David William Tarr, 72, of Manchester died suddenly on November 9, 2019. David was born on September 26, 1947, much to the chagrin of his older sister, Nancy, to parents Elton and Katherine (Wheeler) Tarr of Bedford. David was predeceased by his parents. David leaves behind his wife, Lynne (Weaver) Tarr. He will be sorely missed by his children, Deborah Tarr, her partner Steve, and her children, Darby and Jimmy; Steven Tarr, his wife Andrea, and their children, Jake and Kate; and James Tarr and his children, Madylin and Jaysyn; and his step-daughter, Kathryn (Grueter) Raymond, her husband Tim, and their sons, Trent and Gage. David is survived by his sister, Nancy (Allard) Tarr, and her children, Wendy and Cindy Allard. David has an extensive group of friends who sadly mourn his passing.
After graduating high school in 1965, David attended The CAC, now Southern New Hampshire University, until the VietNam War and America’s Air Force called. David became a Communications Operations Specialist. He was assigned to the USAF 6931st Security Group headquartered at the Iraklion Air Station, on Crete, Greece. David enjoyed exploring the vast ancient ruins and breathtakingly beautiful island, making the most of his time on Crete. Somehow he even managed to obtain a record player, which kept him tied to home. It was at this time that David became a father. David finished his Air Force service stateside, primarily residing in San Antonio, TX and Biloxi, MS.
David and his young family returned home to Manchester where he accepted a job sweeping up broken glass at Anheuser Busch. This was certainly not the job he had hoped for, but disappointment was not long in his future. Who could have guessed this meager start would lead to a highly successful 30 - year career? David retired from Anheuser Busch as a Brewing Superintendent in 2001.
Retirement did little to slow David down. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, often treating them to a grilled masterpiece. There was not a wooded trail or fishing hole in the area left unexplored by David. He enjoyed music and no one could beat him at Name that Tune. Well, his sister would debate his prowess in this area. David was a frequent card player and some of his best memories are playing Cribbage with friends and family. He is probably best known as an avid fan of Corvettes and he has owned countless numbers of them over time.
David’s greatest enjoyment came during time spent on or near the water. He owned several lake houses over the years. These houses were never fancy, but warm places where family and friends gathered and created lifelong memories. David was at his best while in nature and among friends and family.
David has touched countless lives. His sarcastic wit, intelligence, and charm made him someone people just wanted to be around. The world is a bit dimmer as we come to accept this grievous loss and move through the pain caused by the death of our friend, acquaintance, wingman, uncle, grandfather, brother, father, and husband. Heaven shines a bit brighter with the addition of David’s beautiful soul.
Calling hours are Thursday, November 14 from 10:00 - 12:00, followed by a brief memorial service at the
Goodwin Funeral Home on Chestnut Street in Manchester. David will be interred at the New Hampshire Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boscawen. Memorial donations in David’s name may be made to The Gary Sinise Foundation whose mission is to “Serve our Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.” https://www.garysinisefoundation.org
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