David L. Relyea, 54 of Owasco, NY passed away peacefully after a valiant fight with cancer on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at SUNY Upstate Hospital, with his loving wife at his side.
He was born in Rochester, NY, the son of Lloyd and Elaine Moore Relyea. Dave graduated from H.W. Schroeder High School in Webster, Class of 1984, and received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University, Class of 1988.
He was employed as a sales and applications engineer for AM&C in Victor. Dave enjoyed the outdoors, especially sailing, water skiing and downhill skiing. He was an avid international traveler and loved visiting lighthouses. Dave was a hockey enthusiast, with the Boston Bruins being his favorite team. Dave’s Mensa Genius mind and kind and gentle ways will never be duplicated and will forever be treasured in the hearts of those who loved him.
He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Julie Relyea of Owasco, his parents Lloyd and Elaine Relyea of Webster, six children, Sean Relyea of Saratoga Springs, Kristina Taylor of Auburn, Brent Taylor of Kenmore, Corrine Taylor of Elmira, Heather Taylor and fiancé Nicholas Allen of E. Syracuse, Gregory Taylor of Cortland, Molly (Nick) Kinner and grandchildren Ryker and Rylyn, Mike (Patti) Taylor and grandchildren Tristan and Hannah, sister Amy (Gregg) Kneipp and nephews Alex and Brent, mother and father-in-law Vi and Bob Bush of Allegheny, sisters-in-law Gloria Swetland and fiancé James Arveseth of Olean, Monica (Duane) Thomas of Olean, brother-in-law Brad Bush of Endicott, as well as numerous associates, friends, cousins, nieces, nephews and beloved Granddogs Bear and Finn.
Dave was predeceased by his first wife Paula Relyea.
Calling hours are this Friday 2-4 and 7-9 in the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. David’s Mass of Christian burial will be held this Saturday at 9:30 am in St. Mary’s Church, Auburn. All state mandates will be enforced.
Dave’s courageous battle led to his friends and family nicknaming him “Superman” through his heroic efforts to defeat the terrible enemy Cancer. From this, we welcome and encourage superhero attire to calling hours.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Julia Relyea for a David Relyea Clarkson Scholarship Fund.
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