PITTSFIELD - David Reginald Atwood, 64, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at West Roxbury Veterans Hospital after a long fight with throat cancer. David was born Aug. 3, 1948, in Skowhegan.
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He grew up in Bingham and graduated from Valley High School, class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from 1967-1970, including one tour of duty in Vietnam. Dave was very proud of his military service, serving in the Paratroopers and Elite Parachute Rigger Detachment. He served with and was trained by many of the pioneers in parachute development. He also ran Fort Lee Sport Parachute Club after returning from Vietnam, as well as training Special Forces in jump school. David graduated from Unity College with a forestry degree in 1975. After that he worked for United Postal Service. He later went on to own his own taxidermy and guide business. He also worked several years operating heavy equipment in the Allagash and North Western Maine, and then worked for several hospitals in the central Maine area as a boiler operator and maintenance man. He semi-retired in 2011 and took up a part-time job at Towne Motel, Skowhegan. He considered himself a naturalist and had a love for animals, especially his many dogs. He often said his dogs knew more than many of the people he had met in his life. David never really found his niche in life and was somewhat of a lone wolf, and often said he didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up.
He was predeceased by his parents, Reginald and Lucille Atwood; and brother, Richard Atwood. He is survived by his three children, Linn Gilbert and husband, Cameron, of Chester, Va., Karyn Foster, and husband, Chris, and their three sons, Cole, Brett and Tyson, of Colonial Heights, Va., and John Atwood and wife, Jana, and their two daughters, Payton and Reagan of Benton; brothers, Donald Atwood and wife, Margorie, of Fairfield, and Gary Atwood and wife, Connie, of Bingham; sisters, Betty Harmon of Bingham, and Barbara Coolidge and husband, Greg, of Etna: many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was particularly fond of his nephews, Mark and Michael Atwood. The family thanks David's cousin, Sonny; and sister, Barbara for the many hours of companionship provided to him in his last months, and many thanks to West Roxbury Veterans Hospital of Massachusetts for his tender care during his last weeks.
At his request there will be no visiting hours. A graveside committal for family and close friends will take place 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in BDN Maine on Nov. 8, 2012