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David M. D’Onofrio

January 1, 1953 - May 10, 2017

David M. D’Onofrio, known fondly as “Dubbl D,” age 64, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.

Born in Wilmington, DE on New Year’s Day, 1953, David was the son of the late Maurice and Florence (Martin) D’Onofrio. A proud veteran, he bravely served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Midway during the Vietnam War. David made his career as a quality control manager in the Parts Washer Division at Lorco Petroleum Services in Trenton, NJ for 12 years.

He was a proud, active member of SWANA – Small Wonder Area of Narcotics Anonymous. He was a loving and devoted father, brother, companion, grandfather, and friend who will be very dearly missed by all who knew him.

David is survived by his daughters, Kelley R. D’Onofrio (Mike McKenney) of New Castle and Laura D’Onofrio of Wilmington, and their mother, Sandra Scheet-Robitaille; sisters, M. Paula Garrison of Wilmington, Linda D. Wolf of Chesapeake City, MD, Christine Hamilton of Claymont, and Carol Martinez (Peter) of Wilmington; grandsons, Michael Shane and Mason Stephen McKenney; companion, Liz Walker; and nieces and nephews, Julie Long, Alison Wolf-Bissette, Robert Garrison, Megan Benner, and Max and Evan Martinez.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12:30 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a memorial service will begin at 12:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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  • Dave was a very nice guy, I only knew him a few years and he and I had some simular health issues we would talk about I’ll truly miss seeing him on the 3rd Sunday of the month

  • I love you buddy, I am going to miss you! Luv and respect, see you on the other side!!!

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Brother, David, Father, Son, Grandfather, Uncle, Friend to so many who loved him. I will miss his laughter, his big smile, his love and his loyalty always, no matter the circumstances. I am forever grateful for his life. I am sad that he is gone from us so soon. There are few words that can describe the loss that I am feeling. God bless, you David and rest in peace until we meet again! Love, your sister, Linda

  • Gonna miss your laugh. Can’t believe you’re gone
    See you on the other side.

  • I am so very sad to hear of Dave’s passing, he was such an amazing person. Many times we ate together and his words of wisdom were encouraging. Rest In Peace friend..

  • Thank you for being a friend love you buddy.

  • R.I.P. Dave , Your heart was bigger than anyone I I ever knew. You paid it forward to so many people that you will never be forgotten. God bless you brother !

  • Love you Dave. Prayers and hugs for your family. If they ever need a thing we are a phone call away

  • Dave, you deserve all the tears we shed in your fond memory. I am surely only one of hundreds, if not thousands, who have sent up prayers of gratitude for your being in our lives. Until we meet again…

  • Not sure there is enough space in this message box to write all the amazing things about Dave. We both meant Dave several years ago and knew the moment we meant him there was something special about him. Dave always had the best jokes and could find a way to make you smile no matter what kind of day you were having. Dave was the best at his job and knew his customers like they were his best friends. Dave never hesitated to help out or give advice. Dave worked through the good days and the bad there wasn’t much that kept him from working. Our deepest sympathies to his family but please know how much of an impact he made on so many people!

  • Rest in peace Dave you’re a Heavenly Angel we will all miss you you were a pleasant guy to be around God bless

  • Please accept our deepest condolences during this most difficult time. While nothing will completely take away your grief, we have found the scripture at Revelation 21:4 to be especially comforting where it promises that soon God will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more. May God comfort all of you and give you peace in the days ahead. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • Kelley, Laura and Sandy,

    My condolence to your family! The memories will always be there. If there is anything I can do just ask.

    With Love,
    Trina

  • My deepest condolences for your loss. David will me missed in our area.

  • Our hearts are heavy today for the loss of a humble soul! If there is ever doubt about how God works in our life, Dave was an example of his work in us! I hope to use the things taught to me by Dave so i can carry a piece of him in the way he always looked to serve others and help the hopeless!! You will be missed my brother, but not forgotten!!!!

  • So sorry for Dave’s families loss! Dave truly was an amazing person! I will truly miss seeing and talking with you every week. I’m so blessed to have known you for 7 years. May you rest in peace watching over your family and friends!

  • I send sincere sympathy to you. So sorry for your loss.

  • Sandy, Kelly and Laura:
    We all are so sorry to hear of your loved one’s passing. We had been your neighbors for such along time. Dave was quiet and kept to himself. He never had a unkind word to say about anyone. He always would wave or say hello when we did see him with a big ole smile on his face. You knew it was him coming home around the corner because he loved his music with the window down. Please if anyone of you need anything come over!
    Myself , JR or Sean will be there for you.

    Beth , JR and Sean Biddison

  • Great man. Full of life and love.

  • Sandy, Kelly and Laura:

    JR, Sean and myself are very sorry for the passing of Dave. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Dave was a quiet and kind person. He never had a unkind word to say about anyone. We have known each other for along time as each others neighbors. We could always tell when Dave was coming on to our street going home because he had his window down in his van and was jamming to the music with a big ole smile on his face. If there is anything that you girls need just knock on the door. We are surely gonna miss Dave. May God receive him with open arms and comfort him as well.
    Beth, JR Biddison and family

  • I am so sorry for your family’s loss, and for the loss of ALL the families that Dave helped over the years. This is truly a loss for the entire community. Rest in peace, no one is more deserving after the peace that you have given so many others.

