He started his career in hockey around the time that most men hang up their skates. Dave played with the Flames from age 48 to well into his sixties. His favorite time all year was the annual alumnae game against the Flyers; he was the #1 fan of the Broad Street Bullies. He’d cheer for any team in football as long as it was Notre Dame. Dave served in the US Air Force as an air policeman which would eventually lead to his career in security. He later segued into US Steel, Trenton Corrections and Riverfront Corrections. He kept his mind sharp with a steady stream of video, 45 RPM’s, Sudoku and his rhythm with Bill Haley and the Comets: Rock, Rock, Rock around the clock.
T.V. was great except for those pesky commercials: in the battle against them his remote was his weapon of choice. Doing things “his way” Dave and Linda drove to Disney every year: he didn’t fly; unusual for a guy with an Air Force background. Christmas brought out the child in Dave: he had a large collection of musical animals and family added to the collection with gifts.
New Years Eve was special to Dave and Linda: it was when they met. Not so much a couple in ‘97 but in ‘98 things went well. ‘99 saw them getting married. Dave is survived by their children: David Keegan, Colleen Martin, Dean Keegan, Cheryl Lowden, Joseph Kieper and Michelle Little; 14 grandchildren and 4 great granddaughters. He was predeceased by a brother, Victor Vittorino.
Come celebrate the life of the King of Pop Tarts (81 years) Friday February 3, 10-11 a.m. at Daley Life Celebration Studio, Swedesboro where there will be a 11 a.m. storytime service.
Donations to Deborah Hospital (Deborahfoundation.org) in Dave’s name will be appreciated.