David R. Heath, 54, of Ringoes, N.J., died on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Born in Doylestown, David was a lifelong resident of the New Hope/Solebury area.
He graduated from New Hope-Solebury High School and Shields Aviation in Florida. He went on to work with Leading Edge Aviation based at Doylestown Airport and was a Part 135 King Air Captain, had Single and Multi-Engine Commercial and Instrument Privileges and was a Certified Flight Instructor. David was also an excellent mechanic and carpenter, skills he learned growing up in the family business Heath’s Service in Lambertville. He was the head mechanic at Martino’s Auto Center in Doylestown for many years, and then eventually started his own business, Heath & Home Handyman Services, in Doylestown. David spent the last several years as a Service technician for Super Enterprises.
David was an avid and passionate fisherman and outdoorsman. He spent countless days boating, fishing and tubing with his kids on the Delaware River. He loved to share his tales about catching big tuna in tournaments in Florida and stripers at the Jersey Shore and spoke fondly about his times hanging with his buddies at “the Cabin” in Sullivan County.
David was devoted to his family and friends, whether it be coaching his kids soccer/baseball teams or lending a hand to help someone in need of anything from making them apple pies to fixing their cars. With his heart of gold and his gift of gab he made friends out of strangers instantly. He was a natural teacher, had a gentle wit and was loved by all who knew him.
David was the son of the late Marie Jane Melson Heath. He is survived by a large and loving family, including his children Tanner J. Heath and Miranda M. Heath, their mother Lynn Getchell Heath of Doylestown; his devoted partner Elizabeth Lynch of Ringoes; his father Robert D. Heath, Sr.; his sister Patricia Marie Heath Shiel and her husband Brian and his brothers Robert D. Heath, Jr. and his wife Jean and John J. Heath and his wife Siriporn, all of New Hope; his many nieces and nephews and their families and his large circle of friends and colleagues.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m., at the Centenary United Methodist Church, 108 N. Union Street, in Lambertville.
Calling hours at the church on Saturday morning are from 9 a.m. until the start of services.
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