David Prince

David A. Prince

Sunday, September 20th, 1942 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

The Honorable David A. Prince, a life-long resident of Fredonia, NY, passed away on July 2, 2020 at the age of 77. He was born September 20, 1942 in Brooks Hospital to the late Arthur F. and Charlotte (Schwertfager) Prince English.

David is survived by his loving wife, caregiver and best friend for over 30 years, Susan Marsh; his son, David A Prince II (Sheryl) of Minneapolis, MN; grandson, Joseph David (JD) Prince; and his dog, Hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Patricia A Logan of Fredonia, NY.

David graduated from Fredonia Central High School, class of 1961, and, after his military service, from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s academy. David grew up helping to run his family business, a local service station, where he worked after school and weekends from the age of 10 until his father’s untimely death when he was only 18.

David was drafted into the US Army in 1964 where he served as a MP (Military Policeman). He was stationed at Fort Hood, TX until his first assignment as a bodyguard to Martin Luther King and marchers during the 1965 legendary march for civil rights, from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Soon after, he was deployed to Vietnam (1965-1966). While there, along with his normal duties, he was assigned to escort and protect General William Westmoreland and Vice President Hubert Humphrey during their visits to Saigon.
After returning from the service in 1966, David began his long-time career with the Dunkirk and Fredonia Telephone Company where he worked for 35 years. On July 1, 1967 he was appointed as the Town of Sheridan’s police officer. He worked the next 23 years, nights and weekends, as their Chief of Police. In 1970 David was appointed as a Special Deputy Sheriff for the County of Chautauqua by Sheriff John Bentley. He was the first Chautauqua County police officer to be certified as an EMT.
In 1990 David was elected as the Town of Pomfret Justice, a position he held until 2015. In 1997 he was also elected as the Village of Fredonia Justice, a position he held until shortly before his death.

David was a volunteer fireman with D. R. Barker Hose Co. since 1962 and the Sheridan Fire Department when he lived in Sheridan. He was a member of the Fredonia United Methodist Church. David was a charter and life member of the Sheridan VFW, a life member and past president of the Chautauqua County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, and a member and past president of the Van Buren Bay Association. He was also a member of the Shorewood County Club, the Dunkirk Exempt Firemen, the Elks Club, the NYS and Chautauqua County Magistrates Associations, and a past member of the Dunkirk Yacht Club.
David has never been afraid of hard work, working two to three jobs all his life. Even with failing health, he still continued to work until he was no longer able. He took his work to heart and always gave it all he had. His greatest joy was helping someone turn their life around. David will be missed dearly by his friends, family and all who knew him.

There will be an opportunity for members of the community to pay their respects and share a memory in the Memory Book at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home on Tuesday July 7th, from 12 noon- 7 pm. On-line condolences and tributes may be made at larsontimkofuneral.com. Because of the restrictions of COVID-19 the family will not be present but will enjoy reading your treasured memories. Private services will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020. A graveside committal, with full military honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Vetrans Council, will be held Saturday July 11, 2020 at Forest Hill Cemetery at 12:15 pm. David's gravesite is located near Lambert Avenue in Fredonia. Please assemble and park outside the cemetery fencing. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation or Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care. Arrangements by David J. Dengler.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 12:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Larson-Timko Funeral Home
    Address
    20 Central Avenue
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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    Notes
    There will be an opportunity for members of the community to pay their respects and share a memory in the Memory Book at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home on Tuesday July 7th, from 12 noon- 7 pm. On-line condolences and tributes may be made at larsontimkofuneral.com. Because of the restrictions of COVID-19 the family will not be present but will enjoy reading your treasured memories. Private services will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020. A graveside committal, with full military honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Vetrans Council, will be held Saturday July 11, 2020 at Forest Hill Cemetery at 12:15 pm. David's gravesite is located near Lambert Avenue in Fredonia. Please assemble and park outside the cemetery fencing. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation or Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.
  • Interment

    Location
    Forest Hill Cemetery
    Address
    Lambert Avenue
    FREDONIA, NY 14063
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    Notes
    A graveside committal, with full military honors will be accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Vetrans Council, will be held Saturday July 11, 2020 at Forest Hill Cemetery at 12:15 pm. David's gravesite is located near Lambert Avenue in Fredonia. Please assemble and park outside the cemetery fencing. Please wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, private services will be held on Saturday July 11, 2020. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation or Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care.

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Posted at 09:59am
Dear Sue, We are so sorry to hear about David's passing. We are thinking of you and you are in our prayers. With deepest sympathy,
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JOHN H COBB

Posted at 02:02pm
From High School and forward to years of public service, David and I had shared a special friendship.

When I saw his resignation in the paper, I had planned to contact him and renew old memories. That, unfortunately, never happened and I will always regret that. 

However, the many accolades I have read about Dave's long career in community and public service, clearly shows that he was respected and loved by everyone. Probably even by some defendants who appeared before him as well.

I remember his Dad's gas station, Dave's time at Fort Hood (where I also was stationed), time at Van Buren and many joint interests in law enforcement, the courts and public service/safety.

I will remember his smile and his cheerful attitude.  He was always a pleasure to be around and made many of us laugh with our common interests.

He truly will be missed.

John H Cobb
Chief of Department
Lynwood Fire Department
Lynwood, IL 60411
708-243-5632
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Douglas VanDette

Posted at 10:37pm
My deepest sympathies to Susan and David Prince II and families.
I was honored to have known Dave most of my entire life. I earliest memories of Dave was when I was about 7 years old. He used to spend a lot of time at our house when he was dating my cousin Tootsie. He would bet me a quarter that I couldn't make him say 'Uncle'. So I gave him my best shot, but he just laughed. As time went by, I was able to make him say 'Uncle' and whatever else I wanted him to say. We used to have a lot of fun together. He was a dear cousin as well as true friend that I could always count on. He helped me and my family many times over the years and was especially close to my father and mother. They too, loved him dearly. Farewell Dave.
Douglas VanDette
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Tony Falcone

Posted at 08:33pm
Our condolences to Sue and the family. Dave was a great public servant and it was always a pleasure to visit with him. With his smile and laugh he always lit up the room. We have the fond memory of purchasing our first (and last) bag phone from Dave.
He drove a hard bargain, but he was reasonable and fair. R.I.P David.
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marilyn abbey

Posted at 06:19pm
Dave was a wonderful, generous, caring man with an amazing career. I really only got to know him after my brother Mike Rouse died 8 years ago. No Rouses have lived in Fredonia for many years, but Dave was Mike's lifelong friend, and his help made it possible for us to have a special cemetery service, and a memorial luncheon in the town that will always be home to us. Since then, I've tried to connect with Dave when I've returned to WNY, and feel lucky to have had coffee with him just about this time last year, at the place I'll always think of as Stanton's Diner. He had the most amazing positive attitude about his illness then, and seemed at peace with whatever life held for him. I greatly admire him, and I know he helped many, many people. A life well lived.
-- Marilyn (Rouse) Abbey

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