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NAWOTNIAK - David Age 69, formerly of Harrisville, passed away on Sat, 11/19/16, at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs. Born 1/27/47, in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Benedict J. and Genevieve (Jaworski) Nawotniak. On 1/21/67, he married Jill Feeney at Holy Family Church in Buffalo. David served his county, enlisting in the US Marine Corp from 1966-1968. After working in the Buffalo area for a time, he followed a dream of being a NYS Trooper. David loved serving and protecting the people of NY. He worked most of his entire 26 1/2 year career at the Star Lake and Gouverneur NYS Police Barracks. During his time in the Harrisville area, he also had a farm that he loved and operated. David also served with the Scuba Team with the Troopers. He loved scuba diving, he dove all over in lakes, caves and oceans and he passed this love onto his son Mark, who dove with him. David also enjoyed fishing in the Adirondacks and on his boat in Florida and hunting.
After his retirement, David became a "Gourmet Chef" of sorts. He took pride in the preparation and quality ingredients that he used for the meals he created for his family and friends. Because of his high culinary standards, he preferred to prepare his own meals, rather than go out and eat. David's moto was "if you leave the table hungry, it's your own fault". David will be remembered as a husband wonderful of 49 years, a Marine, a State Trooper, a father, a grand father, brother, uncle, friend. He was the most resilient person never breaking, never changing. David was "family man". He was "love", never judging and always filled with forgiveness, sacrifice, kindness, and dependable. His motto was "Don't try! Do!". His mind worked like an engineer doing, building, fixing anything. David's number one love was family and friends. His number two love was the farm and all the memories created. David was a teacher and confidant, with a passion in the simple things. He always accomplished his goals and lived with no regrets. He will be missed by all that graced his life and never forgotten. This illness did not take him; he did not lose. He followed this path as another challenge, never faltering and always accepting his fate. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Nawotniak.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jill Nawotniak of Fort Edward; his children, Mark (Kimberly) Nawotniak of Queensbury and Lorrie (Rae) Gosselin of Whitehall; his four grandchildren, Zachary and Bridget Nowatniak and Alyssa and Makayla Gosselin.; his brother, Robert A. Nawotniak of Buffalo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There will be a time of remembrance on Tue, 11/29, from 5 -6 pm at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St, Hudson Falls. Memorial thoughts will be offered at 6 pm at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be sent to the DAV, 201 Stratford Rd, Schenectady, NY 12308. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.carletonfuneralhome.net.