- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
Millison was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, scoutmaster, role model, mentor and friend to all; the community will mourn his absence.
Dave was a dedicated and revered scoutmaster for Fairfield Boy Scouts Troop 7 for 46 years.
"Dave was extremely proud to have had
sixty-one scouts achieve the rank of Eagle,
with five more currently nearing their goal," commented a family member.
"To him, every scout was 'a great kid;'
his love for kids was boundless."
Active in the community and dedicated to public service, Dave received numerous awards and accolades from local civic and community organizations, municipal departments and town officials.
He was a dedicated foster parent, providing a home and loving guidance for many New Jersey children from 1989 to 2002, and remained committed to his current role as a mentor.
For more than 20 years, Dave served as a Sunday School teacher in both the Fairfield Reformed Church and the First Presbyterian Church at Caldwell, where he was a member. He also served as an elder, deacon, usher and Superintendent of the Sunday School.
He was a founder and later president of the West Essex Fellowship Basketball League, and also served as president of the Camp Wyanokie Commission.
"David Millison loved his God, his family,
his community and children," his family member continued.
"Stories of his generosity and caring nature are endless and
honesty and integrity were deeply ingrained in his character;
he was an exemplary role model.
He sought out opportunities to give, to serve, to mentor and to lead.
To him, a stranger was a friend not yet met and a friend was a friend for life."
Dave was predeceased by his parents, Carol and Harold Millison, and brother, Donald Millison. He is survived by:
- Dave's Wife
Norma Godin Millison
- Dave's Children
Michael Principe and wife Samen
- Dave's Stepchildren
Jon Godin and wife Elizabeth
- Dave's Grandchildren
Kaia, Alexander and Julian
- Dave's Sister
"Dave's endearing love of silly puns and facts from the 'Who Cares Department'
was a big part of his personality," the family member expressed.
"He also had an endless thirst for knowledge
and was a treasure trove of historical information."
The arrangements for David R. Millison are as follows:
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Market Street Mission would be greatly appreciated:
- Market Street Mission
In Memory of David Millison
9 Market Street
Morristown, NJ, 07960
- Contributions may be made online here
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Paul Ippolito Dancy Memorial Home in Caldwell. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.