David Upham

David L. Upham

SARASOTA, FL: David L. Upham, 90, of Sarasota, Florida and previously from Mansfield passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in the Carroll Center at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, Florida.

David was born October 15, 1922 in Mt. Vernon, the son of Stephen and Susan (Parsons) Upham. He was graduated from Mt. Vernon high school. He graduated from the U .S. Merchant Marine Acedemy at King's Point in 1945. While a cadet in World War II his first assigned ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranian Sea. Further assignments took him to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. He also received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Denison University in 1948 where he was a member Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

David was an owner and served as past president of Konstam-Massa & Upham Insurance. He was a member of the Mansfield First Congregational Church, Westbrook Country Club, Richland County Area Chamber of Commerce where he served as president and was a co-founder and first commodore of the Mansfield Sailing Club. David served on the board of directors for First Buckeye Bank, Mansfield Building and Loan, Richland Knox Mutual Insurance Company, T&A Saveway Markets, and Ada Ford Foundation. He was a member of the Woodland Club, 51 Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club, Boca Grande Club, and was past member of the Les Chenenaux Yacht Club. David was an outdoor enthusiast who was an accomplished skier, competitive sailor and ice boater, and enjoyed fly fishing for any fish in any body of water in any locale.

David is survived by his loving wife Claudia Marks Upham of Sarasota, son David Mark Upham, MD and his wife Karen of Alpena, Michigan; daughters Tamara Sue Upham Ng-Yow and her husband Richard of Greenwich, Connecticut and Daphne Kilburn and her husband Larry of Port Townsend, Washington; five grandchildren Chester Upham, Valeska Upham, Alexander Ng-Yow, Thomas Ng-Yow and Kendrick Ng-Yow; sister-in-law Jacqueline Upham of Sarasota, Florida and brother Bradley (Mary) Upham of Amelia Island, Florida .

He was preceded in death by his parents Stephen Pierce and Susan Upham, Sr. and his brother Stephen Pierce Upham, Jr.

Graveside services will be held at a later date. The Upham family chose Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes for compassionate cremation services.

Contributions in David's memory may be made to First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44903 or the Boca Grande Health Clinic, 280 Park Avenue, Boca Grande, FL 33921.

Online condolences to the Upham family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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Published in the News Journal on Nov. 11, 2012