David Hatfield

Died: Wed., Sep. 4, 2019


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David W. Hatfield, 72, died Wednesday due to injuries
sustained in a fall. His wife, son, and daughter
were with him at the end and his passing was painless
and quick. He had recently returned from a trip to
Oregon to visit his sister. The only
family member missing at his bedside
was his cat, Bidgie.
David was a bit of an enigma,
something of a social recluse,
and most certainly a Luddite of
admirable degree. He would “tsk
tsk” his daughter for writing this
obituary on a computer and not
one of the 54 antique and vintage
typewriters that he painstakingly
restored and collected. (Anyone want a typewriter?
There are some beauties in there…). He also recently
rekindled a passion for badminton, loved bicycles,
Nordic Tracks of any sort, and fairly esoteric
literature.
David worked for the United States Postal Service
for the majority of his career, though holding a degree
from Drexel University in Commerce and Engineering.
He began his service with the USPS in Philadelphia
as a mail sorter, worked his way up to postal
inspector in New York City and throughout his life
praised his family’s attention to detail saying “That’s
because you’re the [wife, son, daughter] of a trained
investigator!” He went on to work in administration,
ending up in Erie, Pennsylvania and settling in North
East.
He loved canoeing, birdwatching, nature in general,
Land Rovers, journaling, and tinkering in the basement
with various projects and ideas. He wrote the
best letters in the world. He spent time volunteering
for McCord Memorial Library, to which memorials
may be made in his memory.
He is survived by his wife, Diana Hatfield, daughter,
Sarah Hatfield, son, Charles Hatfield, sister Patricia
(Hatfield) Kopczynski of Oregon, and multiple cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother,
Charles and Pauline Hatfield.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience
of the family.

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Kate Lazzara
   Posted Thu September 12, 2019
Dear Diana and Sarah: No words can convey the loss you have for David's passing. Please, know my heart and prayers are with you always in your sorrow. Love, Kate

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