David Sweener

David P. Sweener

February 19, 1954 - October 23, 2019
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David Paul Sweener, 65, of Pittsfield, MA, passed away October 23, 2019 at Hillcrest Commons, surrounded by his family.

An avid history buff and fan especially of Abraham Lincoln, David embodied Lincoln’s sentiment “It is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in the years” and contrary to all the advice he was given lived his life exactly the way he wanted.

Born in Pittsfield on February 19, 1954, the son of Irving and Barbara (McGovern) Sweener, he was a multi-sport athlete and graduate of Pittsfield High School. As a non-traditional student David graduated with numerous awards from Berkshire Community College in 1992 and went on to attend the University of Massachusetts, but his proudest accomplishments were his children.

Professionally David was a carpenter, mechanic, and jack of all trades. He enjoyed horse racing, transporting contraband across state lines with an old Jack Russell Terrier (Sadie) by his side, bowling, fishing, softball, rooting for the bad guys, and was a fan of the Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Diane (Spring) Sweener of Pittsfield; son, James Sweener of Pittsfield; daughter, Jennifer (Sweener) Charbonneau of Lanesborough; brothers, William Sweener of Dalton and Robert Sweener of Westhampton; sisters, Linda Kozloff-Turner of Westminster, CO and Nancy Lamarre of Lanesborough; their spouses and significant others; his three grandchildren, James Cavanaugh, Ava and Ella Charbonneau, and many nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Sweener will be held, MONDAY, October 28, 2019 with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9:00am at St. Joseph Church, celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Michael Shershanovich, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be held, SUNDAY, October 27, 2019 from 3:00pm to 6:00pm at DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford Street, Pittsfield. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Christian Center or HospiceCare in the Berkshires in care of the funeral home.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    October 27, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    October 27, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dery Funeral Home
    54 Bradford Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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  • Service

    October 28, 2019 | 9:00am
    October 28, 2019 9:00am
    St. Joseph Church
    North Street
    PITTSFIELD, MA 01201
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    Rev. Monsignor Michael Shershanovich
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery
    Pecks Road
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