  • Love you Dave, your presence will be missed <3

  • Dave,

    My brother. Our friendship is one that i will cherish for the rest of my lives.. when my girls ask about my role models or influential friends that ive had, you will definitely be one of the few in the mix. The first time i saw you when i came back from my relapse is a moment that i will hold dear and close to my heart for the rest of my existence.. and im forever grateful that I had a man like you in my life.. I will miss you terribly and I Love You my brother.

    Love,
    CJ and Family

  • His passing hasn’t really set in yet… We all just celebrated two birthdays in our family on April 29th w/ him and everyone else, not thinking it would be the last time we’d hangout together. Life really isn’t fair sometimes and this is 100% one of those times. My heart goes out to my cousins Laura and Kelley/Michael/little Mike and Mason- he genuinely befriended everyone he met and was loved by all who had that pleasure.

  • Sincere condolences to the family. Thank you for welcoming us into the area. Your love and friendship will be sorely missed.

  • David’s laugh and love of his family filled a room…my condolences to his family, he was a special,person to a lot of people.

  • David, our beloved nephew, your loss has left a huge hole in our hearts but your wonderful smile will forever be in our hearts. Love you so much. Rest In Peace, Sweet David. Uncle Bob & Aunt Carlene.

  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss and wanted to share the Bible’s hope of a resurrection at John 5:28,29 at a time when there is no more sickness pain or death anymore right here on earth according to Revelation 21:3,4.Please read these scriptures and may the god of comfort give you comfort in this time of bereavement.

  • I will only hope to walk in the integrity of my friend Dave D.
    Kenny T.

  • Cousin, you’re smile and enthusiasm for life will always be remembered. Rest in peace, David!

  • Dear Paula, Linda, Chris & Carol, I am so very sorry for the huge loss of your Brother David. Out of your wonderful Parents’ children, I knew David the least but am blown away at the accolades he has received within the past several days. The last time I did see David was on Goodley Road and he could not have more pleasant and charming. It is always a sad time to lose a loved one so out of the blue. My sincere condolences, I think of your Family often with fond memories and I am keeping you all & the rest of David’s family in my thoughts and prayers. Peace & Love, Annie

  • Dear Kelley, Laura and Ms. Sandy & Family

    David was a wonderful & helpful neighbor on Barnaby Street. David will be missed in the Village of Christiana.
    My sincere condolences.

    Peace & Blessings
    Theresa & Monty Warren

  • You have my sincere condolences. Dave was an awesome neighbor and friend. He will truly be missed. Monique and JB.

  • Sweet Dave. You were there for me at my lowest. When my father passed away you called me daily left the sweetest messages. Always thanked me for sharing about my dad. You were such a good man. Always looked forward to you chasing me down when I walked in the meeting and embracing me with your warm hugs. Ill miss that so much. To Daves children you guys are in my prayers always. He was one of the main ppl there for me when i lost my dad a lil over a yr ago. Nothing i say can take your pain away but please know if you need anything please feel free to reach out. Xo

  • To everyone who has taken the time to share such beautiful sentiments about my brother, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for such uplifting words, written with gratitude, sincerity and love. You have given me a gift of knowledge about David, about a part of his life of which I was unaware. It comforts me immensely to know how much he meant to all of you, how many lives he touched, and that you will miss him as much as his children, grandchildren, and his extended family will. The family occasions shared with David were always filled with remembrances of being the middle child, with two younger and two older sisters. He told stories about events we had long forgotten; he had a never-ending supply of jokes; he remembered song lyrics, movie scripts, TV commercials and all the jingles; he was a walking dictionary of trivia and loved playing Trivial Pursuit with us. No one loved Christmas more than David, especially our “tacky gift” tradition. He would end every phone call with “I love you” and every family gathering the same way, but with an added hug and kiss. He truly had a heart full of love. It is unbelievable that he is gone and that our family times together will never be the same. Rest in peace and without pain, dear brother. From your “oldest” sister, Paula

  • Brother David a servant of our Lord.He always
    reached to lift someone in need. Rest In Peace
    Lovely brother

  • On behalf of the Christiana United Methodist Church, we extend heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  • Our prayers are with you. We pray that the peace of God will encourage you and yhay His love will sustsin you.

  • Dear Donofrio Family,
    Sorry for your loss. Mr. Dave was a very caring and respectful man. May you be comforted by the pleasant memories you made. Laura, JT says he will be praying for you and your family.
    Love,
    Mrs. Sosa

  • To everyone who has written,
    Thank you for all of your kindness. My dad touched the lives of many people, and I couldn’t have been more proud to be his daughter. You all have left an imprint on his life, too. Without the program and many of you fine, understanding and caring people, my dad may have not been the man I grew up with. He was my hero, my cheerleader, my best friend. There is a hole in my life, as well as my heart and soul that will never be filled, and it just doesn’t feel real yet. My dad had more love in his heart than any man I’ve ever know, and I will carry that with me for the rest of my life. Thank you all for your support for my family and I, it means more than you know. He was the best dad a kid could ever wish for, and I am so beyond lucky he was mine.
    With Love,
    Laura D’Onofrio.