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David Allyn Berger

December 11, 2021

David Allyn BergerOn Saturday, December 11, 2021, David Allyn Berger 79, passed away at his home in Alexandria Bay.

He was born February 7,1942 in Mansfield, OH to Elizabeth "Betty" and Lester Berger. He married Holly Wiswell May 5, 1974. Together they spent 47 years married.

As a child, Dave spent many vacations on the St. Lawrence River. After graduating from Clarkson University and completing his military duty in the Army (1964 - 1966), he was “called” back to the river to live his adult life. He spent many hours in retirement trolling Canadian waters fishing for the elusive Muskie with his buddy Myrle. He owned the 1000 Island Bait Store for many years, working so hard to build a wonderful life for his family. He knew so many wonderful people through the store and always had a good story or joke to tell those around him. As a graduate of Orchard Park High School near Buffalo, he loved the Bills and a good beef on weck from Schwabl’s. If not out fishing or at the dock checking on his beloved Bertram boat, “The Stress Doctor”, you would most likely find him on his favorite couch with his heated blanket watching various favorite web cams, space x launches, his favorite baseball team the Yankees, sending out emails/texts with jokes or latest fishing catches. He loved watching reruns of Star Trek/Star Trek Next Generation (much to Holly’s dislike) and was a great dog dad to his two main girls Lulu and Angel. David was wonderful and caring husband, father and friend. He would not always give you everything you wished for but he would always make sure you had everything you needed.

He is survived by his wife Holly; 3 children, Christopher Marshall and life partner Raynee Majors, Clay, Traci Marshall, Watertown, and Stephanie (Jason) Buker, Adams Center; six grandchildren, Natalie, Cody (Nic), Nathan, Ryan, Skyah and Hailyn; great grandchild Archer; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with his parents, Dave was predeceased by his brother Richard Berger.

Per David’s request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Nothing would make him happier than to have all his fishing friends getting out there tracking down his favorite fish, the Muskie, next season. One last request, Traci call your mother!

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dave's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110, American Heart Association, c/o Stacy Spaziani, 204 Iroquois Ave. W., Watertown, NY 13601, or a charity of your choice.


#14 Irene Orvis 2021-12-20 09:10
Holly I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Dave was a great guy. Please know many are with you in thought and prayers.
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#13 Diane Reff-Morinigo 2021-12-16 16:40
To Dave’s family,
My condolences to you and your family. My dad Cartland was a good friend of Dave’s and I remember him fondly. May your memories help you through this difficult time.
Diane Reff-Morinigo.
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#12 Barb Phinney 2021-12-14 22:27
Holly ,Chris,Traci,St eph and grandchildren ,I am sorry to hear of your great loss. Dave was a very kind and gentle person.I especially remember his love of orchids. He grew the most beautiful ones! He will always be remembered for the great person he was.I am sorry for your loss,but I am sure you have many special memories to help you through this tough time.My love to you all!
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#11 Ronald Muscio 2021-12-14 08:51
Sorry to learn of Dave's passing, My condolences to the family. I knew Dave during our four years at Clarkson. He had such an infectious laugh, that I can still hear it as if it was yesterday..
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#10 MYRLE BAUER 2021-12-13 07:23
Holly I am truly sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and family. This has been a tough week. My memories of fishing muskies with Dave will live forever as well as the conversations we had over the long hours while doing so. When I want to feel good I can return to those memories. Prayers to you and your family
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#9 Terry & Pamela Robb 2021-12-12 18:58
So sorry to hear about Dave. He was a great friend and I couldn’t have asked for a better man to work for. We had many great trips around the eastern US together. Dave taught me the work ethic that has made my life as successful as it is. I will never forget him and he will be missed more than you can believe. My god be with you Holly and family.
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#8 Dianne Brabant 2021-12-12 18:35
Holly. I’m so sorry for your loss.. I’m thinking about you and family. If you need anything please let me know. Praying for you.
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#7 Dan and Tracy DuFlo 2021-12-12 17:52
Dear Holly and family, our thoughts are with you. Dave was a great guy and he will be missed. Very sorry for your loss.
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#6 Bob and Dawn Dick 2021-12-12 14:43
Holly and family - We were saddened to hear of Dave's passing. We wish to extend our deepest condolences to you all during this difficult time. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
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#5 Mary Roberts 2021-12-12 12:35
Dave was a customer of mine for many years,he always had a smile for everyone.

My condolences to the family

Mary Roberts
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