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David A. LeClair, 59

January 04, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — David Allan LeClair, 59, of Pittsfield died suddenly on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Berkshire Medical Center. 

He was born in North Adams on January 8, 1958, a son of Jean Ann (Sebastino) LeClair and the late John A. LeClair Sr. David graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1976 and received his associate degree from Berkshire Community College in 1979. He then obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1981. 

David was employed from 1982 to 2014 at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield as a graphic artist and designer. He later worked at Sugar Hill Senior Living in Dalton and was last employed as a security guard at General Dynamics in Pittsfield. 

David was a former communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church in North Adams. He was an avid Boston Red Sox and Dallas Cowboys fan as well as a Civil War history enthusiast.  He had a knack for decorating both indoors and outdoors. He loved landscaping and maintaining his beautiful lawn and garden and was always there to help friends with their lawn problems. He took great joy in family gatherings and events.  

Survivors include his mother, Jean LeClair of North Adams; two sisters, Suzanne Patenaude and her husband Bruce of North Adams and Linda Hoglund and her husband Edward of Merritt Island, Fla.; and one brother, John A. LeClair Jr. and his wife Kathy of North Adams. He also leaves seven loving nieces and nephews Robert, Mark and Scott Patenaude, Kelsey LeClair, Katelyn McCarthy, and Adam and Michelle Kudelka. He also leaves four grandnieces and two grandnephews.

Funeral notice: Funeral services to celebrate the life of David LeClair will take place Friday, January 12, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapel, 521 West Main St., North Adams, Mass. Burial will take place in the spring in the family plot in Southview Cemetery. A Calling Hour will take place on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m.

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We are so sorry for your loss and know you are in our prayers and thoughts . David was very special to us and we held him close to our heart as he was considered family. Always at the ready to help and he was such a joy to be around . We were so stunned at his passing it broke our heart to think he departed so soon . God knows how much we loved him and the tears we shed for him. Life will never be the same without this gentle loving man. I won't ever be able to call him and say" Dave come on up we have dinner for you or come up and get some desert" We will love him forever and keep the wonderful memories with us always.
from: Carol & Denny Lattizzorion: 01-14-2018

Sorry to read this. There will always be a strong connection between the Rand and Reed St. families. RIP my longtime friend
from: Deb Degrayon: 01-09-2018

Dave LeClair is almost inexplicable in so many ways. Primarily as a man who always gave so much joy to any event or situation. When he walked into a room of a group of people, his smile and first words made everyone react wonderfully. Quite uniquely in this world, Dave always naturally found his place in any environment and people around him reacted just so positively to his presence.

Among many things that he accomplished in his life, he participated in a personal meeting with famed film director Frank Capra while we were filming the very popular movie "It Happened On The Fifth" in Frank Merrigan's Cinematography class at Drury High School. Mr. Capra tipped his hat to Dave and all of us for completing our cinematographic production. This class was a cementing moment in our lifelong friendship and that of many others in our film team as well. He was one of few of us who were not thrown out of the class for disrupting the creative process.

He always had a funny story about his father that made us laugh and remember some of these most memorable sayings for decades and decades.

Sail on my great, great friend.
from: Bruce Whitneyon: 01-09-2018

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