SHELDON — David Terrance McEnany, age 68, passed away Friday evening, March 21, 2014.
Dave was born in Richford on Oct. 29, 1945 the son of the late Edith B. (Long) and Carlton R. McEnany. Dave grew up in Sheldon on the McEnany farm; he was the third of five generations there. While growing up he enjoyed eating his mother’s homemade pies, fudge and popcorn balls, he also liked to raid his mother’s garden of the first ripe strawberries and tomatoes. As a small boy he was known to be adventurous and mischievous with the local Severance boys. He graduated from BFA St. Albans class of 1963. After graduation, Dave attended Auto Body Tech School in Burlington and worked for Goss Dodge.
On June Dairy Day of 1966, Dave met his future bride, Connie Young. Although Dave had no pick-up line, he did have a ’63 Ford Fairlane convertible that caught Connie’s eye. Dave and Connie dated for another four years, the cars got better and better, and finally when Dave purchased that maroon ’66 Dodge Polara convertible with white stripes Connie said yes to his proposal! They were married June 7, 1969 and soon after started their family of four: Shawn, Eric, Kalin and Meagan. Dave enjoyed auto body work so much that he started his own shop called ‘Dave’s Auto Body’ on the family farm in Sheldon. For 22 years, Dave loved working on cars which included a ’69 Z28, a ’70 Pontiac Judge and a ’63 little blue convertible. The ’63 Corvette had to be traded towards their future home, which was a house trailer put on the family farm.
Dave’s favorite memories were snowmobiling, duck hunting, enjoying roaster pans full of corn on the cob next to the bon fire, listening to the bears hoot up in the deep Gibou with his family and best friend, Thurm Martin and family get together’s. Connie and her ‘Pool Boy’ enjoyed listening to their 60’s tunes, while holding hands and reminiscing about the ‘good ole’ days’. Every morning Dave could be found in his rocking chair reading his Bible. As family and friends know Dave had the gift of talk, anyone that knew him could find him at the local restaurant almost daily. No matter what the subject was he turned the persons’ attention to the Bible. He had a strong faith in the Bible’s hope for the future and a great love for his God, Jehovah, family and the worldwide organization of his brothers and sisters.
Dave and Connie established ‘Paradise Pools and Spas’ in 1989. It’s still going today and over the years many of our customers became very close friends. Dave enjoyed working side by side with his sons, Shawn, Eric and Kalin and grandson, Dylan. He eventually graduated to his “corporate office” where he would work on repairing pumps and filters, or where his daughter, Meagan, would find him cat-napping on the boxes.
Dave’s family is looking forward to the fulfillment of a favorite scripture of his: Isaiah 26:19 “Your dead will live. My corpses will rise up. Awake and shout joyfully, you residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of the morning. And earth will let those powerless in death come to life.” Until then, Dave will be dearly missed by his wife, Connie; they were married for 44 years. Their sons, Shawn and his wife, Melinda, Eric and his wife, Michelle, Kalin and his wife, Danielle; a daughter, Meagan and her husband, Berkley; grandchildren, Dylan, Alyssa, Brendon and Addison; a sister, Lenora and her husband Barry; nieces, Lisa and Beth; several extended family members and many friends.
Visiting hours will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.
A service will be held Sunday, March 30 at 2:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1122 Sampsonville Road, Enosburg Falls. The family asks for those who will attend to please carpool as parking is limited.
For those who wish, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, C/O Janssen Sleeper, P.O. Box 1105, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450.
Condolences may be sent to David’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.