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David T. Whitford Sr.

GOSHEN — David T. Whitford Sr., 80, passed at his home surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He leaves his loving wife of 57 years, Jacqueline.  

David was born in Torrington, son of the late Marguerite (Jasmine) and Gail Whitford.

David worked as a caretaker and was employed by several families in Cornwall. He was a member of both St. Bridget’s Church in Cornwall Bridge and St. Thomas of Villanova in Goshen. 

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and wood worker. A Jack of All Trades, David was skilled at whatever he set his mind and hands to. He and his wife built their own cabin in Maine beginning in the early 1990s. He was able to visit the cabin one last time just two weeks ago. 

David’s father was born on the Fourth of July. To honor him David orchestrated a huge picnic and celebration. That event has become a family tradition for over 50 years. It was something that David looked forward to every year. 

David had two other loves: his grandchildren and great-granddaughter, and his loving dogs.

In addition to his wife, David is survived by his children: Russell “Rusty” Whitford, Kelly Ocain and her husband, Philip, and David T. Whitford Jr. and his wife Carole, all of Goshen; his brother, Robert Whitford of Cornwall; his two sisters, Catherine Harmon of Goshen and Judy Jasch of Harwinton; his dear grandchildren, Andrew Whitford, Michael Ocain, Kendra Whitford andTori Whitford; and his precious great-granddaughter, Maci Whitford. 

David was predeceased by his sister Marie Kearns.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. 

Memorial donations may be sent to either Diamond Creek, 416 Old Middle St., Goshen, CT 06756; or the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, CT 06068. 

Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.

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