Powers, David N. Sr. - February 12, 2018


David Niepce Powers Sr. (better known as “Bumpa”), 94, of Kensington and Niantic, joined his beloved wife Rita (Fagan) Powers just in time for Valentine’s Day Monday, February 12, 2018, at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. Born on Jan. 4, 1924, to Ralph and Madeleine (Niepce) Powers, he graduated from Lewis Mills High School and Cheshire Academy Prep School. He married the love of his life, Rita Fagan, in 1948, having met at a Lewis High School football game where she was a teacher. Dave played football for Lewis High School where he was one of the five living members of the class of 1941 of which he was Class President. A WWII US Navy aviation veteran, he sustained life threatening injuries in a crash of his Stearman N2S-3 “Yellow Peril” airplane while on a solo training flight to become a pilot. After his recovery and discharge, he worked numerous jobs, ultimately retiring from the US Post Office in New Britain, in 1984 with over 30 years of service “walking the route.” He was an excellent bowler, establishing himself as one of the elite duckpin bowlers, not only in the Knights of Columbus Men’s Bowling League, but also the entire house at T-Bowl Lanes. An avid sailor, especially aboard his Cape Cod Knock-about, he hated it when Rita caught a fish while trolling off the bow in mid-tack. Dave loved to dance, fish, and ice skate with Rita throughout their 68 years together, and Dave and Rita loved to travel between their homes in Kensington and Niantic and argue about their favorite baseball teams the Red Sox (Dave) and the Yankees (Rita). Dave loved the name “Bumpa,” dubbed by his first grandchild in 1982, to the extent that he insisted everyone he met in his later years refer to his using that moniker. In his retirement, Bumpa spent countless hours studying and talking antique cars, a trait inherited from his father who owned the Powers Automobile Museum in Southington. He could recite, chapter and verse, the complete data of most cars built since 1900. He took on hobbies including string-art, caning chairs, and building homemade Christmas ornaments and jigsaw puzzles. Throughout the summers you could count on seeing him on his front porch in Niantic working on one of his hobbies or playing cards with his family. Bumpa also took on a love for woodworking. Converting his garage into a workshop, his masterpiece creations include the altar chairs at St. Paul Church, a four foot multi-story doll house, a rocking airplane and rocking horses, cradles, trucks, and airplanes for his grandchildren. More recently he started building reindeer and ducks and was featured on the 2017 Holiday Edition of CBS-TV Better Connecticut. No one could deny his love for feeding birds as his feathered friends would take over the street in front of the cottage in Niantic. The UCONN women’s basketball team was a “must see” for him. Dave is survived by seven of his sons, David Jr. and Kathy (Bagley) Powers, Michael and Susan Powers of Niantic, Gerry and Rena Powers of Niantic, Thomas and Joanne Powers of Berlin, Tim and Luann Powers of Juneau, Alaska, Peter Powers of Niantic, and Paul and Lisa Powers of Kensington. He was preceded in death by his wife Rita and beloved son, Mark. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He is remembered by family as a dedicated role model, a strong and hardworking individual, full of life, and a great storyteller who was so proud of his family. A Memorial Mass will be held Monday (February 19, 2018)at 10am, DIRECTLY at St. Paul’s Church, 467 Alling St., Kensington. Burial in West Lane Cemetery, Kensington will be at the convenience of the family. The mass will be followed by a celebration of Bumpa’s life at the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, 880 Farmington Avenue, Berlin. Friends and relatives may call at Porter’s Funeral Home, 111 Chamberlain Highway in Berlin on Sunday (February 18, 2018) from 4-6 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s name may be made to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital Pediatrics, c/o Development Office (Bumpa Activity Bag), 365 Montauk Ave., New London, CT, 06320. The family extends a special thank you to Bumpa’s caregivers, Karen and Loreen, and to all the staff at Lawrence and Memorial hospital, especially those in the Emergency and 5.4 Departments. Online condolences can be sent to timluannpowers@gmail.com to share with Bumpa’s family.

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