Waterford - David Garside Jr., 76, of 1 Mill Lane, Waterford, retired fire marshall for the Town of Waterford, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, after a short illness.
He was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Lowell, Mass., the son of Marion (Hardy) Garside and David Garside Sr. He married Marylin (Jennings) Garside in the Lakes Pond Baptist Church in Waterford on Oct. 11, 1980.
David served in the U.S. Navy
and retired in 1974 and is a veteran of the Vietnam War
. He retired as the Town of Waterford fire marshall in 2002. During his distinguished career, he taught fire safety courses at many area institutes. He also volunteered in many areas since the age of 17, including firefighting, where he was a life member of the Jordan Fire Co. # 1 in Waterford, and had served as their treasurer for many years. He was a longtime active member of The First Baptist Church in New London where he had served as a trustee.
He also was a dedicated volunteer for over 11 years at Ocean Beach Park, when he started volunteering on the boardwalk reconstruction project which took over three years. When that project was done, he enjoyed the beach so much he kept working on different projects including opening and closing the beach, and maintaining the splash park for children and then for the next eight years, worked on virtually every inch of Ocean Beach Park, giving freely of his time and many talents. He volunteered for many other worthy causes throughout the years, taking pleasure in contributing what he could. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the New London Motorcycle Club.
David is survived by his wife, Marylin (Jennings) Garside of Waterford; his brother, Thomas Garside of Warren, N.H.; sons, David and his wife, Karyn, of New London, and Daniel Garside and his wife, Sandy, of Waterford; daughters, Gail Roselund of Glen Burney, Md., Susan Inman and husband, Kevin, of Gales Ferry, and Janet Wilcox and husband, Fred, of Oakdale; his stepchildren, Ken Kelly and wife, Ginger, of Massachusetts, Nancy Assenmacher and her husband, David, of Ohio, Mary Bryson and her husband, Eric, of Florida, and Carol Frank and her husband, Chris, of Florida; eighteen grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his stepson, Bob Kelly.
David will be taking his last ride from the New London Motorcycle Club, Moxley Road, Montville, leaving the clubhouse at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. Friends and relatives are invited to join the procession as it goes to Ocean Beach Park, in New London, where a memorial service and celebration of his life will be hosted by Ocean Beach Park and The First Baptist Church of New London, beginning at noon until 4 p.m.
Please do not send flowers and instead, make donations to the First Baptist Church of New London, 268 State St., New London, CT 06320 or to Center for Hospice Care Southeastern Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Byles Memorial Home, 99 Huntington St., New London, is assisting with the arrangements.
Please visit www.Byles.com
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