David T. Carmody
Loving Father and Devout Parishioner of the Basilica
WATERBURY-David T. Carmody, 93, of Waterbury, CT beloved husband of the late Doris T. (McCooey) Carmody passed away peacefully at Vitas Hospice surrounded by his family on March 24, 2021. David was born in Rathoneen, Ardfert, County Kerry, Ireland on January 12, 1928. He was the son of the late Ellen Reagan and Timothy Carmody.
In 1947, David immigrated to the United States. During the Korean War, he served in the US Army as an Infantry soldier in the Second Infantry Division, 23rd Infantry Regiment. He was seriously wounded in combat on August 18, 1951 at the Battle of the Punchbowl and later received the Purple Heart. He returned to Waterbury after rehabilitation at Walter Reed Hospital. Upon the end of his Military service, he and Doris married on February 14, 1953 and started their family.
David worked at the Lux Company and served as Chairman of the Union for ten years and worked with the Waterbury Labor Counsel. He was a long-standing employee of the US Postal Service and retired in 1993 after over 20 years of service. He was an active member and legislative officer for the American Postal Workers Local 2921 and a lifetime member of Ancient Order of Hibernians. Additionally, he was a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9 and served as their financial secretary. He was honored by the city of Waterbury on March 17, 1999 as an honorary “Waterbury Mayor for the Day”. He graduated alongside his daughter Sheila from Mattatuck Community College in 1982 with his Associates Degree.
David was a devout Catholic who expressed his strong faith through an extensive relationship with his local parish. He was a parishioner at the Basilica Immaculate Conception for more than 45 years, a church usher and a faithful member of the Adoration Society since 1993.
David and Doris loved to dance, listen to Irish music and take trips to the casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Connecticut. Enjoyed many visits to his family in Ireland as well as vacations to Europe and cruises to the Carribean, Central America & Alaska. He also loved his visits to Maine and his trip to California. He and Doris loved rooting for the UConn Women’s basketball team.
Affectionately known as “Papa” to his family; David is survived by his four daughters, Patricia D’Antino (Louis D’Antino), Maureen Eisenhandler (David Eisenhandler), Kathleen Kaczor (Brian Kaczor), Sheila McGuinness (Steven McGuinness) and five grandchildren; Jason Bensavage (Veronica Bensavage), Micaela Forshaw (Luke Forshaw), Benjamin Eisenhandler, Megan DeVito (Peter DeVito), Colleen McGuinness and eight great grandchildren; Brianne Bensavage, Jayla Bensavage, Faith Bensavage, Mason Hansen, Aiden Hansen, Bryson McGuinness, Grace Forshaw, Logan DeVito and one sister, Julia Stack of Plantsville and many beloved nieces and nephews both in the US and in Ireland. He is predeceased by brothers Timothy Carmody of Waterbury, and Paddy Carmody and sisters Bridget Ashe and Molly Carmody of Ireland. David will be remembered by his family for his kindness, determination, courage and strong faith.
A Funeral Mass will be on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 1:30 p.m. at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 74 West Main Street in Waterbury, CT. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or ORTV (Office of Radio & Television) 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712 or Macular Degeneration Research 22512 Gateway Center, Drive, PO Box 1952, Clarksburg, MD 20871-1952.
The Murphy Funeral Home, 115 Willow Street is assisting with the arrangements.
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