David A. Goff

David A. Goff, 76, of Vermontville, died peacefully Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 at Adirondack Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Vermontville on June 2, 1947, he was the son of Robert and Hazel (Tyler) Goff. David married the love of his life, Diane T. LaMay, on Nov. 21, 1964, in St. Bernard’s Church. Diane predeceased him in 2014.

David had been a life-long resident of the Saranac Lake area and retired from BOCES in Saranac Lake after many years.

He was a member of the NY National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge, and a former member of the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club and Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

David was known as an electrician, plumber, contractor, water dowser and just a regular Jack-of-alltrades.

David took great pride in his family and would go to the end of the earth for his “girls,” their husbands (that he treated as sons) and especially his grandkids. Even the pets of the family were loved by Papa because he was always known to have biscuits for them. His cat Bella will miss him dearly.

For a man that never actually owned a hardware store, it was well known through the community that if you needed something to complete a project or fix something, “Dave would have it,” and the best part was he actually did.

Survivors include three daughters, Missy Begor and her husband Wayne of Vermontville, Tammie Sullivan and her husband Wade of Morrisonville, and Tacey Bodner and her husband Daron of Weare, New Hampshire, and grandchildren Kristina Neale (James), Courtney Sullivan (Charles Beach), David Sullivan, and Cody, Brennan and Brianna Bodner.

He is also survived by his siblings Gene Goff (Ellen), Donald Goff (Karen), Betty Wilson (Garry) and Donna Thibodeau (Marcel), sisters-in-law Donna Goff, Ardeth Goff and a very special young lady Kelsey Yelle, as well as many, many people along his journey that referred to him as Papa, countless nieces and nephews, and many friends.

David was predeceased by his parents, four sisters, Mary Ellen Keith, Anna Yott, Emma Keith and Lula LaBrake, four brothers, Robert Jr., John, Thomas (Bud) and Bruce, a daughter Rebecca and grandson Kyle Begor.

Calling hours will take place at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will take place at a later date at Union Cemetery in Vermontville.

Family and friends wishing to remember David are asked to make memorial contributions to the Saranac Lake Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their condolences and memories at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.