Dave Knecht, a mechanic of 40 years, was a beloved ranger of Masuk

Dave Knecht, a mechanic of 40 years, was a beloved ranger of Masuk

Dave W. Knecht, of Monroe, died peacefully on September 9, 2022, at his home with his beloved wife Smilie at his side.

Dave was the youngest son of Mr and Mrs Walter and Helen Knecht. He spent his youth at their home on White Plains Road in Trumbull and attended Central High School in Bridgeport, graduating in 1961.

After high school, Dave joined the US Navy. After training in Newport, RI, and Great Lakes, Illinois, he was stationed at submarine base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to balance his military career. At Pearl Harbor, he proudly worked as a diesel mechanic on submarines from 1962 until his honorable discharge in 1964.

Dave was a man with three primary passions, love for his wife and family, Masonic brotherhood, and “old iron”. He was fortunate to combine his passion and his chosen profession with working at Knecht’s Garage in Trumbull for 40 years.

Dave also worked as a Service Manager for Mario Daddario Cadillac/GMC. He culminated in his career working as a security guard at Masuk High School in Monroe, where he was loved by students and faculty alike.

As a young man, Dave was affiliated with the Trumbull Congregational Church and served his community as a member of the Trumbull Center Volunteer Fire Department.

Dave will be remembered for his contributions to the Masonic Brotherhood, having served in all officer positions at Washington Lodge #19 AF and AM in Monroe. Loved and respected by the members, Dave had the honor of being elected to be president of the forum in 1984, and again in 2002.

As a member of the Masonic Brotherhood, he was also affiliated with Hamilton Commandry #5, Baldwin/Housatonic Chapter #13 RAM and Jerusalem/Paugusett Council #16 R+SM.

Dave’s hobbies included working on refurbishing old equipment and tractors. His knowledge, experience and talents were often taken advantage of by his friends and family as he was always willing and available to help with all mechanical issues presented to him.

If you want to see Dave’s smile shine through, all you have to do is show up and ask him to start and operate any of his equipment. He was proud of his ability to show off and explain his accomplishments, and to be able to bring “Old Iron” back to life. He was affiliated with the Tobacco Valley Flywheelers Association, and the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association.

In addition to his parents, Dave died by his five brothers, brothers Elliott, George, Lester and Ernst, sister Edith, and two sisters-in-law, Jane and Jesse in Knecht.

He is survived by Smilie, his beloved wife of 51 years, and son-in-law John Burek (Dedem), along with his two sisters-in-law, Jane and Shirley Knecht. Dave is also survived by several nieces and nephews, along with many other second and third generation relatives – too many to count and list. He was loved by everyone and will be sorely missed.

In his later years, Margaret Kochko attended him, with all the extraordinary skill, care and love that David deserves.

To show appreciation for the superior quality of care provided to Dave by the Virginia Hospital Administration, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to West Haven Virginia Hospital in his memory.

Friends and family are invited to Spadaccino Funeral Home, Route 111 in Monroe, Wednesday, September 14, 4-8 p.m., to celebrate and honor David’s life and memory.

The Masonic funeral service will be held at 7:15 p.m. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home, Thursday, September 15, at 10 a.m. Burial will follow with military honors at Monroe Cemetery, Monroe’s old tanning road. Condolences can be left online at SpadaccinoFuneralHome.com.

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