David Richard Maher

December 3, 1957 - March 30, 2023
David Richard Maher

Memorial Gifts & Donations


The family of David R. Maher is saddened to share the news of his passing on March 30, 2023, in Leland, North Carolina. David was born on December 3, 1957, in Dublin, Ireland, to John and Nuala Maher. He served in the US Air Force and worked for the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for 35 years before retiring to Wilmington, NC, with his wife Donna.

David—also known as Dave, Dad, Davey, Dulles Dave, Island Dave, Dublin Dave, Cool Dave, Uncle David, and his favorite, PopPop—will be deeply missed; at many a local pub, on motorcycle trips, at A.P. Project shows, at Nationals games, Jimmy Buffet tailgates, on the golf course, at St. Practice Day, in the kitchen trying new and favorite recipes, and on regular trips home to Dublin to see family and friends.

He will live on in stories remembered and shared by family and friends, especially his wife Donna; his children, Kaleigh, Carmel, and Conor; brothers Stephen and Paul and their families; step-daughters Cierra and Taylor; sons-in-law Justin and Mike; Aunt Therese; and grandsons Cade, Myles, JT, and Lochlan.

We ask Dave’s many friends to send their favorite Dave memories, stories, or photos to the family at Share.a.Dave.Story@gmail.com.

A celebration of life will take place at Molly’s Irish Pub in Warrenton, VA, on Saturday, April 15 from 2-5 pm. Please dress festively and casually. Per Dave’s request we will “have a damn good party.”

In lieu of flowers, we encourage donations to the ALS Association, which Dave has supported since losing his father to ALS in 2004: ALS NC Chapter, 4 N Blount St. Suite #200, Raleigh, NC 27601. If sending a check, please put “In memory of Dave Maher” in the memo. The ALS Association North Carolina Chapter

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  • May 20, 2023
    Jeannette lit a candle:
    Lit since May 20, 2023 at 5:09:20 PM

  • May 20, 2023
    Jeannette says:
    I am so very sorry for your loss and hope your pain will ease and good memories will replace your sadness.

  • May 20, 2023
    Ken Bradshaw says:
    Dave was a friend and a great guy in High School. He was a affable, gregarious soul and fun to be around. RIP brother.

  • May 20, 2023
    Debbie Majewski says:
    I remember Dave Maher He use to live next to Cindy Lewis and across the street from Marie Harding We would all get together And ride our bikes and Share laughs. We were all About 10 years old. I lived behind the Lewis family on N29th street. Rest In Peace my friend. Debbie Varner Majewski

  • April 08, 2023
    Donna and Tony Tisdall says:
    Always enjoyed Dave. Knew him for years in the FAA. True professional,. Serious, but light- hearted, focused but fun. Got to know him personally and realized what a great person his was. Loved his family, enjoyed their time together and was living his best life with Donna. May he reat in peace and watch over his family and friends.