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David A. Dykeman
May 5, 1945 ~ January 23, 2023 (age 77) 77 Years Old
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Delanson - On Monday, January 23rd, 2023, David A. Dykeman, 77, of Delanson, NY, was called home to heaven to help supervise God’s spring planting.
David was born in May of 1945 in Niskayuna, NY, to the late Fredrick W. Dykeman Sr. and Margeret Beretz Dykeman. Dave spent his career driving for a living, first for Bellevue Builders and then later for General Drywall and Duanesburg Oil, until he found his calling as a School Bus Driver for 27 years at Duanesburg Central School. All his “kids” loved him, and he will be fondly remembered as Big Bird or just Bird by his coworkers.
Having grown up on the family farm, he spent his retirement years caring for his container gardens, mom’s flowers, and all the wild creatures that stopped by.
Dave was predeceased by the love of his life Gail Dykeman to whom he had been married for 49 years and raised three children Timothy (Petra), Tammy (Gerard), and Rebecca. He had two grandchildren, Tara (Gabriel) and Sophia, and two great-grandchildren, Georgio and Amilea. He also leaves behind a brother, Terry (Collen), and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Fred Dykeman Jr. & John Dykeman, along with a sister Julia DeBraccio.
The family would like to express their love and appreciation to Leon for faithfully taking excellent care of our dad these past 2 1/2 years. A special thanks to his nurse Sue, Nancy, Gretchen, Mark & all of the other wonderful people at Hospice who helped make our dad’s final days peaceful.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the wonderfully helpful volunteers at Quaker Street fire, especially the Billidoux family or Hospice of Albany.
Calling hours will be held at White-Van Buren Funeral Home 1779 Main St., Delanson on Friday May 5th from 5-7 pm with a 7 pm service to follow.
Burial will be held 9 am Saturday at Grove Cemetery with a reception to follow at Duanesburg Volunteer Fire Department.