WEST PARK — David L. Maille, of West Park, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 7, 2014, surrounded by family after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He will be dearly missed.
Dave was born Nov. 14, 1952, in Ashtabula, Ohio, to Louis D. and Wanda Maille. He was preceded in death by his father.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, the former Patricia Zee, as well as his mother, Wanda of Ashtabula, Ohio. He is also survived by his siblings, Debbie Carroll of Wilmington, Del., Janine (Don) Hutzell of Kingsville, Ohio and Jeff (Janet) Maille of Ashtabula, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
Also surviving are his three children, Caitlin (Tyler) Barbee of Lancaster, Ohio, Cara (Adam) Clemens of Lakewood, Ohio and Michael (Lindsey) Maille of New Albany, Ohio; and was the proud Papa to his five grandchildren, Connor, Corinne, Cooper, Nolan and Seth.
Dave grew up in Ashtabula and attended Edgewood Senior High School, where he met his high school sweetheart whom he married on Sept. 1, 1973. He graduated from Edgewood in 1971, then received his bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University and later in life received his Master’s degree from Ohio University.
He spent 17 years in Management at Mead Paper in Chillicothe, Ohio. During this time, Dave was also an adjunct professor of Communications at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Most recently, he completed his residency as a Chaplain through the Sisters of Charity Health Systems in Cleveland, Ohio.
A brain cancer survivor of 27 years, Dave often said he was living on “borrowed time” and he made the most out of them. He loved his wife and family, considering them his “greatest blessing and highest priority.” An avid Cleveland sports fan, he loved surprises and was the mastermind of many shenanigans in which friends and family often fell victim. Forever the light that lit up even the darkest rooms, Dave lived his life in a way that always lifted up those around him. His understanding of the world and ability to make even the most complex issues seem simple drew others to Dave for advice, counseling, or just colorful conversation.