David W. Sides, a man with a zest for
life, 74, of West Yarmouth, passed away at
Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis on Tuesday, March
5, 2019. He died peacefully after a long and
valiant struggle with ALS. He was born in
Bridgeport, Conn., on August 3, 1944, the
son of the late Elsie and William Sides.
Dave's early years were spent in Trumbull,
Conn., until his family moved to Canada when
he was 10. His time living in the Town of
Mount Royale, Quebec shaped his life and
sparked his love of hockey which he played
with competitive zeal until the age of 70.
He returned to the States at age 17,
graduating from Roger Ludlow High School in
Fairfield, Conn., in 1963. He earned a
degree in English literature from Dartmouth
College, Class of 1967. He was a member of
the Dartmouth College Alumni Association,
enjoying many fishing trips to the Dartmouth
Land Grant with friends who remained loyal
and supportive during his entire life.
Upon graduation from college, Dave served in
Army as a 1st Lieutenant. He was an
artillery instructor, forward observer and
battery commander of "A" Battery, 83rd
Artillery Battalion. His unit supported the
101st Airborne and Marine infantry units
engaged in ground operations near the DMZ.
While serving at Firebase Bastogne, in the
northernmost sector of Vietnam, he was twice
Bronze Star for distinguished service.
Upon discharge from the Army, Dave entered
the insurance industry where he would spend
his entire career. Sales management was a
natural fit for Dave's outgoing and engaging
personality. Although he spent his career as
an insurance executive working for several
major insurers, he often described his
occupation as "fishing, with insurance as my
hobby". He was an enthusiastic and skilled
fly fisherman and boat owner. The Bass River
was his favorite place.
Dave married Susan Hayes in 1975, the sister
of his college room-mate. They shared 33
years of marriage until she passed away in
He is survived by his cherished daughter
Jessica Sides of St. George, Utah. Jessie
traveled back east frequently to her
father's side as his illness progressed. She
was a joy to him and he loved her dearly. He
is also survived by his beloved partner
Marie Anderson of West Yarmouth. Dave and
Marie shared many travels and adventures
before he fell ill and she cared for him
tirelessly during his illness. Marie's
family also adopted and supported Dave
during his last years, bringing him great
joy. Dave's surviving family members include
his sister Lynne Roming and brother-in-law
Peter Roming of Loveland, Colorado, brother
Tom Sides and sister-in-law Judy Sides of
Scarborough, Maine, and his sister Nancy
Trew-Sugden and her husband Jim Sugden of
Southbury, Connecticut. He had close and
loving relationships with his aunts and
uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews
especially his nephew Erin Trew whom he
loved as a son. Dave's love of adventure,
sharp intellect, engaging personality and
sparkling wit endeared him to many and he
will be missed by all.
The family extends their thanks to his
caretakers, especially Karen Corcoran and
Margaret Muse as well Marie's son Adam Herr.
Thanks are extended also to Bayada Home
Health Care, the Visiting Nurse Assn. and
the Mass General and VA Providence ALS
Clinics for their compassionate care.
SERVICES: Services for David will take place
in Hampton, N.H. on August 2 and August 3.
Visiting hours are scheduled from 6-8 p.m.,
Friday August 2, 2019 at the Remick &
Gendron Funeral Home-Crematory, 811
Lafayette Rd., Hampton, N.H. A remembrance
service is scheduled at 10 a.m., Saturday
August 3, 2019 at 10 a.m., at the First
Congregational Church, 127 Winnacunnet Rd.,,
Hampton, N.H., where Dave was a member of
the choir until his move to West Yarmouth.
Interment at Hampton Cemetery will follow
the remembrance service. All services will
be open to the public.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to
the ALS Association, P.O. Box 37022, Boone,
IA 50037 or
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