KNICKERBOCKER, DAVID S. David Sean Knickerbocker (RET SGT. NHPD) age 40, lost his battle with Plasma Cell Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma on December 26, 2012. Though he lost his battle, he remained a fighter and never lost his positive attitude and sense of humor, despite being predeceased by both parents (Donald and Doreen) and his diagnosis in just one year. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gorman Knickerbocker, the love of his life, who unfortunately became his caretaker shortly after getting married; his two children, Madelyn and Ryan; his brother, Dean; niece and nephew, Jacob and Ava; his aunts, uncle, and cousins; and his faithful animals, Winchester, Abby and Smokey Joe. Dave graduated from Branford High School in 1990, and University of Connecticut in 1994. He served on the New Haven Police Dept. before regretfully having to retire on disability in 2011. During his time, he served in many capacities including Patrol, Mounted Unit, Narcotics, and Robbery/Burglary. His final assignment was as Sergeant in Charge of the Detail Room. Dave embraced his Scottish and Irish Roots. He was Sergeant at Arms and an Executive Board member of the New Haven Police Emerald Society for the past 16 years. He participated in many Emerald Society functions throughout the country. He was also a part of the New Haven St. Patrick's Day Parade every year, either with the Emerald Society or through the Police Department. Dave was also an avid outdoorsman. He loved hiking, hunting, and fishing. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to continue these activities after his diagnosis, so he turned his attention to his causes. He was a supporter of a United Ireland, Irish Republican POW's and a Free/Independent Scotland for 2014. He also loved sports and was a Red Sox fan, Patriot's fan and a supporter of Glasgow Celtic Football Club (Hail Hail Celtic, C'mon the Hoops). He was also an 18 year member of Branford Elks Lodge 1939. Dave and his family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital for all of their warmth and care. Because of his diagnosis of both blood and bone cancers, Dave received countless amounts of transfusions (sometimes close to 20 a week). Dave supported and wants to thank all who have donated blood. A celebration of David's life will be held at 11 am on Friday at the Pine Orchard Yacht & Country Club, 2 Club Parkway, Branford. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate monetarily to the Red Cross, organize a blood draw or just donate blood. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com
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Published in The New Haven Register on Dec. 27, 2012