David G. Hallstrom, 49
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SCARBOROUGH -- David G. Hallstrom, 49, of Arundel, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a long, brave battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
He was born in Portland on May 24, 1962, the son of Joseph N. Hallstrom Sr. and Beverly B. (Woodman) Hallstrom. David grew up in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School.
For many years he practiced his trade of carpentry, but the idea of adventure took hold and he went to work for Gabriel Electronics, traveling throughout the United States. Just prior to his retirement due to his stem cell transplant in July of 2007, he worked for McBrady Roofing. In all things that he did he took great pride in his workmanship and was a team player.
David was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and camping. These activities he learned from his Dad as a child, and he took great pride and enormous pleasure spending time with his own son teaching him these activities and so much more. He also enjoyed football and NASCAR.
David never lost sight of hope. In the beginning he hoped for a cure. When there was no cure in sight, he hoped that a stem cell transplant would give him more years in his life. Although he experienced a short lived remission, his illness returned. He endured years of treatment all with the hope to live a little longer and to enjoy each day to the fullest by being in the moment. He always had a smile on his face and whenever anyone asked how he was his reply was always the same, 'I'm good, how about you?' His thoughts were always on the welfare of others.
He enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; time spent with his son, a visit with friends and family, all things in natureÉlakes, rivers, ponds, the ocean, the woods and the mountains and all four seasons in Maine. He could often be found sitting quietly at Roger's Pond in Kennebunk reading the paper with the sun shining down on his face. Here he often found peaceÉ
David was predeceased by his mother, Beverly Hallstrom; and brother Joseph N. Hallstrom Jr. in 2007. He is survived by his son, Jacob N. Hallstrom and his father Joseph N. Hallstrom Sr.
David G. Hallstrom
of Arundel; one sister, Susan M. Paquette and Daniel Raposa of York; and several nieces and nephews including Joseph N. Hallstrom III, Katrina, Kelly and Kristen Hallstrom, Jennifer Paquette, Jaimee (Paquette) Hanscom, Bobby Hanscom, and Jim Paquette, who was not only his nephew but his best friend. During the last few years of David's life he was blessed with the special love and support from Linda Hall of Monterey, Calif. David is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins, grandnieces and grandnephews and many friendsÉall who held a special place in David's heart.
Our family would like to sincerely thank the many people at Maine Center for Cancer Medicine in Brunswick, Scarborough and Biddeford. We would also like to thank those at MMC, SMMC, Dana Farber and Brigham's and Women's Hospital in Boston. At the end of his life David received care at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.
David was a fiercely independent spirit with a strong will. He fought this illness with courage, hope and determination and every step of his journey was guided by a dedicated, compassionate and professional team of experts who walked with him every step of the way. For that and more we will be eternally grateful.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at 11 a.m., at New Calvary Cemetery, 1462 Broadway, South Portland. A celebration of David's life will follow at Roger's Pond, 49 Water's St., Kennebunk, at 12 p.m., where refreshments will be served. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State St., Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made for a memorial bench being placed at Roger's Pond
in David's name. Contributions may be mailed to:
Joseph Hallstrom Sr.
P.O. Box 824
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 21, 2011