NAUGATUCK – David L. Buckmiller, 44, husband of Julie Steiner Buckmiller, passed away on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Waterbury Hospital after cardiac arrest.

David was born on Sept. 25, 1973 in Waterbury, son of Rosanne Bailly Buckmiller Daniels and Wayne P. Buckmiller Sr. David graduated from Salem School, Hillside Middle School and Naugatuck High School, Class of 1991, where he was the captain of the 1991 All-NVL and All-State swim team, and also earned All-NVL honors in tennis.

David also graduated from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he earned a degree in mortuary science.

David had an infectious smile that brightened a room when he walked in. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need, which led him to join his family business as a funeral director.

His biggest pride and joy was restoring his 1970 Pontiac GTO convertible. He was an avid fisherman, NASCAR enthusiast, and loving dog and cat dad to Tess and Zoey.

In addition to his wife and his parents, David is survived by his stepfather, Dr. Darrel Daniels and his “step-mommy,” Nancy (Bolton) Buckmiller; his brother, Wayne P. Buckmiller Jr. and his wife Debbie, of New Britain; his brother-in-law, Karl C. Steiner of Waterbury; and his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck. Family and friends are asked to please meet directly at the church. Burial will be private. Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Ave., Naugatuck.

In lieu of flowers, and to honor David’s memory, donations can be made to the Peter J. Foley Little League, 299 Scott St., Naugatuck, CT 06770 or to the Ecumenical Food Bank, P.O. Box 796, Naugatuck, CT 06770.

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