Outgoing and gregarious, Dave made everyone feel welcome. And it was easy to tell if Dave liked you: he’d be playing some kind of prank.
He never lost his Philly roots: cheesesteaks were only cheesesteaks if they were purchased at Pat’s. He was always looking for the perfect place to play some half ball: he claimed to have hit one over Liberty One. Dave bled green: if the “Birds” were on, they could hear his cheers all the way back in the city.
His hero was Muhammad Ali; Dave was a Golden Gloves fighter and trained at the famous Henley’s Gym. But he was into fitness long before it was a thing. He ate right, worked out for years and ran.
If he had one vice it was probably Wawa: Dave frequented it at least five times a day. Finishing lunch he’d be talking about what’s for dinner: Dave loved to eat.
He was a pipefitter for Local 322 and owned Derbys Taven for many years.
The Hi-Nella hard boy would meet a Somerdale girl named NeeCee. Their marriage was blessed by children: Frank and Dina; nieces, Maria and Jen; nephew, Wallie; his dogs, Molly, Louie and Oscar; and his cockatiel, Abby.
Come celebrate 66 great years from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday, at Sweeney Funeral Home, Riverside. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, at St. Peter’s Church, Riverside. Interment will be held at the Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Animal Welfare Association, www.awanj.org.
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