William David McCloskey, 88, known as Dave to all that knew him, passed away peacefully on Saturday May 2, 2020 at RWJUH in Hamilton, NJ.
Dave was born on July 22, 1931. He was a lifelong Princeton resident and the youngest of 7 children. Dave was a devoted member of St. Paul's Parish. He attended St. Paul's School and graduated from Princeton High School in 1950. Dave and his 3 brothers all served in the Armed Forces with Dave proudly serving as a United States Marine. Dave worked for over 30 years as a supervisor in the Princeton University Housing Department. He spent countless falls and winters cheering for the Tigers at Princeton football and basketball games. Dave met his beautiful wife Bridie when she immigrated from Ireland to the United States at a picnic in Trenton. They married in 1960 and had 2 children, Kevin and Missy. Dave loved his family and friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, sports, especially golf, and vacationing on Long Beach Island with his family. He enjoyed shopping and was known for his sweet tooth! Dave was a member of the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad and a proud member and past Chief of Engine Company #1 for over 50 years. Dave was also a member of American Legion Post 76 and each Memorial Day he placed thousands of flags beside Veteran's graves in Princeton area cemeteries.
Dave was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Margaret (Murphy) McCloskey, sisters Veronica Luttmann, Cecelia Johnson, and Rita McCloskey, brothers Robert, Thomas, and Leo McCloskey, his loving son Michael (Kevin) and wife Mary (Bridie) McCloskey. Dave is survived by his daughter Maureen (Missy) and son-in-law Ken Bruvik of Skillman, grandchildren Kelly and Ryan, and sister-in-law Margaret McCloskey of Plainsboro, and several nieces and nephews. Dave spent his last few years at Brookdale Hamilton Assisted Living and the family would like to offer their sincere thanks to all of the associates and caregivers for their love and care shown. It will be forever appreciated.
Dave was laid to rest May 5th at Princeton Cemetery in a private graveside service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Church 216 Nassau St. Princeton, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.