RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The husband of a Raleigh police officer died after a nearly five-year battle with cancer.
Derek Maner’s wife, Carrie, is an officer. The Raleigh Police Department rallied around the couple as Derek fought stage four colon cancer. His family says he died at 11:11 p.m. Sunday.
Family members say Derek “certainly knew how to bring love, laughter, and unity to any gathering.”
According to his cousin, Daniel Julian: “Derek lived his life as all people should. He was the type of person whom you’d meet for the first time and he’d act like an old friend. Derek was a beacon of hope and strength for those battling cancer or other ailments with his infectious smile and sense of humor. He inspired others through music and unwavering optimism despite such a grim diagnosis. He loved his wife Carrie with a passion. Although he is gone, his spirit will always live on through his loved ones, friends, and people who admired him.”
Another cousin, Rhette Watts, added: “Derek is the strongest and most positive person I have ever known. He faced death for five years and remained positive and happy throughout his long fight with cancer. Derek was loved by all that knew him and to have known him was a blessing to us all.”
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel in Lexington. Derek has requested those who attend wear his favorite colors, orange and blue.