P. Dobbs

P. David Dobbs

Sunday, May 10th, 1942 - Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
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P. David Dobbs, 76, departed this life, surrounded by family on January 9, 2019. He was in perfect health. David is survived by his loving and devoted wife Gloria.
In his family life, he was born May 10th as Peter to William and Mary (White) Dobbs in NYC. After the early death of his father, Mary raised Peter, his brother William (Angela) and his sister Maureen (Breheny) with dedicated selfless commitment, flowing with munificent love, imbuing them with fundamental virtues and values. She ensured Peter’s academic advancement via St. Anselm’s Parochial School and Cardinal Hayes HS. His life was elevated with joy by marriage to Gloria E. Donatone, a life partner in love and ministry. His family, by love and blood, was enriched by enjoyable and wondrous brothers and sisters, in-laws, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces, godchildren and cousins down four generations: from the Donatones, Matthews, Whites, Corbetts, Guarneras,Tuckers,Pertios in the USA; and Whites, Barrons, and Shortts in Ireland. Delightful – each and every one! His family, by love and affinity, was embellished by friends gathered as flowers from engagement in church, work, and prison vocations. Each and everyone of these family members contributed to making his life a delicious hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. With love, he wishes Pax et Bonum to each and every one of his remarkable family.
His spiritual life continued as Franciscan Friar David during the 1960s, an experience that fostered character development towards essential life orientation and direction. He continued a life of ministry, supported by bountiful gifts from God, in religious education, homeless shelter, Cursillo and Tres Dias. All leading to involvement in the Residents Encounter Christ prison retreat ministry in several prisons in the mid-Hudson valley. His greatest delight was leading the Prayer Meeting at Green Haven prison for over 40 years.
His professional life was endowed with tremendous opportunities as Senior Software engineer at IBM and Philips/NXP Electronics for 40 years. So blessed to be given challenging, creative projects while engaging laughingly and optimistically in collaboration with colleagues. Also honored to work with wonderful colleagues at H&R Block for over 20 years, leading to volunteering as an AARP Tax Aide and conducting a personal tax ministry at home.
Visitation will be Monday, January 14, 2019 from 2:00 to 6:00 at William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 Funeral celebration for David’s life of striving to care for and help others will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 10:00 am at St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hudson River Housing, Hudson Valley Hospice or Holiday helping hands. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, January 14th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Martin de Porres Church
    118 Cedar Valley Road
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  • Interment

    Calvary Cemetery
    62 LaGrange Avenue
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Margaret Ryan

Posted at 07:32pm
Gloria -- making donation in memory of David and wondering what his connection was to this organization.
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Ann Marie Doucette

Posted at 05:08pm
In loving memory of David Dobbs and his lifelong commitment to service.
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Elizabeth Corbett

Posted at 07:54pm
Hello Gloria, my father, brother and I wish to express our condolences on the passing of David. We have fond memories of seeing you and David at Aunt Angela's home during holidays and on other occasions. We will be keeping you in our prayers. Love, Elizabeth, John J and John A.

Brad Whitted

Posted at 09:20am
I am really saddened hearing of David's passing. I worked with David on different projects and feel honored to have known him. I still remember sitting in his office nibbling on pretzel rods. We had many great discussions over the years. I always picked his brain with tax related questions. David will be truly missed! Brad Whitted

Greg Devine

Posted at 08:23am
Please accept my profound condolences. It was heartbreaking to hear of Dave's passing and your loss. To lose someone like Dave when the world so desperately needs more Davids. not fewer, makes us feel the loss that much more.. Knowing Dave though, never one to burden others, he would be upset if we let ourselves get too sadden by his passing, for he is surely at home with the Lord.

It was a tremendous honor to get to know and work with Dave, Each day, as we guzzled our coffee or tea, his goodness was expressed by his concern and love for others., It spoke volumes and touched the hearts of all. He would always ask about my family, remembering each of my children, by name. .We did great work and had a great many laughs, but it was always clear that Dave was someone very special. ,He proclaimed his faith and love through action, not just words.

Thank you for sharing your David with ue.! We will keep you both close in in our hearts and prayers.

Greg Devine

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