David Allen Guy: It is with overwhelming sadness we share the passing of David on April 12’th, 2022 after a long battle with cancer. David was born in Hartford, CT, and placed into foster care. He remained in foster care until he was adopted at 15 years old. David attended high school in Wethersfield, CT. He was an accomplished athlete in track and field, and described by his friends as being fun-loving and as witty and having a great sense of humor. Immediately after graduating high school, David joined the Marine Corps in September 1957 and served until September 1965. He was discharged with honor.
David was an avid outdoorsman, a “guy’s guy,” who loved his Red Sox, and never missed a women’s Huskies game. He had a quick grin, fast comeback and great sense of humor. David was predeceased by his beloved family: his wife and two small daughters who were killed in a tragic automobile accident. Growing up in foster care-and having lived in many foster homes, David always longed for his own family and the loss of his wife and two little girls was devastating.
David, in his words, spent “more years of his life alone than he did living with people.” At 82, and living alone, he found himself living in unsafe living conditions when a limb fell on his mobile home and damaged his roof. Unable to fix the roof himself, the roof leaked and the trailer filled with mold and mildew-causing health issues. With the help of his friend Cheryl Haase and with support from his community of North Stonington, who rallied around him, David got the help he needed and landed at the Veterans Base Camp in Chaplin CT. At Base Camp, David felt a sense of true belonging among his veteran “brothers”..
At Base Camp he totally enjoyed: teasing the interns, vets, volunteers, Cindy, the director. He loved staying up late to watch the women Huskies play their hearts out with his brother veterans and told Cheryl: “this is home” and that he finally felt like “he was part of a family”, something that he had dreamed of for so very long.
David will forever be remembered for his quick wit, big grin, caring heart and the determination to live life on his own terms. His quick wit, big heart and company are sorely missed by those who had the gift of truly knowing him. Semper Fidelis David. Godspeed our friend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The David A. Guy Memorial Fund that has been established in David’s honor, to help other veterans in need: Veterans Base Camp, 108 England Road, Chaplin CT. 06235 or at www.veteransbasecampinc.org. A Memorial Service, with Full Military Honors will be held at Veterans Base Camp, address is above, on May 9’th, at 1:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St. Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com