CAPT USN (RET) David Adam Peszko

7 julio , 194125 marzo , 2020

David A. Peszko CAPT USN (Ret.) 78, passed away at his home in Tampa surrounded by his wife, Ellen and daughter, Lia on March 25, 2020.

He graduated from Lackawanna High School in 1959, attending NYS Ranger School, Paul Smiths College with a degree in Forestry, Nichols College with BBA in Business Administration, Webster University with a MA in Management.

Commissioned as an Ensign in 1966 and served proudly for 30 years as an Intelligence Officer. His service colleges included: US Senior War College, Defense Intelligence College, Armed Forces Industrial College and numerous management seminars.

VP-28, Assistant Intel Officer, Barbers Point, HI; DIA Intelligence Analyst, Washington, DC; USS Mt. Whitney, Assistant Intelligence Officer, Norfolk, VA; FICEURLANT, Norfolk, VA; SUBLANT, Assistant Intelligence Officer, Norfolk, VA; USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69), Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Norfolk, VA; COMFAIRKEF, Chief of Staff, Keflavik, Iceland; SR War College, Faculty Staff and student, Carlisle, PA; Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group Two, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Cryptology, Charleston, SC; Naval Surface Forces Pacific, Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence and Security, San Diego, CA; Naval Special Warfare Command, Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Cryptology and Oceanography, Coronado, CA; US Central Command, CCJ2 Chief of Resources and Requirements, Tampa, FL. In Admiral Weatherington's retirement speech, he personally thanked David for all that he did and stated: “Captain Peszko is the father of modern day SEAL Intelligence.”

He was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle Efficiency (E) Award (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Navy Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (4), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (3), Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Action Medal, First Class Color With Palm), Expert Pistol, Marksman Rifle, SSBN Deterrent Patrol Device.

After retiring, he accepted a position with the U.S. Department of Commerce Census Bureau as local Census Office Manager of Hillsborough County. He served as President of OBPOA for many years. Along with his wife, also served as Clerks for the Hillsborough County Elections. Members of numerous clubs and organizations.

Proud member of the International Thunderbird Club, Dave’s lifelong passion was for his 1956 Thunderbird. His wife Ellen found it for him in 1975. Over the years he worked to fully restore it with the help of his sons Davin and Morgan as well his grandsons, Chase & Tim. To the average eye it may have looked 100% restored, but anyone who knew him understood that it would never be done and there would always be something to work on. Dave enjoyed displaying his T-Bird at numerous Classic Car shows along with his daughter, Lia, winning many trophies.

As a child, he joined the Boy Scouts, eventually achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Also, a member of Order of the Arrow. As a father, he enjoyed passing on his love of scouting and camping to his sons.

David, or ‘Dzia-Dzia’ as he was referred to by his grandchildren, loved working with them on a variety of projects in his garage. Whether it be wood working, metal fabrication or tinkering on his car. ‘Dzia-Dzia’ truly was a handy man and was well equipped to fix, repair or build just about anything. In recent years, he built an Axe Throwing Arena in the backyard for them all to enjoy when they came over.

A big family tradition was shooting off Fireworks at the end of the pier by their home. Every occasion was a cause for celebration and all the family would look forward to our trips to Phantom to buy bigger and better fireworks. The celebrations would always be concluded with the firing of his personally restored and rebuilt cannon. (Still not sure if it is legal or not!) Family Vacations to the Lighthouse will forever remain some of the most treasured memories we will hold in our hearts. We are eternally grateful for our final Family Reunion there just 2 months ago.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Peszko and 4 children, Davin (Cherette) Peszko; Lia (Tim) O’Neill; Morgan and Megan Peszko; Grandchildren, Chase Geiger; Logan and Trista Peszko; Tim and Anya O’Neill. David is also survived by sister Diana (Joe) and brothers, Mark (Nan) Peszko, Wayne (Diane) Peszko. Our family is grateful for our family and friends, Lifepath Hospice, Paula and Burgundy Team, Father Tom and Chaplain Ed. Private services will be held Monday, March 30th, 2020. Internment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors at a later date.


  • He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Peszko and 4 children, Davin (Cherette) Peszko; Lia (Tim) O’Neill; Morgan and Megan Peszko; Grandchildren, Chase Geiger; Logan and Trista Peszko; Tim and Anya O’Neill. David is also survived by sister Diana (Joe) and brothers, Mark (Nan) Peszko, Wayne (Diane) Peszko.

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CAPT USN (RET) David Adam Peszko

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Kathy Herman

abril 19, 2020

I was about 4 years old when my brother Jim Lasher and Dave graduated Lackawanna High and joined the navy. In all the years since, I dont think Jim ever had a better friend. He talked about Dave often, the old times and the new. God comfort his family as I know these two are together again in peace and no pain.

Jacki Byrtus

abril 7, 2020

A life well lived!
Thank you for your service!
❤& 🙏 to the family.

Jean Brost

abril 7, 2020

Although I'd known Ellen since high school and roomed with her in college, I didn't get to meet Dave till they were stationed in Washington. We managed to stay in touch with visits in CA and FL through the years, and I so remember Dave's BIG SMILE - always. And what a trooper to the end with all those rounds of treatments - such a good soul. Ellen - my dear friend - we'll see each other soon! My love to the whole family.

Broni & Norma Kopra

abril 1, 2020

Dear Ellen, Norma and I, and Pat, enjoyed seeing you, Dave, and your family during your stay in California. Aways felt sad that our paths haven't crossed since, but we have fond memories.
Broni and Norma Kopra

Betty and Ron Risk

abril 1, 2020

Dear Ellen,
We just heard today about David and are so very sorry for your loss. He was such a good man. We both liked him a lot and he will be missed. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Betty n Ron Risk

Colonel Paul Morgan USA (RET) Special Forces

marzo 30, 2020

Dave was my friend and intelligence compatriot. I was Director of Intelligence, USSOCOM/MacDill/Tampa; while he served as Intel Chief for NAVY SEALS (San Diego/Coronado. I knew him way back at Carlisle again when he served at USCENTCOM. I treasure the times we journeyed to PuertoNuevo, Mexico for lobster dinners. I can picture us working hard and enjoying each others company. He had a most distinguished career both in the NAVY and with joint assignments and was clearly a great servant to our Nation. As a career Special Operations officer, I can say that Dave was a first class asset to our community. We were on the same glide path and I will miss him as both a professional and a team mate.

John and Carolyn Lockett

marzo 30, 2020

To Ellen and family,
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Dave, and we were so blessed to have known our friend and neighbor for the 26 years we lived on Old Bayshore Way. We watched each other build our homes, fought together for our beautiful neighborhood in those early years and enjoyed just being neighbors who had each other’s backs. We always knew Dave had the answers to any problem and enjoyed the wonderful sidewalk talks, as we watched together our families grow up and leave the nest. We will always think of Dave with love and respect for the man he was and that smile and twinkle in his eyes as he talked about his beloved wife and family.
Our prayers are with you all,
John and Carolyn Lockett

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