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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of David Arthur Allen, aged 83, of Rensselaer, who peacefully departed from this world on January 11, 2024, surrounded by his devoted family.
Born March 24, 1940, to Herman and Barbara Allen in Newburyport, Massachusetts; David was the second of five children. After graduating Newburyport High School in 1958, David went on to serve with distinction in the United States Navy from 1958-1964. Soon after, David founded and was the CEO of Westford Anodizing Corporation from 1974 to 2004. He was very active in the local Rotary club of Graniteville and Westford, as well as the VFW and American Legion in West Newbury.
In addition to his professional achievements David had a passion for rebuilding classic cars, fishing, puzzles, sky diving and reading. A man of many talents, he was a skilled handyman who could build any car, fix any gadget, and lend you an entertaining story at the same time. And thanks to the discipline of US Naval service he could clean a kitchen until you could eat off the floor, and pack the back of the station wagon like some magical tetris wizard.
But his deepest, most abiding passion was for his family. David and Barbara married in 1965 and for (58) years raised their daughters Jessica, Amanda, and Samantha in a house they built in West Newbury, Massachusetts and shared with David’s mother-in-law Bernice Warner.
David was a truly devoted and dedicated father and thoughtful husband. Before it became commonplace, he happily became a “carpool dad” driving his daughters to every lesson, rehearsal and sporting event. David was frequently seen behind his video camera filming all manner of theatre production, dance and vocal recital his daughter Jessie was part of. He proudly hung daughter Amanda’s artwork in a place of prominence right next to his father’s landscape paintings and was always happy to help bathe and graze ponies. He would freely brag about daughter Samantha’s gymnastics abilities and career achievements. And he never once shied away from last minute science project requests.
As his daughters started families of their own, David became a playful and committed grandfather to his three grandsons, Azaani Allen, Rollins David Eason and Desmond Eason.
David shares a birthday with his eldest grandson, Azaani that they always celebrated jointly. He passed down many priceless skills to Azaani from teaching him to fish, engineer the perfect prank, make a great grilled cheese, work on a car, and most importantly, how to hold a flashlight properly.
In 2014 they retired to Bradenton, Florida for the sunshine and relaxation. Then in 2022 they moved to Rensselaer, New York to live with their daughter Amanda, and grandson Azaani.
David was predeceased by Herman Allen, Barbara Allen, Herman Jr. Allen, Clifford Allen, Bernice Warner, and Samantha Allen. He is survived by his wife Barbara Allen, his daughters Jessica Eason, Amanda Allen, his grandsons Azaani Allen, Rollins Eason and Desmond Eason, and his son-in-law, James Eason brother James Allen, and his sister Patricia Goodhue.
Family and friends are invited to David’s Memorial Service at 3:00 PM on Saturday February 3, 2024 at the Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950. His calling hours will follow the Service until 6:00 PM. Burial will be private.
For directions or to offer online condolences please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com