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David M. Atwood

March 28, 2024

David Atwood Obituary

MAJ David M. Atwood (ret), 75, of Sempronius, New York passed away after a short, but valiant battle with
cancer on Thursday, March 21, 2024.
David was born on September 12, 1948, the son of the late Charles M. “Red” Atwood and Leona M. Knopf
Atwood. A graduate of Moravia Central School, Class of 1966, he continued his education at Syracuse
University, graduating in 1970. While attending SU, he was on the Varsity Cross Country team and was a
member of Pershing Rifles and Army ROTC. He later received an MBA from the Florida Institute of
Technology.
First commissioned in the US Army in 1970, David served 20 years as an Infantry Officer and Airborne
Ranger, deploying for multiple tours in Korea. He retired as a Major with the United States Army following an
honorable military career. Highly regarded and consistently recommended for advancement by his
commanding officers, David’s leadership and logistical capabilities were relied upon by his battalion.
Wherever he was stationed, he could be found volunteering to assist veterans, supporting military families,
and ensuring that the soldiers under his command always had equitable and inclusive opportunities for
success in their careers.
Upon retiring from the military, David returned home to the family farm in Sempronius, New York, which he
proceeded to operate alongside his son, Bryan, and his grandson, Shane. In addition to his love for farming,
he continued his life of service as a teacher at Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, retiring after 20
years. As Science Department Chair, he was instrumental in the expansion and construction of the CBA
science wing, and cherished the moments he spent helping inspire his students to become young leaders.
From his years in the military, on the farm, and in front of the classroom, David has left an indelible mark in
all areas of his life. The list of proud moments are endless, but he was the Sempronius Town Justice for
nearly 20 years, was selected as the United Way Volunteer of the Year, devoted years on the soccer field as
both a coach and referee, captured accolades as an avid runner, remained active in his church, volunteered
to help veterans and military families, and held a special place in his heart for the ongoing support of
domestic violence victims.
David is survived by his daughter, Heather (Greg) Zellers, of Seneca Falls, grandchildren Andrew, Michael,
and Kamryn; his son, SFC Bryan (Leta) Atwood, grandchildren Wesley, Shane, Mia, and Kiersten; two
sisters, Mary Ann Hess, of Cortland, and Lorraine (Sheldon) Bouton of Sempronius; a brother, Chris
(Donna) Atwood, of Sempronius; several nieces and nephews; and his partner in life, Celestia Clark. He is
preceded by his wife, Dona M Atwood; sister, Margaret (Atwood) Eakin; brother, Mark K Atwood; and
granddaughter, Devyn Zellers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions or donations be made to the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4pm on Friday, April 12, 2024, at VFW Post #7127, which is
located on Adams Street in Moravia, NY. Friends, family, and community members wanting to visit with the
family or offer their respects are welcome to stay for the calling hours and reception that will follow the
services from 4:30pm until 7pm.
Interment will be held in May 2025 at a time yet to be determined in Sand Hill Cemetery with
Full Military Honors. Wade Funeral & Cremation Services of Moravia is entrusted with service arrangements
and can be contacted for further information.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 3:00 pm Thursday April 11, 2024 in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer, NY

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Celebration of Life
Friday
April 12, 2024

4:00 PM
VFW Post (Adams Street, Moravia, NY)

Please note
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated 3:00 pm Thursday April 11, 2024 in St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 14 Copeland Ave., Homer, NY 13077
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