David C. Person, 78, of New Ipswich, New Hampshire and formerly of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his home on March 7, 2018 after a brief period of failing health.
David was born on December 29, 1939 in Orange, New Jersey, son of the late William and Priscilla (Baird) Person. He attended Mount Hermon Preparatory School and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Service Administration before serving honorably in the US Air Force.
David worked as a food service manager both domestically and internationally for more than 35 years. When he retired, David started his own business, the Yankee Handyman, repairing anything and everything people needed help with, something he truly enjoyed.
As a young man, David loved riding and showing his horse. He enjoyed tractors, collecting a variety of models over the years. He coached youth hockey in Lynnfield and enjoyed watching his kids and grandkid’s sporting events. He was an active volunteer in his community giving his time and talent and making new friends with every opportunity.
David is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Deborah (Russell) Person; his son, Scott D. Person and wife Pamela of Cincinnati, OH; his daughter, Julie P. Hailey and her husband Brian of Clinton, MA; his son, Todd W. Person of Pembroke Pines, FL; his daughter, Suzy P. Alexander and her husband Dante of Portland, OR; six grandchildren; Lauren Hailey, Madelyn Person, Lindsey Person, Kirstin Hailey, Darren Hailey, and Collier Person; his brothers, Duncan Person and his wife Deborah of North Port, FL, William Person and his wife Marie of Foxborough, MA, and late younger brother Van Person.
At David's request there will be no calling hours and a celebration of his life will be held later, at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation in his honor to: The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, lls.org, or to Operation Smile, operationsmile.org