David G. Greenleaf
David Glenwood Greenleaf
1935 - 2022
West Gardiner – David Glenwood Greenleaf passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of November 10, 2022 at home, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Gardiner on 7/8/1935 and raised with his brother John by Fred and Helen Donavan on the Donavan Farm in Gardiner.
David was an all-star athlete who graduated from Litchfield Academy where his athletic achievements include scoring more than 1,200 points in the three years he played basketball, which was prior to the existence of a three-point line. He held an all-time record for scoring 67 points in one game, playing only three quarters. He was a baseball catcher with an excellent batting average and was offered a scholarship to attend the University of Maine as a baseball player. His love for sports continued throughout his life, coaching and cheering on his children and grandchildren.
Rather than attend college David chose to marry the love of his life of 67 years, Eleanor Ida Millay of Litchfield. They created a beautiful life with four children and enjoyed hobbies that included fishing, motorcycling, family camping, snowmobiling, harness-racing, and travelling the fair circuit. Stories are still told describing how David and Ida would always clear a dancefloor with their famous jitterbug.
David spent 8 years in the Army Reserves and retired after 32 years of service at Bath Iron Works.
David is pre-deceased by his parents Walter and Marie Greenleaf, brothers John Greenleaf, Walter Greenleaf and wife Diane (survived), and Dana Greenleaf and wife Nell (survived) and sisters Carol Larrabee and husband Tommy, Cheryl Glidden and husband Ernie (survived), Nancy Greenleaf, and Sharon Newton.
He is survived by his beloved wife, his sisters Sandy Greenleaf, and Karen Slater and husband Ben, his son David Greenleaf and wife “Chrissy” of West Gardiner, his daughter Linda Hanson and husband David of Pittston, his daughter Patricia Greenleaf of Dexter, and his daughter Kathy Lawson and husband Brian of West Gardiner. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild, all of whom love and cherish their “Mimi and Papa”.
Per David’s Request, there will be no services. A celebration of life will be held in summer for family.