Scarborough, ME - David Christopher Buffum, 69, of Kennebunk, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Gosnell Hospice Memorial House in Scarborough, following a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.
David was born on August 28, 1949 in South Weymouth, MA, son of the late Frederick and Helen (Harkinson) Buffum. He graduated from Memorial High School in Manchester, NH in 1967, then went on to enlist in the United States Coast Guard. He saw active duty while stationed on Con Son Island during the Vietnam War, receiving multiple service medals and not even once setting foot on a ship. He used to joke that the only ship he was ever on was the Nantucket Ferry.
Following his military service, David briefly attended White Pines College in Chester, NH (where he met his future wife, Janice Weddle) and Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH, before completing course work at Southern Maine Community College for waste water management. David and Janice married in 1974, moving to Kennebunk in 1979. David was employed by the
Town of Berwick (ME) Sewer District until his retirement in 2009.
An avid fisherman, David was always in search of the elusive “Walter” - the biggest fish in the sea. Some of his most cherished times were spent on the Rangeley Lakes with family and friends, camping in the wilderness and fly-fishing for brook trout. David lived a life of “Yankee ingenuity,” ever resourceful - he could repurpose and repair anything.
Surviving are his wife of nearly 45 years Janice; daughter Hannah and her husband Chris Martel of Marlboro, VT; son Nicholas and his wife Moriah Kinberg of Jersey City, NJ; grandchildren Otis David Martel and Myra Elise Buffum; sister Margo Schaufenbil and husband Jerry of Manchester, NH; brother Frederick Buffum and wife Gina of Knoxville, TN; brother Arthur Buffum of Charleston, SC; half-sister JoAnn Lopez and husband Gary; many nieces and nephews…and of course, his beloved cat, Oliver.
Burial services will be private. Should friends desire, memorial donations can be made to the Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902 or on their website: www.thecenterforwildlife.org