David J. Rockwell
ATKINSON, NH: David J. Rockwell, Sr., 90, a longtime resident of Atkinson, died Monday, May 30, 2011 at Prescott House, North Andover.
Born on May 14, 1921 in Madison, Wisconsin, he was the son of the late Dorothea H. and Leslie H. Rockwell. He moved to New Hampshire in 1927, graduating from Atkinson Academy, Class of 1938, and Boston University, Class of 1951 with a BS in Business Management.
David served with honor in the U.S. Navy from1944-1946, following in the service of his two brothers, Leslie H. and Richard K. Rockwell who both gave their lives to the victory of WW11.
He worked as a Quality Engineer for Polaroid Corporation, retiring from Western Electric Company as a Senior Quality Engineer in 1984.
David was a member of the Atkinson School Board, and a founding member of the Timberlane Regional School Board, contributing to the initial development of the Timberlane Regional School District in 1964. His many civic contributions over 60 years also include the Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department, School Supervisory Union 55 Chairman, Atkinson Planning Board, Atkinson Board of Adjustment, Center for Life Management Director, Team Coordinating Agency Director, and numerous other town, regional and non-profit committees and agencies. One of his greatest honors was being named the Atkinson Lions Club
Citizen of the Year in 2009.
David was the husband of Doris (Clark) Rockwell who died in 1995 after 54 years of marriage. Survivors include his six children, David J. Rockwell, Jr. and his wife Nancy of The Villages, FL, Elaine W. Spurr and husband Ronald of Atkinson, Richard L. Rockwell and his wife Barbara of Davenport, FL, John F. Rockwell and wife Diane of Atkinson, Joyce E. Rockwell of Hyde Park, MA, and Susan J. Rockwell of Dover, NH. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.
In addition to his two brothers, he was also predeceased by a sister, Lydia A. Rockwell, and a daughter, Dianne C. McIlvoy.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at the Atkinson Congregational Church, Main Street, Atkinson on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:00 am. Internment to be in the Atkinson New Cemetery at the convenience of the family at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to
the Atkinson Police Charitable Fund, PO Box 321, Atkinson, NH 03811. Arrangements by Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main St., Haverhill, MA 01830.