Obituary of David Robert Hafele
David Robert Hafele, 60, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2019, after his short battle with cancer at Glens Falls Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Walton on April 8, 1958, the son of the late Robert David and Dianne (Kilpatrick) Hafele. He shared his childhood with his sister, Brenda, brother, Joe and the Hendee cousins.
David graduated from Walton Central School, Class of ‘76, where he found joy playing football and wrestling, all while working as a proud dairy herdsman for Dreamstreet. After high school, he mastered his skills and talents in carpentry and masonry. David had a strong work ethic and derived satisfaction and pride as a skilled builder for over 40 years.
Next to his family, David loved being outdoors. This was reflected in his dedication to planting trees, hunting, fishing, gardening and his love for bluebirds. He was generous with his time and talents and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone in need. He had an infectious smile, laugh and a generous nature.
David is survived by his wife of 36 years, Cathy Ann (Howard) Hafele; his children, Joshua David Hafele (Tazhiana Gordon) and Jaimee Lynn Hafele; sister, Brenda Dwyer (Kevin); and brother, Joseph Hafele (Mary). Also surviving is his extended family, aunt, Sandra Hendee; uncle, Dick and aunt, Mary Hafele; nieces and nephew, Maggie, Ryan, Molly, Brie and Liza. David is also survived by several beloved cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.
The Hafele family wishes to extend a most heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the oncology unit at Glens Falls Hospital for their love, support, dedication and compassion for David and our family.
Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday, March 27, at the West Hebron Presbyterian Church, 3153 County Route 30, Salem. In lieu of calling hours, there will be a time to greet the family at 1 p.m. followed by a service at 2.
Memorial contributions may be made to West Hebron Presbyterian Church or Steps for Strokes in memory of David.
Arrangements were entrusted to Robert M. King Funeral Home in Granville.