EAST LONGMEADOW - David J. Daly, 92, a resident of East Longmeadow for 64 years, formerly of Springfield, died early Thursday afternoon, July 4, 2013 at Wingate of East Longmeadow, surrounded by his loving family at his side.
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He was born and educated in Springfield, a son of the late Thomas E. and Margaret (Dovey) Daly and was a graduate of the High School of Commerce Class of 1938.
Dave entered the U. S. Navy during WW II serving as a machinist Mate Second Class and was the recipient of the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, 7th Fleet Commendation Ribbon, American Area Ribbon and the WW II Victory Medal. Upon his honorable discharge from active service he returned to the civilian work force where he was employed as the traffic manager with the former Monsanto Chemical Company of Indian Orchard, until his retirement in 1982. Dave was very proud of the time he spent working along with thousands of other unemployed young men under Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" Program or the Civilian Conservation Corps, restoring the Nation's natural resources at the end of the Great Depression.
He was deeply involved and an active communicant for over 64 years with St. Michael's Church of East Longmeadow, where he was a founding member and Past President of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, serving as an usher and greeter, as well as a member of the finance board. Dave also was an avid golfer with the "Sunshine Boys" at Chicopee Country Club. He also enjoyed spending free time in his basement woodworking shop, or travelling extensively across the United States, and numerous trips to Ireland with his devoted wife and best friend of 65 years, Rita (Little) Daly.
Dave will be forever remembered by his family as being a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who also possessed a keen sense of humor, and the highest moral values.
Besides his wife he leaves two loving children, Anne D. Lyman and her husband Scott of Bernardston, and Thomas W. Daly and his wife Linda of Nantucket; 5 grandchildren, David Lyman, Todd Lyman and his wife Julie, Kerry Stevens and her husband David, Amy Nedeau and her husband Erik, Erin Lyman and Theresa Lyman; 6 great-grandchildren, Max, Patrick, Finley, Lukas, Bridgit and Ronan.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Kathleen, Janet, Peggy and Justin.
His funeral will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 10 a.m. from the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, 128 Maple St., both in East Longmeadow, with Rites of Committal and Military Honors to conclude at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main St., Agawam.
Family and friends may gather on Monday evening at the funeral home from 5-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be directed to Whole Children, Inc., 41 Russell St., P.O. Box 15, Hadley, MA 01035.
For more information please visit www.forastierefuneralhome.com
Published in The Recorder on July 8, 2013