OBITUARY: David Cameron, worked for Water and Sewer, Tree departments

David Cameron died Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, surrounded by his friends and family, after a long tough fight with cancer.

David grew up in Marblehead and attended Marblehead schools. David loved to work and began working at a very young age. His first job was with R.D. Williams. He then went on to work for Bartlett & Steadman Co., followed by the town of Marblehead at the Water and Sewer and Tree departments.

David was predeceased by his father, John Cameron. David is survived by his mother, Ellen Smallwood Cameron; his brother Len and the love of his life, Jody Martin; his brother Doug and his wife, Susan Grubaugh; his sister Lori Knowles and her husband, Doug, all from Marblehead; and his sister Denise Diamond and her husband, Bill, from Lynn.

He also leaves his two favorite girls, his nieces Madison Cameron of Haverhill and Meghan Knowles of Marblehead.

He is also survived by his uncle, Thomas Smallwood, and his wife, Donna, of Hampton, New Hampshire; and his aunt, Margaret “Bitsy” McGuirk of Athol; and many, many cousins.

David was also predeceased by his faithful companion Milo by one week.

There will be a celebration of life for David on Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Masonic Lodge, 62 Pleasant St., Marblehead from noon to 3 p.m. Come and have some lunch and share some memories.

Lunch will be catered by Louise Moore of Every Little Breeze Catering. In addition, there will be a cash-only bar.

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  • Biff Michaud

    I am saddened by the death of my longtime friend and neighbor, Dave. He was a terrific guy who loved the Town of Marblehead and proud to do his part in keeping up anything that he could do to maintain the quality of life for the rest of us. I always knew who it was when I would see him around town as I approached him, because he had a very distinctive stride, I would beep, he would turn, smile and wave hello. I want his family to know that I care.

  • Lori Peace

    Dave & I were keeping up by phone every other week; and ran into each other around town, literally every day. We had many conversations the last two years. Unfortunately, the last time I saw him was a few weeks ago or so… pulled over to talk to him. It was cold that day; and I reamed him a new one for not having a jacket on. He raised his hands in the air & says, “I finally got the ok from the doc to eat whatever I want!” I says, “bullshit!” We laughed; but I knew that meant, it wouldn’t be long now. I asked him that day when could I stop by his mom’s to see him…no answer. I got sidetracked with life for a few weeks; but then, ironically I texted him last week. No answer. I gave him a couple of days cause he didn’t like texting. I then called him but got no answer. I tried calling back, still no answer. I left a voicemail. Thursday, the 26th a friend mentioned him having passed. I burst into tears. I never got to say goodbye. Our last conversation was as good as it ever was though…full of sarcasm & wit flowing from both sides. We were real with each other & it was refreshing. He loved his dog & was always in support of the underdog. His many years of sobriety shined brightly upon his character. He was a true friend…and I am deeply saddened by his loss. He will be missed greatly.

  • Kathleen Hendriks

    David was an amazing neighbor and friend.
    We will miss him. May he rest in peace as a child of God and know he was loved.
    Kathy & Warren Hendriks

  • Julie and Bob Sullivan

    Dear Cameron family,
    We are very saddened to learn of Dave’s passing. I miss seeing his big white truck to drive by. For the longest time I’d be out walking my dog and almost daily as Dave would be heading home from work, he’d see me walking and pull over. He’d shut his truck off, and we’d chit chat and have a good laugh. He’d either have his buddy Milo with him or he was on his way home to see him. I will take comfort in knowing Dave is no longer suffering, but will forever miss his wit and “that grin” of his! Sending our love, heartfelt condolences and hugs to his family and friends.
    ~Julie and Bob Sullivan

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