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David John Booth
January 5, 1961 ~ January 30, 2024 (age 63) 63 Years Old
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Dave was born in Coventry, England right after his father, a Microwave Technician then Engineer, moved to America. His mother soon brought Dave to America and finally settled in Marlboro, Massachusetts. Dave graduated from Marlboro High School in 1980.
He joined the Army in 1980 as an Army Mechanic and Crew Chief, serving a total of three years active duty in Germany and Texas, and then he remained in the Army Reserves for seven years. In Germany, he was an UH-1H Huey Crew Chief, call sign “Blackhorse 86”, performing flights on the East and West German border, putting in long hours. During his time in service in Germany, he and a few other mechanics, rebuilt the “Hanger Queen”, which is a helicopter that remains in the hanger to serve as extra parts when parts don’t arrive. After being rebuilt to flying status, that aircraft was later sold and is now one of the helicopters that pick up our astronauts. Dave was an excellent mechanic who performed, and demonstrated, the more complicated tasks like removing a frozen bolt by drilling.
Dave met his wife, Karen, at Ft. Rucker, Alabama in 1985. She was being trained as a UH-1H Army Mechanic, and Dave was being trained on the OH-58 helicopter. They were married on Sep. 6, 1986.
In civilian life, Dave built wire and cable extruders for two years. He later got a job at Surprenant Wire and Cable Company, Clinton, Massachusetts as a Manufacturing Supervisor. He trained in Quality and was promoted to the Quality Supervisor. He accepted a job offer as Quality Manager at UroSurge, Inc. in Coralville, Iowa, a urology medical device company. As Quality Manager, Dave got the new start-up company registered ISO 13485. Unfortunately, the company went out of business and Dave then moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia working as Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs in Tucker, Georgia for Carefusion Corp./Cardinal Health for eight years. When that company was purchased, Dave finished his career working for British Standards Institute (BSI), as a Client Manager (Auditor) of medical device companies. Dave received his American Citizenship April 13, 2007 and celebrated with his wife at the Sun Dial Restaurant, Atlanta, Georgia.
In his personal life, he loved boating, fishing and hunting. He had three boats and lived to go fishing. He was a wonderful husband and friend of everyone he met. He never met a person he wouldn’t help. He was extremely intelligent and loving. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Karen, his parents Alfred and Beryl Booth, his nephews, Brandon and Dylan Booth, his sister-in-law, Patty Booth, and all his friends and neighbors. He unfortunately developed heart issues starting with his first heart attack in 2004, then a stroke in 2015. He battled the problem consistently, as he loved life. Unfortunately, he passed away from cardiac arrest early morning January 30, 2024. Rest peacefully, my dear, you certainly deserve it.