David C. Heasley, Sr., 83, of Errol, and Kensington, NH, passed away on Wednesday October 7, 2020 at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Bradford, PA on May 26, 1937 the son of Walter C. and Katharine (Ziegler) Heasley and was raised in Ithaca, NY. He graduated from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA and he attended Cornell University where he was a Star High Hurdler, winning the Transatlantic Series. He served in the US Marine Corps.
He was a career pilot for Eastern Airlines, retiring as a Captain on DC-9’s. David spent the rest of his life as the proprietor of Wilderness Aviation in Errol, NH. He was a flight instructor for other pilots and did a lot of flying for the Audubon Society and for Doctoral students in Wildlife Biology at UNH. David’s hobbies included Inuit Art and he enjoyed collecting carvings. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking.
Family includes his longtime companion Carole Ann Williams; his son Cressler Heasley and wife Sydney of Dallas, TX; his daughter Heidi Heasley Ford and husband Charles of West Chester PA; grandsons Sammy and Edwin Heasley and Nathaniel, Peter and Tim Ford; his brother Doug Heasley of Boise, ID; sisters Sheila Gates of Harvard, MA and Dee Van Dyke of Kaneohe, HI; nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Gathering will be held at the Errol Airport on Saturday October 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM. Donations in his memory may be made to the Errol Public Library, 67 Main St., Errol, NH, 03579 or to the Errol Fire & Rescue Squad 127 Main St., Errol, NH, 03579. The Bryant and Fleury Patry Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook at www.bryantfuneralhome.net.