Dave Clapperton

April 15, 1950January 21, 2019

Our beloved Dave Clapperton of Marietta, GA, peacefully left this world on Monday, January 21, 2019. He was surrounded by loved ones as he finally succumbed to cancer after a valiant two year battle. His 68 years seemed far too short, but his spirit will remain with all who had the honor of knowing him. John David Clapperton was born on April 15, 1950 to John Arthur and Betty Jo (Johns) Clapperton in New Martinsville, WV. The second of three children, he was the protector of his big sister and idolized by his younger brother. Despite growing up and moving to different parts of the country, the siblings remained close at heart. Dave shared a love of gardening with his sister and enjoyed hikes in the woods with his brother. Dave was a natural leader. In high school he was class president and an active participant in student body. He had a wonderful singing voice and performed in the chorus and theater. He excelled in athletics including football, basketball, baseball, and track, holding the WV state record in shuttle hurdles for many years. He graduated from Magnolia High School in New Martinsville in 1968 and went on to attend Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, where he graduated in 1972 with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Economics. In college he was President of the school’s Interfraternity Council, an RA, Resident Director, and was listed in Who’s Who in American Colleges. He continued his athletic career as a member of the swim team, specializing in diving. On July 22, 1972, he married Maureen Therese Dodd, daughter of Arthur J. and Helen (Coman) Dodd in Pittsburgh, PA. This formalized their loving journey, which included 46 years of marriage. Maureen was his friend, confidante, and strongest supporter throughout the years. She was always by his side, being of invaluable support to Dave through the ups and downs in life. After graduating from college, Dave had seven successful years in sales working for H.H. Robertson Co. in various locations throughout the eastern US before settling in Atlanta. In 1979, he left H.H. Robertson, joining friend and co-worker Ted S. Miller to form the Miller-Clapperton Partnership, a company specializing in architectural metalwork. Dave and Ted started their company around the kitchen table, yet managed in a few short years to build a business that contributed to some of the most iconic buildings in Atlanta including: Buckhead Diner, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola, and Museum of Human and Civil Rights. Other Miller-Clapperton high-profile projects include: Terminal 2 of the Beijing Airport in China, the San Juan Convention Center in Puerto Rico, Home Depot's headquarters in Atlanta, and Florida Hospital in Orlando. Dave's values had a big impact on those around him. His goal was to create a company that not only provided a quality product, but also had excellent service. Dave always emphasized the importance of honesty, integrity, and family. He took pride in a job well done. Dave led by example and inspired those around him to achieve his high standards. Built on these values, the Miller-Clapperton Partnership has been recognized multiple times by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as one of the top workplaces in Atlanta. It remains a thriving and growing company, with over 150 employees striving to uphold a remarkable legacy as they enter their 40th year in business. Dave's dedication to good business practices was only eclipsed by his commitment to others. Dave was a mentor and trusted advisor to countless people throughout the years. He was always there to give a helping hand or sage piece of advice. He was a "second father", aiding younger generations, including his nieces and nephews, employees, and fellow church members, through life's twists and turns. He was passionate about giving back to the community and many philanthropic causes were close to his heart. Dave had a soft spot for dogs, especially golden retrievers, and over the years three in particular stole his heart: Rory, Riley, and Molly. Dave developed a deep appreciation for Native American culture and history as a Boy Scout, joining a dance troupe and learning about Native American lore and craftsmanship. He collected pottery and Kachina dolls from the Hopi tribe and compiled an extensive library of books on Native American history. Dave enjoyed multiple trips around the world, immersing himself in other cultures alongside Maureen, his family, and co-workers. He was a talented woodworker and in recent years melded his skills with his love of dogs, creating lovely wood-burned pet portraits. Dave was an active member of the Catholic Church, donating his time and talents over the years. Through the trying ordeal of his sickness, he never lost faith and his family is grateful that his strength allowed him to be with us for longer than anticipated. Dave had a large heart, generous spirit, and remained humble despite all of his success. He continues to be a pillar of strength and inspiration; no one who ever had the honor of hearing his kind words, strong voice, or booming laugh will ever forget his presence. Dave is survived by his loving wife Maureen, his mother Jo and sister Barbara Harman (Tom) of Pittsburgh, PA, and his brother Jim (Shannon) of Kamiah, Idaho. Numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family will also miss his presence. He was preceded in death by his father, John. A Mass will take place at the Catholic Church of St. Ann on Wednesday Jan. 30, 2019 at 11:00 am, with a reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Catholic Church of St. Ann, AFLAC Children’s Cancer Center, or University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.


  • Memorial Mass Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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David Marks

January 30, 2019

While I was never blessed with having known Dave personally, Maureen seems to have reflected the resounding magnitude of their partnership, their love.
What tragedy is summoned when love is separated so cruelly, particularly given the very clear partnership of Maureen and Dave.
I extend all my love, and words cannot give healing emotions, but hopefully, by virtue of the veracity of an extended hand, love can offer hope to Maureen, whose friends love her dearly.

Dave St John

January 28, 2019

Maureen and others who knew and loved Dave,

The sorrow and grief we feel from the loss of one we truly loved seem insurmountable at first.
But then, as time smooths out the rough edges of our agonizing sadness, we come to realize that our loved one now sits in the house of the Lord...a destination we all seek.

It seems impossible right now, but we do get the strength to get through all this.

You'll see.

In my prayers,
Dave St John

Linda Lasure Williams

January 23, 2019

I went to junior high and high school with Dave. I remember him as always being kind and polite. He was president of our class, and I don’t even remember anyone challenging him. We all just wanted Dave. The Class of 68 all are saddened by his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Linda Lasure Williams

Dave Chadwick

January 23, 2019

Dave will be missed by anyone that had the good fortune to know him.
We were classmates from the 5th grade through high school. I will always remember when he invited the entire 5th grade class to his home to watch the moon landing in 1961.
He was kind, gentle, generous and selfless and always had a ready smile for anyone.
Very fond memories will remain in his absence.
Prayers and condolences to his family and friends.

Don Riggenbach

January 23, 2019

I went to school with "David" Clapperton back in New Martinsville, WV at Magnolia High School. I found David to always be quite the gentleman when he talked to me and to others in his class. He, in my opinion, was a "class act" and I looked up to him (in more ways than one as he was one of the tallest in our grade) and appreciated his kindness and passion. I am sorry to hear of his passing. May God bless you always.
Don (Donnie) Riggenbach
New Martinsville, WV

scott richter

January 23, 2019

So sorry to hear of David passing. We were neighbors in Paden City WV and our families visited after moving to New Martinsville. Prayers for all family and friends. Hello Barbie!