David Dean Berry
Apr 11, 1963 - Mar 17, 2017
- David Dean Berry passed away unexpectedly Friday March 17, 2017. Dave was born in Gardiner April 11, 1963 the son of Charles Berry and Shirley (Rankins) Cheney.
He graduated from Wiscasset High School in 1981. Upon graduation he joined the army where he served as a military policeman. After serving, he attended Fitchburg State College, and was a lifelong learner at the College of Hard Knocks.
Dave worked at LeGarage in High School, many years at Raytheon/General Dynamics, and for the past several years, at the State of Maine DHHS, Office of Aging and Disability Services.
He was an active member of the Gardiner Elks Lodge #1293 where he served as a 5 Year Trustee, 1 Year Exalted Ruler, and Chairman of Candles For Cures for MCCP.
He was an avid poker and dart player. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his father, nephews and friends. He enjoyed singing karaoke, golf and pool.
Dave had a level head and a passion for figuring things out, helping others to do the same. He said what he meant, meant what he said and did what he said he was going to do, no matter the challenge.
He is predeceased by his grandparents Hazel and Deola Berry, grandfather Kenneth Rankins, and nephew Alexander Cheney.
He is survived by his daughter Rachael M. Berry, his 'wife' April Hall, his father Charles and wife Ann Berry, mother Shirley Cheney, sisters Patricia and Tom Ward, Cherri and Tony Belanger, Tracey and Ray Thombs, Carol and Daniel Lemieux, Jennifer and Elliott Frazen, Kathy Bolduc, Carolyn McKinzie, grandmother Florence McDonald, parent in laws Ralph L. Hall Sr and wife Gloria J., brother in law Ralph L Hall Jr and wife Shelli, many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and 'pseudo' family members Denice, Ayden, Aaron and Weston Young and many friends.
Visitation will take place Thursday March 23 6-8pm at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue in Gardiner
Service/Full Military Honors will take place Friday March 24 9am at the New Maine Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Augusta
Celebration of Life (Weekend at Bernie's) will take place at the Gardiner Elks Lodge following the Service/Honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Maine Childrens Cancer Program and the Maine Veterans.