David Freeman Waugh

January 23, 1951June 5, 2020

David Freeman Waugh, 69, passed away on June 5, 2020. After surviving cancer and years of heart disease, he died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. David was the beloved husband of Marilyn (DiMario) Waugh and proud father of daughter Heather Waugh Lober (Michael), and sons Matthew Waugh (Amy), and Mark Waugh (Susan).

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, on January 23, 1951, David was the son of the late Warner Waugh and the late Audrey (Holloway) Waugh, brother to Carleton (Candace), Bryan, and Richard (Linda) Waugh.

David enlisted the U.S. Navy and retired after twenty years having attained the rank of YN Senior Chief. He graduated from the Senior Enlisted Academy at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and was a Surface Warfare Specialist. He received many awards in the U.S. Navy including Sailor of the Year, Commendations and Navy Achievement Medals. David continued his education at Florida Community College obtaining an Assocciates of Arts degree.

After retiring from the Navy, David worked as Assistant to the Tax Collector of Duval County for twenty-two years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

As a youth, David excelled in sports and is still remembered for pitching a no-hitter in Senior Little League. In the Navy, Dave continured his athletics in baseball, softball, and racquetball. Dave instilled in his children the love of sports and coached their baseball, softball and soccer teams.

In addition to sports David loved traveling to many countries all around the world. He loved being social and making new friends. His deep care and concern for people made him loved by all.

David's dedication and love for family was an inspiration to all. In addition to his wife and children, David had nine grandchildren, Samantha, Brittany, Ashley, Megan, Hailey, Hannah, Ethan, Isabelle (deceased) and Tylor. He also had one great-grand daughter, Mackenzie.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Mary Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, 9401 Staples Mill Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32244. Burial with military honors in the Jacksonville National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

*Social distancing will be required at the Memorial Mass and Receiving of Friends*


  • Receiving of Family and Friends

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Memorial Mass

    Saturday, July 11, 2020


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Skippy Lober

June 26, 2020

David’s passing is a terrible loss, but he left a beautiful legacy- his family. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman -a wonderful, caring, and fun- loving human being who made everyone feel special !

Samantha Waugh

June 20, 2020

To anyone who might be reading this thank you for your condolences I truly treasure every memory you all are sharing. We knew Poppy’s time with us was coming to an end but it has hit all of us hard knowing that he is gone. Poppy was the kindest man I will ever know. He was my grandfather but also one of my best friends. I wish I could hug him again because they were the best hugs anyone could receive. Although our time with our Poppy was cut short i take comfort in knowing he is in heaven with all of our loved ones that have passed. I know he is enjoying sitting and talking to them all again. R.I.P

Carol Sollitto

June 11, 2020

Well Cuz..Although we didn't see one another often ,you were in my heart. You have left a wonderful legacy in your children. Marilyn,I know for certain you and your family will never lose him. Dave will continue to participate in every act,thought and decision you make. Keep your precious memories. Love,Carol

Carleton “Butch” Waugh

June 11, 2020

You know I’ll miss you forever. Your humor, your advise, our sharing moments in the past are things that I’ve always needed. You often called me you older brother and that you looked up to me. But, in fact, it was I who looked up to you for support. You were the one I’d go to when I had a problem. You were the crutch.
Have the peace you so deserve, Dave, and kiss Mom & Dad for me...

Pam Bell

June 11, 2020

I know David, Poppy, through his daughter, Heather’s Atlanta family, with Mike, Hailey and Hannah who he loved so well. He always served others with an unending smile exuding calm. I knew his Mother’s deep faith and am heartened in the assurance that they are reunited. Marilyn and family, please know that you are in my prayers trusting that you will take refuge in knowing our Lord comforts all who mourn.

Joe StAngelo

June 10, 2020

David was a great friend all thru our High school days it was really great to have. spoken to him and Marilyn just a few weeks ago RIP my friend,
Joe St. Angelo

Ray Sousa

June 9, 2020

David was a dear friend and cousin. I admired his strength and love of family. Certainly, Dave earned my respect as someone to look up to. He loved his family, friends and his Lord. I know he’s in heaven watching over us. Until we meet again buddy. Love you.

Carol Malicki

June 9, 2020

I knew David for only a short time, as a neighbor and friend in the Freedom at Arbor Mill community. Even in that short time David found his way into the hearts of so many in our community. His easy smile and gentle way brought happiness to our hearts. He will truly be missed. Marilyn, we are here for you for whatever you need.

Matt and Barbara Lucas

June 9, 2020

We’ve never met a nicer person then David. He never had an unkind word to say about anybody or anything. He deeply loved his wife and family and was very religious and talked of going to heaven. I’m sure that’s where he is. We will always love and miss David.

May he Rest In Peace

Terran Miller

June 9, 2020

Poppy was the kindest soul I ever met! He always knew how to make anyone smile and I won’t ever forget his smile or how he always tried to make sure everyone was ok. Or how he would love spending time and playing with Kenzie and the one time she threw the ball and was going to get in trouble but he played it off like it was him haha! I won’t forget the times he was so tired but would stay up because he didn’t wanna miss spending time with the family. I know he’s looking down on us all, he was a great man and soul! I love you all and everyone’s in my prayers.