; and nieces Bria Day and Lauren Bombardier and families, also of Hampton, NH. He wanted his best wishes sent to the many friends he made over the years.

At his request, he will be laid to rest in Turners Falls, MA, with a Catholic Mass to be observed at Our Lady of Peace Church, 90 Seventh Street on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 11:00AM, with Rev. Fr. Stanley J. Aksamit, friend and former neighbor to be the celebrant. Rites of committal and interment will follow in St. Anne’s Cemetery, where David will be buried with his parents. Military Honors will be observed with a detachment of the USN in attendance and will be assisted by the Northfield VFW Post #9874 who will provide a firing detail. David’s family will receive guests prior to the funeral liturgy in the vestibule of Our Lady of Peace Church from 10:00AM until 10:45AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association at donate.als.org or ALS Association, PO Box 37022, Boone, Iowa 50037-0022. McCarthy Funeral Homes of Greenfield and Turners Falls, MA have been entrusted with David’s care and arrangements. Friends are encouraged to share remembrances on David’s Tribute Wall at www.mccarthyfuneralhomes.com 

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