Walter H. David, Jr. ’65 (BUS)

Mr. Walter H. David, Jr., of Pooler, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia.

Walter was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York to the late Walter H. David, Sr. and Gertrude Mahoney David. When Walter came into the world, his father was on active duty in the Navy during WWII and his father was granted leave to attend his first child’s Baptism at twelve days old.  Walter was the oldest of four children, having two younger brothers and a sister.  In childhood, he and his brother, Bob, enjoyed model train sets with their father.  Later in life Walter built an extensive train board which he enjoyed with his grandchildren; he was an active Boy Scout and achieved the second highest rank of Life Scout; he regularly participated in youth activities at his church; in high school he was in the senior play and lettered in football, baseball and basketball at East Meadow High School on Long Island, New York and attended the University of Connecticut on a full football scholarship where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Education.  He remained a life long die-hard fan of all things UConn.

While teaching business education at Roslyn High School, Walter met the love of his life, Linda Bishop. After a brief courtship they were married on May 26, 1968 in North Bellmore, Long Island, New York. Together they adopted two daughters and raised their family in Blue Point, Long Island, New York.  Linda and Walter enjoyed playing tennis together for many years and often entertained family and friends for barbeques and holiday gatherings.  As a family, Walter, Linda and his girls traveled often, visiting family or just for fun, attended Mets games at Shea stadium, and enjoyed numerous Broadway shows.  Walter never missed an opportunity to surprise his family with tickets, trips, dresses, necklaces, and other thoughtful gestures to show his family his love.  In his spare time, Walter loved playing golf and could often be found in his garage fixing things, organizing his plethora of tools and gadgets, and building furniture and toys for his family and friends.

Throughout his work career, Walter transitioned from teaching high school to a position as Operations Manager at Angenieux which imported and serviced high quality optics camera lenses for the broadcast and film industries.  Angenieux lenses have taken part in space exploration beginning in 1964. Walter loved sharing the story of being involved in the use of an Angenieux lens in the first color television camera taken by the Apollo 12 mission to the moon in 1969.

Over 20 years later, in the 1980’s, Walter developed a second career as a financial advisor. He retired from LPL Financial after twenty plus years of dedicated service to his clients. Throughout his finance career, Walter always went above and beyond to develop lifelong relationships with his clients and colleagues.

During his life Walter always loved and supported his wife and children, his siblings, nieces and nephews, as well as so many family friends. He loved telling stories, cracking jokes, cooking, woodworking, tending the yard, tinkering with his trains, visiting with his grandchildren, and of course following his beloved UConn Huskies.  He was always up for a Long Island Ducks baseball game, a trip to Harbor Freight, or a meal at Cheddar’s Restaurant.  Walter delighted in sharing his knowledge and wisdom with his daughters, his son-in-law, and his grandchildren at any chance he got.  In his later years, despite several health issues including coronary artery disease, he continued to be a devoted husband, father and provider and always looked out for those he loved. He enriched the lives of others by the lessons he taught, the love he offered, the stories he shared, and the strength of character he possessed which will all be cherished and a part of many treasured memories.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Linda Bishop David; children Elaine F. David-Mimbs (Patrick) and Diana Lynn Browning; grandchildren Noah David Browning, age 15, Bailey Grace Browning, age 13, and Walker Durden Browning, age 8; siblings Robert E. David (Eileen), Arlene B. Mobarak, Dr. Douglas R. David (Julie); nieces and nephews Suzanne Mobarak (fiancé Tom Domery), Lorraine Mobarak, Brian David (Allyson), Rebecca Bardakjy (Tim), Kathryn Obert (Nich) and Andrew David (Cate).