H David Geer

Born: Fri., Feb. 20, 1925
Died: Thu., Mar. 1, 2018


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 08, 2018
Location: Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 09, 2018
Location: First Congregational Church

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Griswold- H. David Geer, 93, of Norman Road passed away on March 1, 2018 at Backus Hospital in Norwich, CT.
He was born February 20, 1925 in Griswold, CT, son to the late Harold F. Geer and Gladys (Gallup) Geer.  On April 2, 1949 he married Barbara J. (Bitgood) Geer.  She survives him.
Dave was well known for many accomplishments.  He started the Geer Construction Co. in 1947 and from there he also started Geer Sand and Gravel and founded the Geer Tree Farm.  With his wife Barbara, they opened The Family Tree Gift Shop which she ran for thirty years. He served Griswold as a Selectman, was a Former President of the Griswold Chamber of Commerce, Former Deacon and long time member of Pachaug First Congregational Church,   Corporater of Jewett City Savings Bank, member of the Griswold Business Association Life, the Pachaug Outdoor Club, and Charter Member of Pautipaug Country Club
Dave Geer is best known as a World Champion Lumberjack appearing on ABC Wide World of Sports, the Johnny Carson Show, To Tell The Truth, What’s My Line, Hobby Lobby, and Dining With The Stars.  
He traveled the world competing, as well as doing lumberjack exhibitions.  One of his favorite places to exhibit was The Woodstock Fair which he did for fifty consecutive years. In 1964, he was presented a winning plaque from President Harry S. Truman in Elkins, West Virginia.  Dave continued to compete well into his eighties and was a true ambassador of the sport.
A favorite part of his life was working in the woods with an axe in one hand and a gun in the other. He always said if you want to be happy for the rest of your life, learn to hunt and fish.

Besides his wife, he is survived by his four children: Holly Kennedy and her husband Paul, Charlotte Geer, Tom Geer, Rick Geer and his wife Carol. He is also survived by a sister Bernice Auretta, his grandchildren Mandy Peterson and her husband Steven, John Goodenough, Brittany Langlois, Amy Morey, Tiffany Anderson and her husband Zachery, Christine Geer, Bowman and wife Liz Geer, and Laura Dietrich and her husband Nick, eight great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his great grandson Justin Bernard, sisters Dorothy Wheeler, Harriet Brown and Marion MacLeod.
Calling hours will be held 5:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home, 490 Voluntown Road, Jewett City, CT.  Memorial service will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 9, 2018 at First Congregational Church of Griswold, Griswold, CT.  
Immediately following the memorial service, there will be a reception at The French Club located in Jewett City, CT.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  For online condolences please go to www.gagnepiechowski.com
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dave’s memory to the First Congregational Church of Griswold, 878 Voluntown Rd., Griswold, CT 06351 or Griswold Volunteer Fire Department, 883 Voluntown Road, Griswold, CT 06351.

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Becky Powell
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
Barbara and family, take care of each other. I am here for you if you need anything. Will miss David’s sense of humor at family gatherings. Becky

Paulette Craig
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Your father was such a hero to us - cherish your memories.

The Campbell Family
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Words, however kind, can't mend your heartache, but those who care for you share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind.
David was one of the good guys, lover of the land, farmer, hunter, woodsman. and always gracious to all he met.
We will miss hearing his stories and having him as family friends growing up in Pachaug.
God bless.

Laura Macleod Ji
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
In memory of a dear Uncle and great Uncle, how many wonderful stories did I hear from my late mother Marion Macleod, Uncle David's sister, about their childhood together and all the incredible times they shared as a loving family. Also Uncle David's legendary skills as a woodchopper and his love of the land that he respected and nurtured as a custodian of the Geer ancestral land that is the legacy of the Geer Family for so many generations. It is with sorrow to know Uncle David is no longer with us, but his life and his spirit will remain with all of us forever. Love to all the Geer family especially Aunt Barbara and all the extended family. from Laura, Ji and Tian

Harry P. Henderson
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018
My sincere condolences to the Geer family. I was proud to have met and known Mr. Geer. He was truly an inspiration to his town and a man to look up to. I know he will be truly missed.

Neil & Marlene Cook
   Posted Sun March 04, 2018


~Neil & Marlene Cook
Sterling, CT

   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
To the entire Geer Family. We are so sorry for your family's great loss of such a wonderful, amazing man.

Phil and June Anctil
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Our sympathy to all The Geer Family. Dave Geer was the finest Representative
of our community EVER. He made us proud to be a member of Griswold as well as Jewett City. Respect is earned in everything you do in life and Dave Geer has all of ours as well as the worlds respect because of his accomplishments in his life.

dennis j riley
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
I extend condolences to the Geer family...Dave was one of the finest people I met during my long life...he was kind in sponsoring Griswold high school football games on WICH when I was part of the broadcast team in the 1960s and 1970s...he typified the saying "the bigger they are, the nicer they are."

Liz Zimmer
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He seemed like a great man all around. I remember you speaking very highly of him. My condolences to you and your whole family.

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