David passed away at age 86 on February 9, 2012, at the St. Regis Nursing Facility, surrounded by his devoted caregivers and the presence of his family’s love. David was a resident of St. Regis since May 2011. Friends and neighbors wishing to call on David’s family are invited to attend an informal reception at the American Legion, Fenton St., Waddington, on Sunday, February 19, from 1 - 4 p.m.
Graveside services with military honors will be held late spring of 2012, date and time to be announced later with an invitation for family and friends to attend.
David was born on October 24, 1925, in Brasher Falls, the only son of the late David L. and Anna Mae (Mackie) Shampine.
He is survived by hiswife of 49 years, Sonja; sons, David II (Kathy) and Norman (Pam); daughters Deanna (John), Michelle, Monica, Melanie, and Judy; daughter-in-law, Peggy; sister, Anita; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by daughter, Joanne; a son, Walter; a granddaughter, Megan; and six sisters, Beulah Wood, Kate Tucker, Elizabeth Balazy, Joyce Mallory, Laurel Cross and Eleanor Shampine.
David was educated in the Brasher-Stockholm School District. In 1939, at age 14, he attended the Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Ottawa, Canada, as a member of the St. Lawrence Council of the Boy Scouts of America “Guard of Honor.” A Wold War II Veteran, at age 18, David enlisted in the US Marine Corps on Dec. 20, 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater where he participated in active combat at the Battle of Okinawa, Ryuku Island. He was honorably discharged in March 1946. He then enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in July 1949. He was called to active duty shortly before the end of the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in September 1951 at Camp Lejeune, NC.
David was a 30 year member of the Union Local 278. He was a highly skilled millwright, welder and carpenter. He was employed by many major contractors throughout the United States, including construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project. He sadly retired in 1983 due to failing health. David was a member of the Waddington United Methodist Church, a 44 year member of the American Legion Post 420, Waddington, a retired member of the Waddington Volunteer Fire Department, as well as a past member of local Lion’s and Elk’s clubs. He served the American Legion as Post Commander and Adjutant. He also served as Commander of the St. Lawrence County Organization of the American Legion 1980-81, and as Sergeant of Arms for the American Legion 4th District Organization, Department of New York.
Throughout his life, David had a great love of the outdoors. An avid sportsman, he treasured time spent hunting, fishing on the St. Lawrence River, or fly fishing the brooks and streams of the Adirondacks. For David, summers meant time spent in his boat with his favorite fishing buddy, Jerry Barkley, who sadly hung up his fishing gear well before his time. Together, they were a formidable fishing duo, participating in tournaments throughout New York and eastern Canada. As a 28 year member of the Bruner Hill Hunting Club, he enjoyed many years of time spent at camp tracking the elusive Adirondack Whitetail and playing poker with the boys.
After suffering a stroke in January 2008, he was no longer able to participate in these activities. David had a great appreciation of time spent with family and friends and visits from his grandchildren. As a resident of the St. Regis Nursing Home since May 2011, David received quality, loving care from the nursing staff. The family wishes to convey their sincere appreciation and is forever grateful. The family also wishes to convey a sincere thank you to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley for their support and participation in David’s comfort care.
If one wishes, memorial donations may be made in David’s name to any of the following organizations: Waddington Volunteer Rescue Squad, Waddington Rod and Gun Club, or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home, Waddington.