David D. McQuay

Florence, Massachusetts

David Dale McQuay, 81, of Florence, MA, died on June 27, 2021, with his wife at his side, following complications from surgery. He was born on August 14, 1939 in Buffalo, NY, son of Howard Ambrose McQuay and Christine Cora (Goetz) McQuay. He married his wife, Susan A. (LaFleur) McQuay, in Greenfield, MA, and together they celebrated 28 years of marriage.

He was educated in Buffalo schools, and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1956 to 1959, honorably discharged at Camp Lejeune, with Foreign Service. He carried the Corp within him and proudly served his country.

Always a loving husband, they enjoyed many years of boating and fishing on Harriman Reservoir and Lake Winnipesaukee. And, they shared a love of the outdoors, including golfing, skiing and exploring New England lakes and seaside towns, especially Bar Harbor. In earlier years, David also enjoyed island camping and motocross racing. And, he always had a great love for black Labrador retrievers, who went just about everywhere with him.

He was a devoted and loving husband and caregiver to his former wife, Kathleen (Schmidt) McQuay who predeceased him. Together they raised three children, Donna Lynn, Richard Douglas, and Tracey, and built their dream home on a mountainside in Warwick, MA, all the while as David moved from holding various sales positions to building a successful welding equipment and supply business in the Eastern part of the state.

Ever an adventurer, be it cross country in a van with kids, dog and motorcycles, or fishing at the Verendrye Provincial Park in Canada, or traveling to Denali National Park in Alaska, he would say to all, plan your next adventure, however you can get there.

David requested that he be cremated with no services. He would rather that you remember the fun, good times. A private spreading of ashes will take place sometime in the future, near water and mountains, as he so loved the outdoors.

A man of optimism, good humor, working hard and common sense, grounded in his farm and country background, he lived life well, and will be greatly missed.

If anyone is so inclined, memorial contributions can be made to: Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi, located at 6645 Poplar Avenue, Suite 211, Germantown, Tennessee 38138

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Updated: Fri, Jul 2, 2021

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