BARNARD — A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Universalist Church in Barnard at 11 a.m. for David Paul Harshbarger, who passed away peacefully with his loving caregivers by his side on a perfect summer day, Aug. 26. He was in a beautiful environment in Barnard at the Vail Cottage. Please come share your stories of David’s life. A gathering will be held following this celebration at the Barnard Town Hall.
David was born in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 29, 1946, son of Melvin and Lois Harshbarger.
In 1964 his family moved to Vermont where he has lived ever since.
He graduated from Woodstock Union High School in 1965.
For many years David worked as a carpenter, electrician and general handyman in Woodstock and surrounding areas. His passion was fossil hunting and collecting. He would spend many hours beachcombing, searching for drift seeds and nature’s artifacts that appealed to his artist imagination. David created many beautiful and unique works of art, which he gave to his friends as gifts.
He will be remembered by many for his kind smile, bright eyes and willingness to help at a moment’s notice. David never met a stranger. Even after his cancer diagnosis, four years ago, he remained friendly and positive about his situation.
For the past 31 years David and Dagney lovingly and skillfully rebuilt their home in the Grove on Silver Lake, which they shared with their beloved animals. There was one room remaining to be completed when, on March 15 of this year, the home caught on fire and burned to the ground while they were in Florida. They had hoped to rebuild their home this summer when David’s cancer returned.
David is survived by his life partner, Dagney Trevor, her daughter, Careen Little and beloved grandchildren, Cavan and Delaney Little. He is also survived by his brother, Gary Harshbarger and sisters, Carol Lycett and Sharon LaBombard. Also surviving are his stepmother, Deloris Harshbarger; half-sisters, Della Ethington and Stella Harshbarger; stepsister, Rachel Frank, and stepbrothers Phillip and Dana Spry. David is survived, too, by many nieces, nephews and cousins. He had a special relationship with his nephew, Travis Wilson.
He was predeceased by his parents; half-brother, Loren Harshbarger and stepbrother, Zane Spry.
Donations in David’s name can be made to Vermont Volunteer Services For Animals Humane Society, PO Box 100, Bridgewater, 05034 or a charity of your choice.
His family would like to thank all the caregivers for the wonderful care that was given to David in his final months especially to his nurse, Sherri Lorette of Bayada Hospice. They would especially like to thank Laurel and Rick Tobiason for the wonderful setting of Vail Cottage where David was able to spend his final months.
This obituary first appeared in the September 5, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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