Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home

1671 Maple Rd, Williamsville, NY


David J. Bubar

December 31, 1947May 11, 2020

BUBAR - David “The Bear” Entered into rest on May 11, 2020. Beloved husband to Carol (Hencinski), loving father to Elizabeth (Thomas) Potempa and David Jr. (Sarah) Bubar; favorite role of Grandpa to Logan, Sophia and Liam; son of the late John and Mary (Fields) Bubar; dearest brother to Mary Jo, Thomas (Judy), John (Kathie), Kathy (Ken) Schupp, and Richard (Cheryl); dearest brother-in-law to Janet (David) Bogdan and the late Steve (Mary) Hencinski); survived by many nephews, nieces, and many other family. Born in Buffalo and worked as a professional in the restaurant industry, but best known for his role as a bartender. Stops include Pizza John’s, Hooligan’s, Danny Ocean’s, Jack’s Place, Calvaneso’s, and Kennedys Cove. At one time, was ranked as the top softball fastball pitcher in WNY. Lived his last three years as a resident of the McGuire Harris Hill nursing home. No prior visitation, A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Marys Church in Swormville at a later time. Arrangements by PERNA, DENGLER, ROBERTS FUNERAL HOME. The family asks that a fond memory you have with Dave be shared online at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com


  • No Prior Visitation, Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date


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Bob Noonan

May 21, 2020

Dave was my cousin. We went to grade school together. We used to rip it up at the family picnics as kids. We had a great time laughing and making fun of the world around us, in and out of school. He was the same wonderful spirited soul as a man as he was as a boy. I never met anyone like him. And never will again. I will carry him in my heart all my days. Bless you dear Cousin! Thanks for all the laughs and joy you spread around in this world. It was a far better place with you in it. May you rest in peace.
Deep condolences to all the family and friends who've lost one of the irreplaceable ones. God Bless you David! With love and respect. Your cousin Bob.

Ronald Liberto

May 20, 2020

I had the distinct pleasure of working with 'Da Bear" he was the one who showed me what it was like to be a professional. Look up the word personality and you should see his picture. I still can picture him as Santa Claus at Hooligans, a role he was meant to play. My kids loved him as much as the patrons/friends who would enter those doors. Bar tending never felt like a job when you worked with David, it was like a night on the town. He had away of making everybody feel like they mattered. His one liners were epic. I can't think of anyone on the staff who did' t love him. My daughter who met "Da Bear" at a very young age and got to see him in his wring through those years. ended up becoming a bartender herself, I like to think she followed the blueprint of making people feel like they mattered..

Joyce Humston

May 19, 2020

Dear Carol,
To you and to your family, please accept my deepest sympathy. Bear was such a kind, compassionate and fun person. He and Bill got along so well through many years at Hooligans and are certainly having a toast together right now. Bear has left many beautiful memories to so many people he touched. What a wonderful legacy.
I’m sending you courage and love and keeping you and yours in my heart. ❤️

Michael Kathryn Casey

May 18, 2020

Prayers to family at these times don't say enough. Had a lot of great times either at ball field or bar(more often) visited "Bear" at most locations starting at pizza Johns and always followed to hear his stories and get a few laughs. RIP

Allan and Debbie Fenetz

May 18, 2020

Dear Carol, Elizabeth and David.
Allan, Nicole and myself are so sorry for your loss.
We have a lot of found memories and we had some great laughs. Like tossing dishes across the water in your back yard. Also remember when Bear would bring my dad home after a few cocktails down on Lovejoy and it took us forever to figure out they were the same person! !
David had a personality bigger then life.
Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Allan ,Deb and Nicole

Mary Maher

May 18, 2020

Bear was always part of our dining experience when my family was celebrating a special occasion at Calvaneso's. We always had a drink with Bear before we were taken to our table. His personality, humor and genuine interest in people had everyone laughing and talking. He could easily keep light hearted banter going with more than 14 people at a time! I will always remember that beautiful laugh🎈

Dick Batterson

May 17, 2020

May I offer my condolences to the family and friends. We knew each other for most of our lives. A fond memory of The Bear I have, is when we all hung around at Galvins Grill on Bailey Ave. One of our buddies, Timmy Galvin, whose Dad owned the bar, went to find his Dad to relieve the afternoon bartender. The Bear took over and worked the rest of the night. The first time he ever tended bar, and did a great job. History was made , and the start of a great career. Miss him, his humor and friendship

James Merigold

May 17, 2020

Kathy and family so sorry about Bear! I was lucky to get to know him from Danny’s and Jacks Place.

Ken Daigler

May 17, 2020

We were roommates on the spring golf trips for 15 or more years. Cross Creek, Quail Hollow, Avalon Inn, Florida (can't remember the name),etc. He always called me 'Roomie' on those trips and other times. I hit the bed before him. When he finally came into the room he would not be quiet until I had a beer with him. The good times we all had together. AKA 'Mulchman'

Ellen & Michael McGreevy

May 16, 2020

Bear was at our wedding in 1993. When we celebrated our 25th anniversary, Bear had to make sure that we were still married. He made his grand celebrity entrance at our party in a handicapped taxi!

The Bear and Raymond (aka "The Bubar Boys") are raising holy havoc in heaven. May they rest in peace.

Your Cousins,
Ellen and Mike


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