Dr. Wm David Close, 77, of Bradford, died on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at his home.
David taught school in Southampton, NY, New York City and Brockport, NY. He also did substitute teaching in the Bradford School District. He taught several subjects; including history, physical education, developmental reading and special education. David also coached basketball, soccer and baseball.
While teaching in New York City, David coached with Bill Polian, who is now in the football hall of fame. David played rugby and semi-pro basketball while living in New York City. While in high school, David played several sports and was named to the district nine first team and the Big Thirty All Star team in basketball. David earned a Bachelor of Science at West Virginia University, a Master of Science at St. Bonaventure University and a Doctorate of Science in Cognitive Studies. He has also written several books including: Deadly Woods I, Deadly Woods II, Between Classes, Three Reading Plays for Children and several books of poetry, the latest being Provoking Pathways. David also created a local sports paper in Bradford called, “Around the Horn”.
David belonged to several clubs in Bradford and enjoyed reading, writing, walking, playing golf and having beers with his friends.
He is survived by one son, Arick (Erika) Close of Bradford; one daughter, Corrine Close of Greensboro, NC; one sister, Penny (Ron) Filler of Vero Beach, FL; three grandchildren, Mason and Alyson Close and Teagan Johnson and two nephews, Matt and Mark Filler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and June Close and his long-time companion, Joanie Lyons.
Visitation will be held on Friday, March 3, 2023 at the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Klouw, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Limestone Cemetery, Limestone, NY.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that memorials be made to the Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW, 94 Barbour St., Bradford, PA 16701 or the American Legion Post 108, 210 West Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc.
Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.