April 27th, 2018



January 9, 1964 – December 13, 2013

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Obituaries » CAPT. DAVID L. GALE

GALE, CAPT. DAVID LYON, 49, of Richmond, died suddenly December 13, while duck hunting. David, son of Carmen and George Gale, was born and raised in Barre; born Jan. 9, 1964. He graduated from Spaulding High School and went on to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Coast Guard. He joined the Burlington Fire Department on Nov. 14, 1988. David planned to retire in early 2014, after having served as captain of Engine 4 in Burlington’s New North End. He is survived by his beloved wife, Julia Cosby, daughter, Candace, sons, Andrew and Kyle, and his parents. David, the youngest of five children, is survived by his sister, Lorna Michaud, brothers, Steven, Glenn (Sandy) and Eddie. David is also survived by his former wife, Aimee Gale, with whom he enjoyed a precious lifelong partnership and devotion to their sons, Andrew and Kyle. David lived each day showing the world he could not have been more proud of his family, children, friends, and brothers and sisters in the Burlington Fire Department. David was a true outdoorsman and brought his passion and enthusiasm to everything and everyone. He shared a special bond with his closest hunting, fishing, boating and sporting best friends, Wes Ruland, Billy and Bobby Burns, Peter Walsh and brother Glenn Gale. Multigenerational family ties kept all the families of Mid Ship Way and the Sand Dune community of Colchester together all year round. David was never happier than when surrounded by family and friends at camp. His bonfires on the beach are legendary; one of the thousands of things that will forever hold special meaning in all of our hearts. A large family of surviving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and godchildren shared David’s boundless love, pride in family and devotion to them. Capt. David Lyon Gale was the true definition of a genuinely successful man. He treasured everyone and everything in his life as the best any one man could ever hope to love. He wanted for nothing, already grateful for having it all. For it was all, the best there could ever possibly be.

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