Michael David Preston
May 10, 1936 – May 28, 2019
M. David Preston, 83, of Whiting, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Community Medical Center in Toms River, NJ. Dave was born and raised in Baden, PA. He graduated with 2 Bachelor’s degrees, in Fines Arts & Music and Education, from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburg, PA and went on to earn his Master’s and Doctorate of Education from the University of Pittsburg. Dave enlisted in the United States Army where he served as an instructor in the Signal Corp at Fort Gordon in Georgia.
Dave began his professional career as a music teacher at Baden-Economy Junior High School. He then served as principal of Ambridge High School in Ambridge, PA and Lewistown High School in Lewistown, PA. He eventually became superintendent of the Lake Lehman School District, and later, the Hellertown School District. Dave retired at age 55 and pursued multiple hobbies including fishing, community & charity work and enjoying his passion for music, often playing piano as a volunteer at multiple community & charity events. He most especially enjoyed being a grandfather.
Dave is predeceased by his parents, Michael and Mary Perlakowski; and his grandson, Jaden Mark Preston. He is survived by his brother, Glenn Perlakowski and his wife Linda of Whiting, NJ; his 2 sons, Jonathan Preston and his wife Sharon of Fort Worth, TX and Mark Preston and his wife Carrie of Richmond, VA; 5 grandchildren, Michael, Braden, Jacob, Lily and Jackson; and 3 nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12-1pm at The Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road, Whiting, NJ 08759. A Memorial Service will follow at 1pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave’s memory to the Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at www.alz.org.
P.O. Box 96011 , Washington, Washington, D.C.
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, June 8, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 8, 2019
Michael David Preston
June 14, 2019
I probably took David's picture at every affair he played for in recent years, but here are the last two from April 2019. We certainly will miss him here in Cedar Glen Lakes, and so will my camera.
June 4, 2019
Cousin Glen, you and your family are in my prayers. I remember when I was pretty young, I would try to play the grand piano at your house. I had not yet started lessons, so it was pure musical gibberish, but I remember David patiently encouraging me. Later in my teens, after I had taken many years of lessons, he was so positive and complimentary about my playing. David really knew how to encourage a person's sense of self-worth. I know he will be missed, and may God comfort you all now and in the future.
In sincere sympathy,
Lorraine Best Allen
June 3, 2019
I remember so well when I was a young girl and our family would visit Aunt Mary & Uncle Mike. Dave would often be there and he was teaching me to play the piano. Dave and Glenn were 2 of my oldest cousins and I remember my childhood days with them.
My deepest sympathy and love go to you Glenn and all of the family.
May 31, 2019
I met Dave in January 2011 at Alcoeur Gardens when he hired me to help take care of his wife Patti. It was going to be occasional work which turned into a 8 year journey a few days a week . Dave became a part of the family and my everyday life. He was a great person to work for . Over the years we had many chats and laughs . He was always kind to me. Bringing bread , bagels and things from the base where he volunteered for my kids. I will truly miss him and will forever be grateful to work for him. Rest Easy Dave !!!
May 31, 2019
I met Dave at the Pines where I help take care of his wife, Patty. I found him to be a highly intelligent man who had a great sense of humor. He would play the piano for Patty and sometimes I would name the tune or sing along. Often he would bring in bread, bagels and english muffins in for all of us to share. He was always good for a joke as we shared many. He loved Patty very much! I will miss him terribly. Fly free my friend.