AMHERST - John G. David, 72, of Amherst, died on Sept. 12, 2014, in Andover, Mass., due to complications from Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease.
He was born in Port Chester, N.Y. on July 30, 1942, son of John A. David Jr. and Muriel Gower David. John and his brother, Edward, grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., attending Rye Methodist Church. He joined the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Rye Neck High School, and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, of which he remained an ardent supporter throughout his life.
After graduation in 1964, he was awarded the Graduate Internship in Radio and Television at the University of Texas. He completed additional coursework there in philosophy, physics and electrical engineering, and applied those credits toward his Master of Arts in philosophy from the University of Connecticut in 1966. He taught philosophy at Nassau Community College from 1966 to 1969.
While living in New York City, he met and married Eva Reque (Steege) and launched his professional technical career at Tektronix, Inc. This led to a move to Portland, Ore., for a post at Tektronix headquarters in 1973. There he completed an M.B.A at the University of Portland. After their two children were born and entered school, the family moved to Amherst in 1980, where John made his home for 34 years.
He was an active member of the Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC, where he was well known. He volunteered regularly, served on multiple committees, sang bass in the choir, and played the cello for special services several times a year.
John had a long career in technical sales, marketing and product management, starting with Tektronix, and including long service at Digital Equipment Corporation, and most recently, Cushcraft Corp.
An avid amateur radio "ham," John received his first FCC operating license at the young age of 12. He eventually attained his extra-class license - a notable achievement - with call sign KB1T. An active member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, he frequently competed in global contests and field expeditions, and launched a yearly photo-calendar business dedicated to ham radio.
John was the founder and driving force behind the annual Souhegan Valley CROP Walk Against Hunger, part of a coordinated set of similar walks in communities around the world. The Souhegan Valley walk has grown every year, and now raises many tens of thousands of dollars each year to help end hunger locally and abroad. This year was the 25th anniversary of the Souhegan Valley CROP walk.
John was also a member and leader in the Amherst Lions Club, and a board member of the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, for which he played the cello. In the last 15 years he became very active in the N.H. Democratic party, showing a strong commitment to issues pertaining to the environment, education and economic justice. He wrote many letters to the editor on these topics.
In addition, John enjoyed traveling, sailing, skiing and the outdoors. He had a lifelong passion for learning and was currently pursuing a Master of Arts in philosophy at Boston University, with a concentration in history and philosophy of science. He had hoped to return to teaching philosophy.
John's first marriage ended in 1994. He remarried in 1997 to Nancy A. (Dillman) David. He was predeceased by Nancy, who died in 2011, and by his brother's daughter, Emma, who died in 2002 of a brain injury.
Family members include his fiancée, Elizabeth Rubino of Haverhill, Mass.; his son, John R. David and his wife, Jos K. Hill of San Francisco, Calif.; his daughter, Katherine F. David of Manassas, Va.; three grandchildren Alessandra, Lucia and Etienna, daughters of Katherine; his brother Edward David and his wife, Janice, of Farmington, Maine; and nephew, Andrew David of New York, N.Y.
services: A memorial service will be held on Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Congregational Church of Amherst, UCC, 11 Church St., Amherst. Burial will be in Black Point Cemetery, Scarborough, Maine, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Souhegan Valley CROP Walk. Donate at www.svnhcropwalk.org
, or by mail at P.O. Box 1015, Amherst, 03031. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. For more information or to offer a condolence, go to www.smith-heald.com
Published by Union Leader on Sep. 21, 2014.