David A. Stellingwerf, 75, of Riverdale, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at home in the care of his loving wife.
Raised in Paterson, he graduated from East Paterson High School before entering the United States Air Force, serving in Japan during the Vietnam War.
Returning to the states, he secured a job as a Postal Worker with the U.S. Post Office in Pompton Plains. He worked there for 48 years, delivering mail to the same route for his entire career. In that time, he was able to know and befriend multiple generations of families in town, sometimes even knowing the great-grandchildren of residents on his original route.
When he wasn't working, David enjoyed tending to his pigeons, and was a skilled Pigeon Flyer. Together with his wife Sandie, the couple would travel 500 miles away, allowing the pigeons to race home. Their birds were fast flyers, and would often make it home in as little as 8 hours.
Retiring three years ago, David soon became sick with cancer, but was still able to enjoy camping on Otter Lake with Sandie and their friends. He also loved to peruse local garage sales, and later would sell his finds for a profit on Ebay.
David is survived by his wife, Anne (Sandie) Stellingwerf; his step-son, Ronald Faulseit; his step-daughter, Veronica Rubin; and his dear friends.
A memorial visitation will be held Saturday, January 27 from 1-3 pm at the funeral home. A service will be held at 3 pm to conclude visitation. Cremation was private.