David T. Gill, 82, of Newcastle died Feb. 26, 2010, at his home after a long battle with cancer.

David was born July 22, 1927, in Griswold, Conn., to Lewis A. and Sarah (Geer) Gill. On Oct. 10, 1953, he married Valerie Day Morris of New Haven, Conn.

David grew up in Jewett City, Conn., and served as a radar operator for a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from July 1944 to July 1946. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1950 with a bachelor of science degree in bacteriology and animal diseases. David spent nine years working at the Connecticut Department of Agriculture where he was division chief of animal diseases. Next, Mr. Gill worked as a quality control fieldman for milk marketing cooperatives in New England for 15 years.

David retired in 1990 from Agri-Mark Inc. of Methuen, Mass., after serving 14 years as both membership manager and senior vice president of membership services. David had a passion for gardening, reading and fishing. He will be greatly missed not only by his family but his many friends and fishing buddies.

David and his wife resided in Harwinton, Conn., for 14 years, in East Montpelier, Vt., from 1973 to 1976, and in West Newbury, Mass., for 35 years before settling in Newcastle in 2002.

David is survived by his wife, Valerie, of Newcastle; four daughters, Diana and Ted Stefanik of Harvard, Mass., Susan and Alden Sproul of Bristol, Sarah and Steve Burnette of Kennebunkport and Martha and Glenn Miller of Merrimac, Mass.; a sister, Ruth DuPont of Litchfield, Conn.; a brother, Ardian C. Gill of New York City and Litchfield, Conn.; and 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

David was predeceased by his sisters, Sarah Robinson, Lois Proulx and Gloriana Goodenough; and his brothers, Lewis Gill, Donald Gill and Chester Gill.

There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or the Miles Home Health and Hospice, 40 Belvedere Road, Damariscotta, ME 04543.

Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.