June 13, 2013

David James McDonough

KEENE VALLEY — David James McDonough, 59, of Keene Valley, lost his 15-month battle with pancreatic ampullary (bile duct) cancer on June 10, 2013, in New York City.

He was born in Keene Valley on Aug. 23, 1953, the first of nine children, to his parents, James and Ellen (Jaques) McDonough. He was a doting big brother who helped lovingly care for his five sisters and two brothers. He was a graduate of Keene Central School, and attended Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls, N.Y., but returned home to be near his family.

He was well known in the community for his love of music. He participated in a number of community musicals, most memorably Emmanuel, with the Keene Valley Congregational Church, and rocked the role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. He also was in a local band called Night Flight.

David married his high school sweetheart Paula Reed of Keene, N.Y. in 1979, and together they built a loving home and raised three children.

He began work at Keene Valley Hardware shortly after his return from school, first as an employee, then partner. In 2001, he purchased the store and renamed it McDonough's Valley Hardware. A true family business, often his wife and children, sister Valarie and other family members would be seen helping out behind the counter. The ownership of the hardware was one of his lifetime dreams.

David was known well throughout the Valley by residents and visitors alike for his advice on all things hardware and his kind, gentle demeanor. A true pillar of the community, he was also involved as a trustee of St Brendan's Catholic Church of Keene, and served as treasurer of the Keene Valley Fire Department, and held brief stint as Keene Valley Fire Commissioner. He also served on the Keene Town Planning Board.

His first love, however, was his family, and taking care of his home. He was a devoted grandfather in his later years. He enjoyed photography, in particular candid photos and nature photography, inspired by the mountains surrounding the town he loved. A true child at heart, he loved traveling to Walt Disney World with his family, and all things Mickey Mouse.

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