David L. Clay, 73, of Melbourne, FL, passed away on October 10, 2019, after a long battle with multiple health issues. He was born in South Bend, IN and moved to New Britain, CT where he attended elementary school through his graduation at Pulaski High School. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME. After college, he served 2 years in the U.S. Army including a year of combat infantry duty in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Army, he moved to West Hartford, CT. He worked for the state of CT and the city of Hartford before finding his true calling as a self-employed real estate appraiser. After several years of retirement, he moved to Melbourne, FL in 2013. David enjoyed life to the fullest and had many dear friends. He was an avid fisherman, golfer, beer drinker, Red Sox fan and Uconn sports fan. He was a long-time member of the American Legion and VFW. After moving to FL, he became a member of the Indian River Colony Club men's golf association and the community chapel. David is survived by his mother, Georgia Brown, from Vero Beach, FL; his brother, Bob Clay and wife Carol, from Greenwich, NY; brother, Jim Clay and wife Anna, from Quitman, TX; 4 cousins; 5 nieces; and 7 grandnieces and nephews to include the loves of his life, grandniece, Shea Fortier and grandnephew, Jack Fortier. A small family service will be held in Melbourne, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MD Anderson Center in Houston, TX or a charity of your choice
. Arrangements by Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Rockledge, FL (321) 632-1350. Condolences at afcfcare.com
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Published by Hartford Courant on Oct. 13, 2019.