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Obituary for David Spencer Way, 3/8/1922-1/10/2023


A Wonderful Life of Family, Community Service, Travel and Politics


David Spencer (Dave) Way, former Mayor and Town Councilmember and longtime community leader. He turned 100 years old last March and passed away peacefully after a short illness at Cedarcrest, Mountainview Gardens, January 10th 2023.


David was born in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 8, 1922, to Quaker parents, D. Herbert Way and Edith Roberts Williams Way.  His father, Herbert Way worked as chemist for Dupont.  A few years later the family moved to a lovely home on South Main Street in Woodstown, NJ.  Then the family grew with two sisters, Marjorie and Alice. The family was very active in the community, especially active in the Woodstown Friends Meeting.


David attended public schools in Woodstown until in his sophomore year when he attended George School, a Quaker private school in Newtown, PA where many other family members had attended. Dave was active in school and excelled in math and science and also played the trumpet in the band.

Next he attended and received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Swarthmore College, in 1943, where many family members and ancestors had attended and graduated. His great grandparents had been some of the founding members of Swarthmore.


After college David was hired by Curtiss-Wright Corporation, which was originally located in Paterson and later grew and moved to Woodbridge and elsewhere. He worked on many projects there through the WW II era and then on such projects as the Wankel Engine. He worked at Curtiss-Wright for 50 years and finished his career at the John Deere Corporation.


David met Dorothy (Dottie Goodrich from Newark) at Camp Sagamore for young folks looking for summer fun and companionship. They shared a love of tennis, music, nature and community values. They were married in 1949 in Newark and the next year their first daughter, Janet was born. Two years later they bought a home in Pompton Plains at 13 Cameron Ave, in 1951. Subsequently 3 other children joined the family, Susan, Carol and Robert Way. In 1958, they built a new house on Foothills Drive, on the west side of town where they lived until 2002, when they moved to Cedar Crest.


 After moving to Pompton Plains, Dave and Dottie were always very involved in the community. Dave was very involved in the Paquannac Tennis Club and local politics and eventually was elected to Town Council and served one year as Mayor. He also served for many years on the Board of Adjustment. He was also involved in Morris County politics. Dottie was very involved with the Girl Scouts, First Reformed Church Choir and also worked for 20 years serving in the volunteer office at Chilton Memorial Hospital.


Dave was always interested in his family and his kids’ activities and planned many family vacations often travelling across the US by car and visiting most of the National Parks and Monuments at the time. Dave and Dottie were also experienced world travelers, visiting many continents, countries and historic sites.

And Dave was a prolific photographer on all of these trips and was thrilled by beautiful scenic views. He enjoyed having slide shows for friends and family.


While serving on the Board of Adjustment, he and others were instrumental in approving and promoting the development of Cedarcrest Retirement Village where he lived until his last day. He was proud of having helped it come into being and was elected Chair of their very first Resident Advisory Council.

While living there he was instrumental in creating The Treasure Shop, which benefited the Cedarcrest Benevolent Care Fund.  They created so much interest with donations from residents that Cedarcrest, Dave and others created a special space for larger items, like furniture, which was called “Dave’s Den.” He also enjoyed competing at Bridge with many partners and also helped with encouraging residents to vote.


David Way certainly lived a wonderful life, and his friends and family will miss him very much. He loved Pompton Plains and New Jersey, and he loved this country and all the friends he made along the way. 


He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Goodrich Way, an infant son named Frank Hebert, his sister Marjorie Way Berkovits, and his parents D. Herbert and Edith Williams Way. He is survived by his sister Alice Way Waddington, his four children, Janet Way, Carol Way, Susan Way and Robert Way and his three grandchildren, Travis and Spencer Worthington and Zachariah Baldwin-Way and two great grandchildren, Ivy and Leo Alan Worthington, and 7 wonderful nieces and nephews and their families. 


A Memorial Celebration of Life is planned at the First Reformed Church in Pompton Plains on March 11, 2023 at 1pm. R.S.V.P. appreciated. janetway@yahoo.com


In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations of remembrance be sent to either the Cedarcrest  Benevolent Care Fund, or the Pequannock Township Historical Society.


A Memorial Tree was planted for David
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at M John Scanlan Funeral Home
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