David Michael Broy, 71, passed away April 9, 2021 at his home in Mechanicsburg, PA.
David was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1950. He was predeceased by his parents Lewis and Estella Whittington Broy. Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Susan Sweger; 2 daughters, Amanda Lynn Whitney (Jason) of Stafford, VA , and Olivia Michelle of Mechanicsburg, PA; 1 step-grandson, Tyler Whitney; 5 siblings, brother Larry and wife Mary Lewis of Bunker Hill, WV, sister Nancy and husband Larry Kees of Martinsburg, WV, sister Sharon “Dee Dee” Johnson of Martinsburg, WV, brother Jeffrey and wife Cathy of Berkeley Springs, WV and sister MaryAnn and husband Reginald Reed of Sykesville, MD; and many nieces and nephews. He was a lover of dogs, sometimes known as the local dog whisperer, and leaves behind his rescue Lilly and 5 grand dogs—Duke, Ocho, Keely, Bailey, and Jax.
He was a 1969 graduate of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Martinsburg, WV. He graduated from Hagerstown Junior College, MD with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and from the University of Baltimore, MD with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Pennsylvania State University in Middletown, PA.
David lived life to the fullest in spite of various health issues from an early age. He was a man of many hats. He earned the honored Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Award when a boy scout in high school. He developed a love of all things fire department related and joined the Martinsburg Fire Department as a junior firefighter. He later was employed as a professional firefighter and EMT, then went on to Deputy Sheriff, WV State Police Academy and City of Martinsburg Police Officer. After completion of his graduate studies, he was employed by the United States Federal Government at the General Accounting Office in Washington D.C. for several years. He was elected to the President’s Committee on Employment of the Handicapped while there. David transferred employment to PA to work at the Naval Support Activity, Mechanicsburg where he was platform manager of the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC) ship program. After retirement, he started his Olde Berkeley Construction business.
He was a lifetime member of the Hampden Township Volunteer Fire Department where he was a firefighter and fire police officer captain. There he enjoyed his role as Santa Claus for many years with Operation HO-HO-HO.
He was a member of the Shepherdstown, WV, United Methodist Church and attended the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg, PA for many years.
He was invited to become a 32nd degree member of the Valley of Harrisburg, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in 1990. He was also a member of the Harrisburg Council No 7, Royal and Select Master Masons, the Capital Area Scottish Rite Club, Harrisburg Snyder Lodge 629, Zembo Shriners where he was Potentate in 2007 with lifetime memberships in all area Shrine Clubs. He was president of the Hershey Shrine Club several times. He was the 2nd Masonic District Chairman for the PA Masonic Foundation for Children, Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, The Zembo Highlanders, Associate Member of the Navy Club of the USA and National Sojourner’s Chapter 76.
He was the coordinator of the Massing of the Colors at Zembo Shrine for several years where he honored Veterans and Gold Star Mothers. He initiated the flag display at the Zembo Shrine where he and many helpers constructed a grid to present an American flag for every fallen soldier’s name that died in the Iraq and Afghanistan war on the temple grounds. In later years, he displayed the ever-increasing number of soldier’s flags at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery and the Elizabethtown Masonic Home fields.
He enjoyed family gatherings, vacations, especially Disney World, and antiquing. But he got most of his enjoyment by helping others in the community.
Memorial donations may be made to the Shriner’s Hospital in Philadelphia, the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation or the Harrisburg Humane Society.
A church service will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 11 AM at First United Methodist Church on 135 West Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. Viewing will be held 1 hour prior to service. Interment will be at Rosedale Cemetery, Martinsburg, WV. A Masonic Service will be held by Harrisburg-Snyder Lodge No. 629 F. & A.M. prior to the church service.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Broy family.