st. Petersburg, FL — David D. McGirr, 81, of St. Petersburg, FL, formerly of Haverhill, died unexpectedly at his home on September 26, 2012.
Born in Boston, January 14, 1931, he was the son of the late David T. and Marjorie (Palmeter) McGirr. Educated in Haverhill Public Schools, he attended Merrimac High School, Wayside Inn High School, in Sudbury, and was a Graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1948.
Mr. McGirr enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1948. A Korean War Veteran, he proudly served in Wiesbaden, Germany and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant in 1955. He would then serve in the Air Force Reserves until 1961, being honorably discharged as 2nd Lieutenant.
Continuing his education, David attended Louisiana State University, Panama Canal Zone, Panama, relocating to University of New Hampshire, and receiving his Masters degree at Penn. State University in 1960.
His career was long and varied; he was employed with theatre groups in the U.S. and Canada. Settling back home in Haverhill, he began at the Hartford life Insurance Company as an underwriter. He then found his career path with the Veterans Administration, working as a councilor for Veterans, in Boston. Transferring to St. Petersburg, FL Veterans Administration twenty-five years ago, retiring in 2000.
Throughout his life, David was a lover of Theatre Arts. During his college years, he was involved in numerous theatrical productions whether it being as a stage hand or actor. While at U.N.H. he was inducted into the Mask and Dagger Honorary Society, and at Penn State, he worked with the Penn State Players Theatre Group. He was a Scoutmaster with Troop 147 at Riverside Church in Haverhill. He gave his time to Toys for Tots program in Florida, and always gave to Veterans Shelter Programs.
He leaves his loving siblings; Doris McGirr, of Haverhill; Robert McGirr and his wife, Diane, of Australia; sister in law, Elaine Camarato, of Colonial Beach, VA; nieces and nephews, Lori Dalton, Timothy Dalton, Pamela Mascaro, Judy Curtis, and John W. Camarato III. He also leaves his beloved friends, Wally, Kat, Sally, and Bunny, in Florida. He was predeceased by his brother, John W. Camarato Jr.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to attend his graveside services officiated by the Rev. Phillip Ray Winders, with Military Honors to be held on Monday, October 15, at 2:00 PM in Walnut Cemetery, Kenoza St. Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the East Parish Meeting House (EPMH) Restoration Fund, 534 East Broadway Haverhill, MA 01830. Arrangements are under the direction of the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. (Rte 125) Haverhill. www.comeaufuneral.com.