A. David Bird of Sparrowbush, N.Y., dies at age 80

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A. David Bird of Sparrowbush, N.Y., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Port Jervis, N.Y. He was 80.

Son of the late Howard and Mary Appleton Bird, he was born in Pougkeepsie, N.Y., on May 30, 1938. He married Janet Durfey Bird, who pre-deceased him.

David retired from the Port Jervis School District as an industrial arts teacher after many years of dedicated service. He was a faithful member, former trustee, and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Jervis.

He was an active member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Masons, #328 F&AM and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Grand Lodge of Masons. He was also a charter member of the New York State Technology Education Association and the Mid-Hudson Retired Teachers Association. Dave served as a former troop committee member for Troop #78 and a former merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America.

Survivors include his three sons, Howard D. Bird and his wife, Carolyn, of Dingmans Fery, Pa., Carlton D. Bird and his wife, Paula, of Otisville, N.Y., and Thomas D. Bird of Sparowbush; his sister, Priscilla Wendover of Hyde Park, N.Y.; his beloved grandchildren, Sarah and Kaitlin Bird; one niece and two nephews.

Visitation be will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by memorial services, on Thursday, Jan. 10, in the First Presbyterian Church, 60 Sussex St., Port Jervis, N.Y. The Rev. Ann Akers will officiate. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 60 Sussex St., Port Jervis, NY 12771; or to the Roosa-Fleming V.F.W. Post #161, 47 Owen St., Port Jervis, NY.

Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, in Port Jervis.

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