David Nicholas Meccariello, 72, U.S. Navy vet and civilian military worker

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David Nicholas Meccariello
David Nicholas Meccariello

David Nicholas Meccariello, 72, of Williamsburg, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 29, 2016. David was born on October 21, 1943, in Sharon, Conn., and raised in Pine Plains, N.Y., where he attended Pines Plains Central School.

David enlisted in the U.S. Navy in March 1963 as a gunner’s mate technician and served four honorable years of active military service. After proudly serving his country, he continued working for the military as a civilian at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown for 39 years until his retirement in 2006.

Never an idle man, he went back to work at Governor’s Land as a mechanic until May 2016. In addition to spending time with his wife of 33 years and family, who he deeply cherished, David was an avid landscaper and gardener throughout his life. He was a conservationist who loved nature. He was known as a man with a big heart, volunteering his time with the Boy Scouts of America as a Webelos leader of Pack 105, scoutmaster of Troop 105, assisting with York River State Park’s “Clean the Bay,” and as unit commissioner of the Colonial District. He also assisted with numerous disaster-relief missions with Williamsburg United Methodist Men.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Giacomo Meccariello Sr. and Ann Hoppner, and sister, Pamela.

Survivors include his wife, Cheri Meccariello; five children, Michael Gay Jr., Nichole Babcock (Mark), Jacqueline Caper (Omer), Patric Jones (Nathan Sr.) and Patrick Gay (Melissa); brothers, Jack Meccariello Jr., Herman Meccariello and Kenneth Meccariello; and 17 grandchildren. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

We will miss you so much, dad. You were known for all your composure, loyalty, unquestionable integrity, incredible work ethic, care and compassion.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Bucktrout Funeral Home, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg.

In his memory, memorial contributions may be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Colonial Virginia Council, 11834 Canon Blvd., Newport News, VA 23606; or Hospice House & Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188.

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