David P. Haughey (1931 - 2013)

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Haughey, David P. David Haughey passed away May 9, 2013. Dave was born in Buffalo, New York December 6, 1931. He was preceded in death by his mother Caroline Marx Palmer from Aberdeen, Scotland, Father David Martin Haughey from Glasgow Scotland. They came to the US in the early 1900's settling in Buffalo, New York. His sister Caroline Patchell died in December 2004. Dave is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Jo Miller; sisters Jean Ann Bennett and husband Rodney of West Seneca, New York and Joan Ann Cooper and husband James of Tampa, FL; daughter Beth O'Dowd and husband Paul of Houston, son David Bruce Haughey and wife Martha of Oneida, NY and grandson David Michael Haughey and fiancée Karen Phorp , Syracuse, NY; step children Michael Miller, his wife Karen and their children Jessica, Matthew, Rachel, Meghan, Christopher and Olivia and Stephen Miller his wife Angie and children, Stephen, Jr, and fiancée Rachel Scarpinato, Alyssa, Catherine and Alex; as well as many nieces and nephews. A special note regarding his grandson: when Dave was in the hospital there were few if any doctors and nurses who didn't know his grandson was in medical school in Syracuse and the winner of numerous prestigious awards. His greatest regret is that he couldn't be physically present to see him graduate from medical school in 2014 and get married to Karen the following month. However his spirit will be there in love. Dave was in the United States Army, 11th Airborne Division from 1951-1954. Dave had a long career in the insurance industry specializing in corporate refinance. He worked first for Merchants Mutual Insurance Group leaving there as Vice President. He also worked for Commercial Credit, Gulf Insurance and Republic Insurance. Dave was a 32nd degree Master Mason, Masonic Lodge #1138, member of Buffalo Valley Consistory and was an Ismailia Shriner. Dave was a devoted friend of Bill W. for 32 years. He had the privilege of carrying the message to what was then the Soviet Union in 1985 and 1987. In 1985, he was part of the first group that took AA into hospitals and people's homes. He returned in 1987 to meet again the doctors and people from the first trip finding one particular individual, Max, still sober. Nothing was more important to him than the men he sponsored and no greater delight than in a 12th step call. His goal was to live until May 4th since he believed his life really began on May 4th 1981. Both Jo and Dave want to thank all the friends and family who so generously gave of their time particularly the special group of people who showed up every Wednesday night for more than a year and a half to bring Dave a meeting. A special tribute must be added to Dr. Sara Tranchina who is the best doctor anyone could ever have and whose loving kindness and gracious presence eased them both through a very difficult time. Dave endured much illness with the dignity and grace that had symbolized his life. He met each challenge with a profound belief that God would look after him. Add a bit of Scottish stoicism, a touch of the compassion learned in these last 32 years and there is a man who complained little and loved deeply. Since Dave donated his body to UT Southwestern Willed Body Program, a memorial service will be held May 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Sparkman Richardson Funeral Home with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please send donations to Magdalen House, Salvation Army, or the .


Published in Dallas Morning News from May 16 to May 17, 2013
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