Penfield NY: 09/18/1963 – 01/25/2023
Passed away at the age of 59 after a four year battle with colon cancer. Predeceased by father John Mitchell. Survived by mother Joan Mitchell; wife of nearly 30 years Mary Ann; children Anthony, Elenie and Michael. Also survived by siblings Mark, Bradley (Elizabeth) and Terrie Beck (Norman); in-laws Robert/Linda Ciecierega, Barbara/Leonard Oleksy, Linda/Art Lipp, Peggy/Roger Papaj as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, relatives, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Dave was employed by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a geotechnical engineer. Although he retired in 2021, he worked part time in 2022 due to his passion for his career. Dave proudly served his country. Dave coached youth lacrosse and football when the children were young. He enjoyed golfing, kayaking, hiking, and traveling. Dave was a sports enthusiast and especially loved the Buffalo Bills, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.
The family would like to thank Highland Hospital and the University of Rochester Hospice team for their wonderful assistance in Dave’s final days. Thanks to all the University of Rochester staff for providing four years of diligent medical care.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held Saturday 2/18/2023 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Irondequoit Country Club, 4045 East Ave, Rochester NY 14618. Ceremony begins at 11:30 AM. Refreshments will be provided. Casual dress is preferred, especially your favorite team sports attire. A box will be provided for submitting photographs and memories.
Donations for a memory bench at Dave’s favorite local park can be made to: https://gofund.me/7acc5747
We are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Dave was an amazing person who taught us so much. We will always love him and remember how great of a dad he was to his wonderful children, how loving he was to our aunt, and how caring he was to us. XO.
All 5 of us will be there.
Mitch was our dear friend and we’ll miss him terribly. Always kind. Always up. Always FUN! His legacy lives on in his beautiful children who meant everything to him.
We are grieving now but will always cherish Mitch’s great family and wonderful friendship. All memories will forever bring a smile, laugh and thoughts of our a great, dearly loved friend.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Mary Ann and her children on the passing of our beloved brother in law, Dave. He will be sadly missed by everyone in his life. He was a exceptionally great man with so many talents. We will be attending the service for him.
Dave was that coworker with a gentle smile and bright eyes as he greeted you hello in the hallway. He genuinely asked how you were doing and stopped to hear the answer. I always looked forward to bumping into him in the hall, knowing no matter how busy we were or hectic the day, there would be a pause to talk, check in, and take a breath. His voice was soft, his kindness genuine, and I always returned to my desk from those brief hallway hellos with a smile because of Dave. May you find comfort knowing he will watch over your family until you meet again.
We are so very sorry for your loss. We have the sweetest memories of the whole Mitchell family from our time living two doors down from you all. Dave and Brad spent lots of time playing outside with all the kids. It was always an adventure ! Dave’s love for his family was evident in his life in so many ways and we are blessed to call you friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
I would like to express the sympathy of the entire Sweeney family. Dave grew up with my brother Mark in Olean and my son Matt went to school with Anthony. I got to know Dave through our kids school activities, sporting events and seeing him often working out at the YMCA in Penfield. Best wishes to your family during a difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. Enjoyed working with Dave at Golder Associates. Great engineer and we had a lot of good times. Our deepest condolences Mary Ann.
Brian & Kathy Senefelder
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of such a great neighbor and person. Wonderful guy who laughed and cheered me up whenever I saw him and during a tough personal time. Always willing to help out. Will be missed!!
Dear Mary Ann,
You are in our thoughts and have our condolences for the passing of Dave. We will remember Dave as a friend and good person.
Tony and Karen Grasso
MaryAnn, I’m saddened by the news of your husbands passing. I pray that Angel’s surround you and walk with you, That Jesus meets you right where you are, and directs your every moment. Know that Our Savior understands this pain and loss- The Bible says: in John 11:35 “Jesus wept. ”- In the literal sense, Jesus cried in tears. Jesus wept because he saw the anguish of those he loves. ( John 11:32-26)
Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
I will pray Maryann ,that your strength increases through peace
“ a peace which is as Far as the East is from the west”
Dave was truly a remarkable person. He was a gifted engineer and mentor in the workplace, but more importantly a gentle soul and committed friend to all who knew him. My sincere condolences to Dave’s family; I hope the good memories are always with you.
Mary Ann, Anthony, Elenie and Michael my condolences to you and your family. Dave always had a smile and was one of the nicest person I had ever met. May your memories give you comfort and make you smile with love when you remember him
We are so very sorry for Dave’s passing. I still remember how warmly he welcomed us when we first moved in. We couldn’t have asked for a better neighbor. He’s always greeted us with a smile and willing to help. He will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and God bless your family.