MANCHESTER – David Parsons Bridge, 81, went to be with his Lord Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, with family at his side at his home. He was born March 7, 1928, in Hazardville, Conn., the son of Chester and Helen (Woodin) Bridge. Educated in local schools, David graduated from Enfield Public High School in 1945. In 1947, after attending American International College, Springfield, Mass., he commenced his career with Bridge Construction Corp., a family owned earthwork construction enterprise started by his great-grandfather in 1875. He became treasurer and had oversight of the equipment fleet for 46 years, until his retirement in 1993. The company had built roads in Maine since 1914, until being sold to Pike Industries in 2004. David married his best friend and love of his life, Elaine Clark of Perham, April 23, 1960. After retirement he and Elaine enjoyed wintering in South Carolina, playing tennis and biking on the beach, as well as spending time with visiting family and friends. At home during the summers, he grilled thousands of hamburgers and hotdogs at family gatherings in the backyard by the pool. He was a great card player right up to the end, never refusing a card game and always happy to teach the younger generations. Dave was a past master of Augusta Masonic Lodge, and a member of Cushnoc Chapter, Maine Trinity Commandery No. 1 and the Shrine. He was a past board member and treasurer of Christian Civic League, an officer of Maine Good Roads Association for many years and was a longtime member of Green Street United Methodist Church, where he served on the board, finance committee, and was a trustee for many years. He became a member of the local Manchester Community Church, was a longtime supporter and board member of Chop Point Camp and School, Woolwich, and was an avid ham radio operator, making contacts all over the world under the W1RAC call sign. Dave was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Elizabeth Monson; and his 23-month-old son, Robert “Bobby” Bridge, in 1966. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elaine Bridge of Manchester; his four children, Mary Estabrook and husband, Gene, of Yarmouth, David Bridge II of Portland, Susan Bridge of Alexandria, Va., and Clark Bridge of Manchester; his three brothers, Wallace Bridge and wife, Alice, of Kissimmee, Fla., Peter Bridge and wife, Mary Ellen, of Burlington, Vt., and John Bridge and wife, Charlene, of Manchester; his granddaughter, Haley Estabrook; along with several nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren. Also of great comfort to him were his dog, Jamie, who loved sleeping next to his chair; and kitten, Rascal, who spent time sleeping on his lap. Relatives and friends are invited to visit 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Manchester Community Church, corner of Route 17 – Readfield Road and Route 202, Manchester. A private burial will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dave’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 170 Route One, Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105; Chop Point Camp, 420 Chop Point Road, Woolwich, ME 04579; or Kennebec Valley YMCA, 31 Union St., Augusta, ME 04330. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.khrfuneralhomes.com.
DAVID P. BRIDGE
Posted Oct. 20, 2009, at 7:54 p.m.