David D. Berry

Posted:  Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:45pm

David Dean Berry of Hallowell died unexpectedly 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 Le Garage while 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 five year trustee, one 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 was 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; parents-in-law, 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, 6-8 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home,53 Brunswick Avenue in Gardiner

Service with full military honors will take place Friday, March 24 at 9 a.m. at the New Maine Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Augusta

Celebration of Life will take place at the Gardiner Elks Lodge following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Maine Children's Cancer Program and the Maine Veterans.