Born November 4th, 1954 in Troy he was the son of Robert H. and Jean (Machmer) McWilliams. Throughout his working life Dave was a teacher of Special Education, and more recently Alternative Education, in Canton, Woodbridge VA and Towanda. His remarkable career spanned four decades and was about to enter its forty-first year of service.
Dave was an avid hunter and trapper. He had a great love for the outdoors, especially Armenia Mountain where he was raised. Each day he would walk from his home just north of Canton to Lamb’s Lookout and back. He also was a great lover of sports and coached basketball in Canton, Woodbridge and Towanda.
Dave was married to the former Sandy Seelye and together they raised two sons and celebrated 39 years together June 17th of this year. Dave’s positive impact on young people extended beyond those in his classroom. He had a knack for connecting with people of all ages, and a generous heart for helping those less fortunate.
Dave is survived by his wife, Sandy, at home; sons Derek (& Katie) McWilliams, Culpepper VA, and Joshua McWilliams, Canton; nephew Chris (& Sonji) Wallace and great nieces Hanna and Jordan; nephew Scott (& Brittany) Seelye Jr.; niece Lauren (& Josh) Dennis and great niece Essie; nieces Caitlin Seelye, Emily Seelye and nephew Ryan Seelye; brother-in-law Scott (& Cherie) Seelye, Sr.; Uncle Paul Machmer, Sr.; numerous cousins, friends who knew him through school and hunting, and the many students whose lives he touched.
` He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Jean McWilliams, brother Robert McWilliams, sisters Moureen McWilliams and Donna Wallace.
` Calling hours will be 4 to 7 PM Thursday, July 6th, at Morse and Kleese Funeral Home, 94 N. Center Street, Canton, with a celebration of Dave’s life to follow at 7 PM.
Interment will be private. (morseandkleesefuneralhome.com)