David B. Hyde

AUBURN | David B. Hyde, 75, of Auburn, and formerly of Rochester, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 2, 2016 at Auburn Community Hospital. His cause of death was cardiac arrest, although he suffered courageously for many years with cancer.

Mr. Hyde was born in Rochester, N.Y., on May 6, 1940, to the late Raymond and Gladys Hamilton Hyde. He was a graduate of RIT in civil engineering and was also a licensed land surveyor, working many years in highway and bridge construction. He also served many years as fire chief for the Point Pleasant Fire Department in Irondequoit, N.Y. His latest employment was with Prudent Engineering in Syracuse, N.Y., after he moved to Auburn in 2007.

David had many interests, a lot of which involved sports. He played football, hockey, and tennis in his younger years and loved golf later in life. Watching a Bills football game on a Sunday afternoon with family was a highlight of his weekend. David also loved the Finger Lakes and was a member of the Owasco Yacht Club.

In addition to his handy work around the house and yard, he was “handy” in the kitchen – a master chef. At family get-togethers, it was their wish for David to create once again his fabulous antipasto salad. He also was truly appreciated as a volunteer at Auburn Community Hospital for several years and was a resident caregiver at Matthew House before his last recurring bout with cancer.

David is survived by his longtime companion, Carol McNeill, of Auburn; his daughter, Debbie Hyde (Frank Kirchner); his son, Mark (Maureen) Hyde, and his grandchildren, Caitlin and David Lombino, and Lily, James, and Keira Hyde, all of Rochester. He is also survived by his “adopted” family, Michael McNeill (Mary Lou Haney), of Auburn, Stacy McNeill, of Syracuse, Robert McNeill (Kate), of Park Ridge, Ill., and Carrie Ieda (Christopher), of Canandaigua, and his grandchildren, Ava and Aiden Ieda, and Connor, Mia, Sammy, and Lincoln McNeill.

In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Hyde and his wife, and by his sister, Jeanette O’Neill and her husband.

David was a very giving and thoughtful man. He will be remembered for his kind words and his care and concern for his families, friends, and others. He was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church where he also served as a lector and Eucharistic minister. David had a very special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and she surely reserved a special place for him with her.

Calling hours for David will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9 in St. Mary’s Church. A Mass to celebrate David’s life will immediately follow at noon.

A special thank-you to the staff at Auburn Community Hospital for all the loving care and kind words given David during his several stays these past few years.

Arrangements are with White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn.

Donations in David’s name may be made to Matthew House, 43 Metcalf Drive, Auburn, NY 13021, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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