Salem, NH — David Joseph Kolifrath, 66, of Salem, N.H., passed peacefully at home on July 4, 2014, surrounded by the love of family and his closest friends, after a courageous, year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.
Devoted husband, father, father-in-law, and Papa, David was born in Methuen, Mass., on December 24, 1947. Son of Alfred and Patricia Kolifrath, David is survived by his wife and soul mate of 45 years, Linda (Moynihan) Kolifrath; devoted daughters, Jennifer and her husband, Matthew Koener of Chester, N.H., and Allison and her husband, Scott C. Robb II of Windham, N.H.; and the lights of his life, his seven beautiful grandchildren, David Landry, Matthew, Elizabeth and Addison Koener, and Emma, Scotty and Brooklyn Robb. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren, David is survived by his brother, Alfred Kolifrath; and sisters, Patricia Christofferson, Elizabeth Knick and Mary Jo Rivela; several cousins; nieces and nephews; loving in-laws; and the best friends a man could ask for. David was predeceased in November 2012, by his daughter, Melissa Kolifrath-Landry.
David received his elementary education at Saint Rita’s Elementary School. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School 1965, and went on to receive his bachelor's in political science at Salem State College and his master's in education at Rivier College.
Dave was a man who touched many many lives. As a group home parent, young teacher, high school principal, and drivers ed instructor, he helped shape the lives of so many young adults. The lessons he taught reached far outside the classroom. David went on to become a successful entrepreneur. As the co-owner of Promises To Keep in Derry, N.H., from 1985 to 2001, and then Searles Castle at Windham from 2001 to the present, and a Justice of the Peace, he continued to touch the lives of so many.