David Alan Kalloch, obituary

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:00am

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 U.S. 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 Maine, 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 Lott, of South Thomaston; mother-in-law Mary Orne, of Rockland; sister- and brother-in-law Kathy and James York of Owls Head; 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 11a.m., Friday, August 10, 2018 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 www.bchfh.com.