BROOKFIELD — David A. Terry, 78, of Brookfield, died on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield following a brief period of declining health.
He leaves his wife of 53 years, Marcia M. (Phipps) Terry; his son, David A. “Bunk” Terry, Jr. and his wife Michelle of Brookfield; a daughter, Valerie Quadlin and her husband Lance of LaPorte, Indiana; six grandchildren, Cameron, Ethan, Perrin, Clayton, Joshua & Eric as well as eight great-grandchildren; his sister, Gayle Bourdeau of Arizona; two step-brothers, Paul Kelly of Maryland, and James Kelly of Ware, as well as many friends. He was predeceased by his brother Richard Terry. He was born in Ware, son of the late Robert L. and Evelyn I. (Dennis) Terry and was a life-long resident of Brookfield.
Shortly after high school, Mr. Terry enlisted in the United States Navy, and served on the U.S.S. Zellars, a Sumner-class destroyer. After his honorable discharge, he worked as a construction laborer and supervisor for over 30 years, and was a long-time member of the Teamster’s Local 170 in Worcester, and the Laborers International Union 243. When he was younger, he was a member of both the Brookfield Fire Department and the Brookfield Police Departments.
David had a deep love for his entire family. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed going to Nantucket, rabbit hunting with his friends. He was a life-long member of the Brookfield Rod & Gun Club where he served as President for many years and participated in or oversaw most of the improvements and renovations to the club. He was a long-time member of the New England Beagle Club, and running his beagles in the woods was one of his most enjoyable hobbies.
David will be deeply missed by his family and friends. At his request, no services are planned at this time.
Varnum Funeral Home, Inc., 43 East Main St., in West Brookfield is assisting his family with arrangements.