David Henry Haverty
20 June, 1941 – 23 November, 2019
David H. Haverty 1941 – 2019
PORTLAND - David Haverty, 78 passed away on November 23rd, 2019, surrounded by his family. He was born in Winchester, MA on June 20th 1941. The oldest son of Thomas and Lillian (Joyce) Haverty, he was raised in Woburn, MA and graduated from Woburn High School in 1959. Later, he enlisted in the US Air Force and was deployed to Japan during the Vietnam War. He served for four years and was honorably discharged to care for his ailing father.
In 1965 he married his childhood sweetheart, Maureen Patricia Flynn, whom he met while he was her family’s paper boy. They moved to Portland where they raise their three daughters.
He began his working years as a Buick salesman and manager for Haverty Buick, alongside his Uncle, John Haverty, followed by Classic Oldsmobile and eventually Bill Dodge Buick.
One of David’s passions was baseball. In the late 1960’s he and his Uncle John cleared land and built a major league sized baseball field behind their homes on Washington Ave in Portland. Over the years, Haverty Park was the home field for various teams such as the Haverty Buick Wild Cats, Cheverus High School and local Babe Ruth teams. The field was a labor of love. David spent many days maintaining the field but especially loved watching it being used for the sport he loved.
In David’s free time he enjoyed building model boats and gardening. In one season he planted more than 100 tomato plants and 50 pepper plants. He enjoyed sharing his bountiful harvest with family and friends.
Whether in Portland Maine or overseas, David loved to play tourist. With a camera in his hand and binoculars around his neck, his family nicknamed him “Joe Tourist”.
David was a member of Kiwanis and the Knights of Columbus Council #11257 and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church for over 50 years.
He was predeceased by his parents Thomas and Lilian, his twin brother Donald and brother Thomas. He is survived by Maureen, his wife of 54 years; his daughters; Janet Lee and husband Stephen of Bangor, Patty Friberg and husband Todd of Cape Elizabeth, Karen Flaherty and husband Matt of Portland; his grandchildren; Patrick and Connor Lee, Anna and Kate Friberg, and Meghan and Ryan Flaherty; a sister, Elaine Bilicki of Wakefield, MA; sister-in-law Suzanne Haverty of Honolulu; a special aunt, Margaret Haverty of Portland and her daughter Julia, and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the caregivers at Birchwoods at Canco for their exceptional care of David and the entire family over the past few months.
Friends and family are invited to share their memories and offer their condolences by visiting David’s online guestbook at www.jonesrichandbarnes.com
Visiting hours will be Friday November 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. at Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home 199 Woodfords Street, Portland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday November 30th at St. Joseph’s Church 673 Stevens Ave, Portland. A committal will follow at Calvary Cemetery on Broadway in South Portland. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, Maine, 04103. 775-3763.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in David’s memory to: Knights of Columbus Council #11257 c/o David Bergson Our Lady of Hope 673 Stevens Ave Portland, ME 04103
- Thomas Haverty, Father (deceased)
- Lillian (Joyce) Haverty, Mother (deceased)
- Maureen Patricia Flynn, Wife
- Janet Lee (Stephen Lee), Daughter
- Patty Friberg (Todd Friberg), Daughter
- Karen Flaherty (Matt Flaherty), Daughter
- Patrick Lee, Grandson
- Connor Lee, Grandson
- Anna Friberg, Granddaughter
- Kate Friberg, Granddaughter
- Meghan Flaherty, Granddaughter
- Ryan Flaherty, Grandson
- Elaine Bilicki, Sister
- Suzanne Haverty, Sister-in-law
- Margaret Haverty, Aunt
- Julia Haverty, Niece
- Donald Haverty, Brother (deceased)
- Thomas Haverty, Brother (deceased)
Knights of Columbus Council # 11257
c/o David Bergeron, Our Lady of Hope 673 Stevens Avenue , Portland, Maine 04101
- Visiting Hours Friday, 29 November , 2019
- Prayers Saturday, 30 November , 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, 30 November , 2019
David Henry Haverty
November 27, 2019
I was very sorry to learn of the passage of David Haverty. My condolences to all.
David was a great gentleman and family friend. He was buddies with my father, the late Captain Donald McCann, and became a friend of our large family. I think all of us bought a car from Mr. Haverty at one time or another. I bought three that I can remember. There is one occasion that I recall and share here.
My grandmother had died in upstate New York. My father was organizing a car caravan to the funeral, and wanted me to drive several of us there. I told him that my car, at that point, was pretty worn out, and I did not trust it for a long distance trip of such importance. I barely had confidence in driving it to Portland from my home in central Maine, and had been on the verge of trading it in.
Time was short. Dad got on the phone with David, who magically found me a good car, left it at my folks' home with the keys in it and a full tank of gas. He said if I liked it, we could make the transaction upon my return from the funeral. If I did not, I could bring it back and we would look for another. In essence, this was a four day, 700 mile test drive!
I do not know of anyone else who would have done such a thing, As it turned out, I loved that little car (Buick Skyhawk, 4 cylinder, five speed on the floor), and did in fact buy it.
I met David at Haverty Buick, he in his checkered hat that somehow looked cool on him, and a smile on his face, as always.
I am willing to bet that there are hundreds of stories like this out there. I smile whenever I think of him, and am so sad for all of his loved ones for the loss of this very good man.
Peace, Ned McCann, Portland, Maine
November 27, 2019
Dave sold me my first car when Haverty Buick was on Marginal Way. Our paths would cross now and then and the words a gentle, kind, patient, happy, giving and content come to mind when I think of him, RIP Dave.
November 27, 2019
David was a co-worker of mine when I worked in the office at Haverty Buick in the 1970's. Always smiling and pleasant. Too many memories including the parties for many occasions. I always enjoyed the family visits as well. Nice couple!! He could never do enough for anyone. Always willing to help. I remember when they started that baseball field. A great passion for the game. Blessings for the family.