David Lawrence Loring, age 82, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away on Friday January 8, 2021. After a five-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, he is now at peace, sailing the high seas in heaven.
David was born in Easton, Pennsylvania to the late Harold and Thelma (Oxner) Loring on September 11, 1938. The youngest of three (3) brothers, David grew up in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia, where his love of sailing began. He graduated from Horton Academy of Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in 1957, and later went on to study Photogrammetry at the Nova Scotia Land Survey Institute in Lawrencetown. From 1959 to 1963, David proudly served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, achieving the rank of Petty Officer, 2nd Class in three years instead of the customary four.
David worked for Abrams Aerial Survey Corporation in Lansing, Michigan from 1965 to 1997. On April 14, 1984, he married his “First Mate” Carol June Nobach, in Grand Ledge, MI, where they made their home with Carol’s two daughters, who greatly admired and looked up to David. Whether by land or by sea, traveling was always an exciting adventure for David. He was an avid cruising and racing sailor. He enjoyed taking his family on many sailing trips on Lake Michigan and Lake Huron and on other vacations to interesting and educational destinations. Over the years, David participated in many sailing races on the Great Lakes and Lake Charlevoix in Michigan. He also earned a Captain’s license, which enabled him to captain steam, motor, or auxiliary sail vessels up to 50 gross tons on the Great Lakes or inland waterways in Michigan. In 1994, David was able to fulfill his longtime dream of sailing from Michigan to Nova Scotia, and he later sailed from Michigan to the Bahamas in 2002. He loved sailing the Bahamas over eight winters. David was an avid downhill skier, taking on mountains in Michigan, California, Quebec, and Switzerland. During his life, he spent time in 23 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 14 foreign countries. David’s love of cats brought his family several felines over the years. Later in life, when David and his wife moved to Vero Beach, he volunteered his time at Pet Smart, caring for cats awaiting adoption. He always enjoyed meeting friends for morning coffee and being a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach, especially his conversations with Dr. K.
David was a very kind-hearted, social person who would always go out of his way to help someone in need. Meeting new people and spending time with friends were among the things he treasured most in life. He was blessed with a great sense of humor, which he enjoyed sharing with those around him. David will be GREATLY missed by his family and friends. He will always remain in our hearts as a wonderful, kind, and loving person, who was a dedicated patriot of America.
David is survived by his wife, Carol; stepdaughters, Kiersten (Kevin) Stark and Lauren Nobach (Ty Hekim); his brother Douglas Loring; many cousins, nieces and nephews; and his beloved cats Patches and Tinker. David was preceded in death by his parents and his oldest brother, Robert.
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