David A. Kalloch

Aug 08, 2018
David Kalloch

Rockland — David Alan Kalloch, 68, passed away at his home on Aug. 3, 2018, after a three-year struggle with ALS.

David was born on Vinalhaven on July 26, 1950, to Donald and Marjorie Wiggin Kalloch. He was the husband of Deborah Orne Kalloch. They were married on May 14, 1983, in Owls Head. David was a 1968 graduate of Rockland District High School. During the Vietnam era, he served in the Marine Corps in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (1969–1971). After an honorable discharge from the military, he spent a year at the University of Maine and a year at EMVTI. In 1980, he used his skills to build a house for his mother.

He worked in the city of Rockland for 26 years, mostly as a code enforcement officer but also for three years as the solid waste director. David served as clerk of the works for the new Cushing Community School and worked at the contractor’s desk at EBS Rockland. In 2013, David was the Midcoast Code Enforcement officer of the year. He retired from the city in October 2015.

David was a kind and gentle man who always took time to smell the roses. He loved nature and his binoculars. He was an excellent flower and vegetable gardener. He enjoyed dabbling with watercolors and made several beautiful landscape paintings. He spent his last days with family and friends under his favorite maple tree keeping his eye on a distant osprey nest.

David loved hot sunny days and our local beaches, watching the tide come and go, beachcombing for sea glass and driftwood. He crafted driftwood trees which he would give to family and friends.

David was a great lover of rock, folk, and blues music and had large vinyl and CD collection. Favorites included Van Morrison, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, the Allman Brothers. He was a loyal listener to WERU and always looked forward to the North Atlantic Blues Festival.

In the winter, he and Debby loved to travel to warm places to spend time soaking up the sun and snorkeling. He always marveled at the beauty of the fish. They took many wintertime trips to Mexico and the Caribbean islands, and many summer camping and cabin trips to Downeast, Campobello, PEI, and Nova Scotia. On many New Year’s Days, they watched the sunrise at West Quoddy Head in Lubec. When David was diagnosed with ALS, he and Debby worked on their bucket list and visited many national parks in the West.

David is predeceased by his father, Donald and his brother, Ricky. He is survived by his wife, Debby, of Rockland; stepson, Peter J. Orne, of Belmont, Mass.; mother, Marjorie Kalloch, of South Thomaston; brother, Steven Kalloch and his wife, Connie, of W. Boylston, Mass.; sister, Donna Fifield and her husband, David, of South Thomaston; sister, Cinda Rogers and her husband, Stewart, of Owls Head; brother, Kevin Kalloch and his partner, Marlie Iott , of South Thomaston; mother-in-law, Mary Orne, of Rockland; sister- and brother-in-law, Kathy and James York, of Owls Head and brother- and sister-in-law, Bill and Barbie Orne, of Rockland. David dearly loved his many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

David showed great courage and dignity in fighting such a devastating disease for which there is no cure and only limited therapies. Special thanks to his teams at Togus, Miles & St. Andrews Home Health & Hospice, and MaineHealth Care at Home. Memorial donations may be made to The ALS Association Northern New England Chapter (10 Ferry St., Unit 438, Concord, NH 03301) or to the Golden West Chapter, via nephew Sam Peterson’s Sept. 22 ALS bicycle-race page: https://bit.ly/2Ku9Zc0

A celebration of life for David will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth A. Dale will officiate. A lunch reception will follow the service. To share a memory or story with David's family, please visit their online Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Edwin E Ecker | Aug 08, 2018 15:31

A great guy he will be missed by many !

If you wish to comment, please login.