David "Chief" J. Kaval

June 21, 1930February 18, 2021

David J. Kaval “Chief”, 90, of Eastham, MA passed away peacefully on February 18, 2021.

David was born on June 21, 1930 in Brockton, MA. At the age of 5, David moved to the Inwood section of Manhattan where he attended George Washington High School. At the age of 17, David enlisted in the US Navy and later became Chief Petty Officer in the Seabees, Construction Battalion. He was proud to have spent 33 years in the Navy Reserves.

Later in life, David decided to pursue further education and graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Education from City College of New York and a Masters in School Administration from New York University. David loved telling stories about the work he did through the Port Authority job training program in NYC. From there, David instructed 9th-12th grade students in live service and repair of automotive equipment at BOCES in West Nyack, NY, Montville High School, in Montville, NJ, and Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Harwich, MA. At the age of 85, David finally retired from education after spending 16 years at North River Collaborative High School, in Rockland, MA.

From 1988-2000, he was the proud owner of Orleans Power Equipment on 6A in Orleans, where he loved serving the community for over 10 years. David was known as a kind, patient and loving individual who would always stop what he was doing to lend a hand or tell a story.

David was an avid outdoorsman, and always had a fishing pole or clam rake in the car ready to go. He could spot a shore bird diving from a mile away, and he always seemed to know where the fish were. However, David had a little trouble catching them at times.

David lived in Orleans from 1988 to 2004, when he and his beloved wife Ellen built their dream house in Eastham, MA. They were an inseparable duo in the community, attending church at St. Joan of Arc, dancing at the Irish Pub, or out four wheeling on the outer beach.

David is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Ellen Kaval. He also leaves his three children with his late wife Rose Kaval, James of Blairstown, NJ, Richard of Pearl River, NY, and Jean Marie of Blauvelt, NY. He also leaves behind his three step children, Robert Crema of Glen Gardner, NJ, Michael Crema of Litchfield, NH, and Chris Crema of Brewster, MA.

He also is survived by his 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. David was always so proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed their visits to the Cape. A private funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Joan of Arc Church. Burial will follow at the National Cemetery in Bourne. For online condolences, please visit


  • Private Funeral Mass at St. Joan of Arc Church, Private burial at Massachusetts National Cemetery


David "Chief" J. Kaval

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Marion M and Pepe Puzio

April 11, 2021

Let not your heart be troubled as our beloved David has gone home to be with the Lord.
Yes, we are saddened in his absence, but we sorrow not as those who have no hope.
Truly we rejoice for him as he has entered eternal life. " Chief", has left his mark of excellence on all of us who have crossed his path. His wonderful personality, love for God, life, family and friends will never be forgotten and his amazing stories will live on in our memories and cherished in our hearts always.
It is written:
“To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord”
I know Dave was welcomed home into Heaven with a great celebration and with these words,
“Well Done Good and Faithful Servant!”
Until we meet again my friend live in the love, joy and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Amen.
Marion and Pepe Puzio

Sam Furgang

February 23, 2021

With many thoughts and deepest sympathy
to you and your family.
Sandy and Sam Furgang

Jerel Poh

February 23, 2021

I met Chief at North River through my son. Chief was a very kind and compassionate man. Thank you for befriending my son, Chief, and thank you for your service to country, commonwealth, and community. Fair winds and following seas. May our Lord and Savior welcome you home.

Sydney Crema

February 22, 2021

Grandpa Dave. A man of little words but a lot of love to give. He loved many things— fishing, cars, history, teaching, mechanics, watching tv, food, naps, and of course, anything chocolate. I will miss coming to visit you. Words can’t explain how grateful I am that I was with you this past weekend. I wish I could say thank you again- for being there. Being at my soccer games, graduations, birthdays, and everything in between..from when I was little until now. Most importantly, I would say thank you for showing me how to be patient and kind. You will forever be in my heart ♥️
“When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure”
I love you Grandpa Dave
Rest In Paradise ♥️
June 21, 1930 - February 18, 2021

Roger Ackermann

February 20, 2021

He was my Chief in the Navy Seabee Reserve in Yonkers.
He said I was the only reservist he new who saw wartime service In Vietnam.
When I visited him in Cape Cod he would always ask when I would join him in his lawn equipment repair businesses.
He was like a big brother to me and I valued his friendship .
RIP Chief - Roger Ackermann CMA 3