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David E. Catlin
April 3, 1951 ~ November 29, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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David E. Catlin, 72, passed away peacefully on November 29th. He was predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Sharon Catlin and his parents Kenneth and Madelyn Catlin. Dave is survived by his daughter Tracy of Berlin, his son Tyler and wife Alyssa of Plainville, and his grandchildren, Joey and Kailey of Plainville. Dave will be missed by his loving brother Ken and his wife Susan of Harpswell, Maine as well as his cherished dogs, Teddy and Toby.
Born in Portland, Maine, Dave moved to Berlin as a young boy where he was a proud, lifelong resident. After graduating from Berlin High School in 1969, Dave started his career at Fafnir in New Britain where he met Sharon before settling into Business Management with the Torrington Company for 30 years. After retiring in 2004, Dave and Sharon opened and operated the Kensington Cafe together for the next 10 years.
Dave had a passion for softball, he was selected as the 1981 MVP of the once prestigious Berlin Softball League as part of the 4 time town championship team, Breeze Inn. Nothing made Dave prouder than watching his children on the ball fields as well, Tracy on the softball diamond for BHS and coaching Tyler’s Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams. He served the community for the Berlin Lions Club for 30 years where he had an intense loyalty to the “South Lot” as leader of the parking crew during Fair weekends.
Dave was the ultimate provider for his family and friends. He would always make sure your plate was too full and your glass was never empty at any gathering. Dave will always be remembered for his larger than life presence where he could captivate any room with his “gift to gab.” When you worked with Dave, you felt appreciated and needed no matter what role you served with him.
In accordance with his wishes, there will be a Celebration of Life at the Italian Club in Berlin on Thursday, December 14th from 4:00-7:00 PM and a private memorial service will be held at a later date.