David Ovitt

David Earl Ovitt

Tuesday, December 18th, 1951 - Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
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David Earl Ovitt, 67, of Moreau, passed away on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his loving family, after a six year battle with multiple myeloma. Dave was born in Glens Falls on December 18, 1951, to the late Dorothy (Dickinson) and Warren Ovitt. He was affectionately called “Butch” by his family, a nickname given to him as a child by an uncle. Dave married Karen Collins on March 1, 1974, and they would have celebrated their 45th anniversary this year.
Dave was a 1971 graduate of South Glens Falls High School and worked for 36 years at NIBCO in South Glens Falls until the mill closed. He worked for a short time for Boel Electric and then began the “best job he ever had,” caring for his granddaughter, Riley, and later his grandson, Alex, when he was born.
Dave was a loving and devoted husband, father, papa, son, and friend who encouraged and supported his daughters in all of their endeavors. His grandchildren were the light of his life. Dave was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, attending the activities and events of his children and grandchildren, camping at Bulwagga Bay in Port Henry, and his weekend rides in the truck with Rob. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Alaska by taking an Alaskan cruise with his wife, daughters, and sons-in-law in 2017. Dave was a founding member of the Burnham Mountain Lodge and Camp Plummer hunting camps. He loved living on the Hudson River on the same road on which his mother was born and raised.
Dave was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Stanley Walsh and Walter ‘Pete’ Walsh; sister, Shirley Harris; father-in-law, John ‘Jack’ Collins; nephews, Steven Hopkins, Tom Harris, and Jami Ovitt; and great-nephew, Daniel LaPointe.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Karen; daughters, Tina Ovitt, and her husband, James Wheaton, of Wilton, and Lori Johnson, and her husband, Andrew, of Glens Falls; granddaughter, Riley Ovitt Johnson; grandson, Alexander Thomas Johnson; “granddaughter,” Jessica Fosmer; and Robert Fosmer and his wife, Leah, of South Glens Falls, whom he loved like a son and daughter-in-law. He is also survived by his brothers, Ronald Ovitt, of Hudson Falls, and Milford (Brinda) Ovitt, of Hudson Falls; sisters, Mildred ‘Mickey’ Hopkins, of South Glens Falls, Mary (Lloyd) Jacox, of Cape Coral, Florida, and Joan Smail, of South Glens Falls; special nieces, Kelly Cook, of Gansevoort, Connie (Jim) Walsh-Toler, of Moreau, and Kathy (Carl) Petteys, of Wilton; mother-in-law, Helene Collins, of Queensbury; brother-in-law, Kevin Collins and his wife, MaryAnne, of Canton, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews. Additionally, Dave is survived by his Burnham Mountain Lodge, Camp Plummer, and Bulwagga Bay families, and many close friends, including Richard and Elaine Aiken and Ben and Charlene Bell, all of Fort Edward.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his “team,” physician/friend Dr. Edward Liebers, and his wonderful staff for the loving care they gave Dave during his illness.
Friends may call from 4-7 pm on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main Street, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 am on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 80 Saratoga Ave., South Glens Falls, with the Rev. Guy A. Childs officiating. Rite of Committal will be conducted in the spring at a date to be determined. For online condolences, please visit
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the South High Marathon Dance, 42 Merritt Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803, to help others in need as the South High community helped them. Dave was a 2016 recipient of the South High Marathon Dance. Memorial donations may also be made to support Panther Ajak Mayen’s mission to provide South Sudanese children with school supplies. Panther is a “Lost Boy of Sudan,” author of Escaping Nightmares, Living Dreams: A True Story of One of the Lost Boys of Sudan, and a personal care assistant at Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center who befriended and cared for Dave after his stem cell transplant. Panther’s autobiography may be purchased at with the proceeds going to support his mission.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, February 11th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, February 11th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home - SGF
    136 Main Street
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, January 31st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Michael the Archangel Church
    80 Saratoga Ave.
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    Rev. Guy A. Childs
  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery - South Glens Falls
    Main Street
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M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home Staff

Posted at 09:14am
With the first anniversary of David's passing approaching, we are remembering him, his family & friends in our thoughts and prayers. May the memories you share bring you peace.

John Dickinson

Posted at 07:31pm
Karen - So sorry to hear about the passing of David. Stella and I are thinking about you and we will pray for peace for David in his journey to heaven. I stopped by for the wake Monday night but unfortunately for me, it was a very long line and I had another commitment I had to make so I wasn't able to get up to see you. The line certainly spoke of the love and friendship everyone had for David. I did get to see Mary Anne shortly after I first got there and we had the opportunity to chat for a few minutes. Hopefully she passed on to you that I had stopped by. Stella and I send our love and thoughts to you and your daughters and extended family... Love and Peace.......John and Stella

Jeff Cicotte

Posted at 05:38pm
A good man taken to soon, our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. Cherish the great memories that you have.
Jeff Cicotte & Family

Michele shaver jones

Posted at 08:51pm
Thinking of U Karen and your family, Dave was a great guy and I hope U will all have peace in your hearts that he is no longer suffering ,Remember the good times and keep those memories close to your hearts I will try to see U next time I get to New York God Bless U all Michele Shaver Jones

Guy and Shirley Swears

Posted at 03:55pm
Rest in peace my good friend. You got to the hunting grounds before me so do some scouting till i meet up with you again.

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