David Wayne Rollins
August 14, 1943 – January 10, 2021
David Wayne Rollins, beloved husband, father, educator and woodsman died Sunday, January 10th, 2021 at this home in Troy, NH after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was surrounded by his family when he passed at age 77.
Born to Rodney and Vera Rollins in Hartland, ME in 1943, David was the youngest of five children. David’s great passion was education. His own educational achievements included a diploma from Newport High School in Newport, Maine, a Bachelor’s degree from Farmington State College in Farmington, Maine and a Master’s Degree from Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
David was a true renaissance man and a passionate educator. He found personal joy and professional success teaching 3-4th grade students in Winchendon, Massachusetts and Dublin, New Hampshire between 1967 and 2008. He used his love of learning, his skills as a carpenter, outdoorsman and cook and his ever-present sense of humor to bring inspiration and laughter to his students and his peers.
During the 1980s David worked as a real estate agent and then a broker in Cheshire County. Through this endeavor he was able to share his love for the Monadnock region with his co-workers and clients. This career also allowed him to purchase his cherished Holt Farm, where he chose to spend his last years.
Mr. Rollins is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret and his children Lisa and J Rollins. There will be a celebration of his life this August in Troy.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to one of the charities that support Parkinson’s research, elementary education in Dublin, NH or Forest Conservation in New Hampshire. Some suggestions: Parkinson’s Foundation New England, Dublin Consolidated School PTO, Granite State Woodland Institute, and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
A Celebration of David's Life will be held at a later date
David Wayne Rollins
January 18, 2021
The Rollins Family,
Sorry for your loss. From what I read in the Keene Sentinel David was a man of passion and distinction. From what I have seen in you, J and Lisa, "the apple does not fall far from the tree". Again, please accept my condolences.
January 16, 2021
Working with Mr. Rollins at Dublin Consolidated School was always an adventure for the students and me. (I was aide to the teaching principal.) Humor was generally involved. I think Dave aimed for humor and surprise all of the time in part to set the day's tone and because that is just who he was. One morning when I was walking to the classroom a couple of students who had arrived early were in the hallway watching me more avidly than usual. Entering the room, I found a tower of boxes filled with Matzos that they had built on my desk and chair. It looked to be more than 100. The students and Dave were delighted with my reaction. And then Dave asked me to store all of the boxes! He/we used those Matzos from Stan's Store into the next school year to give students snacks, especially at the end of the school day. Sometimes with wicked hot sauces he'd introduced to the children. Life at DGS was never dull with Mr. Rollins there.