David Arthur Lamoureux, 80, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2021 at home with his wife and children by his side. David was born in Keene, NH on September 25th, 1941 to the late Arthur S. and Doris (Chaisson) Lamoureux and was raised in Athol, MA. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1959 and served on the USS Preble until 1964 stationed in both Long Beach and San Diego, CA. After serving his term, he enrolled in linotype school in Boston to learn the newspaper printing trade and accepted a job at Essex County Newspaper, bringing him to Newburyport. He worked there for 37 years. After early retirement he enjoyed working at Atlantic Health and Fitness in Seabrook, NH for another 10 years before his full retirement. He married Marion C. (Dedinas), also from Athol, in 1967 and settled in Newburyport where they raised their family and have lived for 53 years.
Dave, who was affectionately known as the Hammer by friends and family, enjoyed sports his entire life. In his younger years he played men’s softball, tennis, hiked and ran in road races. Later in life he took up pickleball and ping pong. But it was his love of water and the ocean that got him into his true passion of competitive canoe and outrigger racing. Dave was well known in the New England race circuit and competed in well over 700 races, including the Nationals, spanning over 50 years.
He encouraged his children to play sports too and spent countless hours in the backyard with them practicing baseball and softball, as well as lots of time skating on ponds and in hockey rinks with his son, and attending all their games in high school. He also loved watching his grandsons play baseball, basketball, football and soccer.
Dave had a strong love of music and enjoyed attending live local concerts during Yankee Homecoming each year with his wife. He also cherished spending time on Plum Island at his daughter’s home.
Dave is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years Marion, his daughter Kim, son Kevin and two grandsons, William and Matthew. Sister-in-law Joan Dedinas, brother-in-law Richard Dedinas and wife Penny, niece Amy and nephew Marc. He also leaves his long-time friend and canoeing partner Steve Nyman, who was like a brother to him.
Per Dave’s wishes services will be private. The Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950 is assisting Mr. Lamoureux’s family with his arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in David’s name to the American Heart Association PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
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