ATTLEBORO, Mass. – David M. Gifford, 66, of Norgate Road, who was a loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully Wed-nesday, Feb. 20, 2013, surrounded by his devoted family and friends at his home, after a brave battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Colette Flores Gifford, whom he married in August 2008. Born Dec. 4, 1946, in Waterville, he was the son of Lori West of Attleboro, Mass., and the late David D. Gifford.
Dave was raised and educated in Mansfield, Mass., and was a 1964 graduate of Mansfield High School, where he was an outstanding athlete and member of the varsity baseball and basketball teams. He joined the U.S. Army in 1964 and was honorably discharged in 1967. After living in California and Lake Tahoe, he moved to Veazie. He was the owner and operator of a commercial cleaning business there before returning to Massachusetts in the late 1990s, where he continued his business until his retirement in 2006. He was an avid and accomplished horseshoe player, winning many competitive tournaments, including the Massachusetts State and New England championships. Mr. Gifford was a member of Foxboro Horseshoe League for many years. He also loved to golf, play cards, and watch the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, but he especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports. His fondest memories were of times spent with family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and his mother, David is survived by his two loving and devoted children, Michelle Burke and husband, Kevin, of Norwich, Conn., and David Gifford and wife, Karen, of Veazie; and four cherished grandchildren, Madison and Bailey Gifford, and Mackenzie and Riley Burke. He is also survived by his wife’s children, Michael Flores of Taunton, Mass., and Amy Young of Lowell, Mass.
Family and friends are cordially invited to attend visitation 1 p.m. until the time of funeral service 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Memorial Chapel of Dyer-Lake Funeral Home, the national historic Colonel Obed Robinson Home, 161 Commonwealth Ave. – exit 5 off I-95 north or south, go right at end of ramp, 3/4 mile on left – Village of Attleboro Falls, North Attleboro, Mass., with the Rev. Kelly K. Thibeault, pastor of First Congregational Church, Old Post Road, North Attleboro, Mass., officiating. Those in need of a ride to visitation may call the funeral home at 508-695-0200 to make an advance reservation for such gratis transportation. Children’s room available during visitation and the funeral. After the services an invitation will be extended to join the family for a time of continued fellowship, refreshments and remembrance at a location to be announced. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Voluntary Services, 830 Chalkstone Ave., Providence, RI 02908. To send the family an expression of sympathy, please visit an online guest book at