PORTLAND – David Kelsey Cushman, 70, a loving father and grandfather, went peacefully into the arms of his Precious Savior in Portland on Friday, July 29, 2022.
David was born to Kelsey and Mildred Cushman in Portland on November 12, 1951. He graduated from Calais Memorial High School in 1970 before attending Berkshire Christian College in Lenox, Mass. David treasured his memories at Berkshire, especially playing on the basketball team. for Coach Peters and all his adventures with his close friends known as “the zoo”.
After college, David began his career selling auto parts. A great career memory was working for his brother, Al, in Windham at Al’s Auto Supply.
The highlight of David’s life was his beloved children, Kelsey and Ryan. He was a devoted father. He conveyed his love and commitment to his children in so many ways, but most importantly by showing up at every opportunity to encourage them and often affirming them with words of love and pride. David welcomed Kelsey’s husband, Joshua Presley, into the family. With great pride, David would introduce Josh not as his son-in-law, but as one of his children.
Being a grandfather came naturally to David. He enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, Hudson and Holden. Some of her favorite activities were cuddling in the recliner and watching Hudson play sports. Grampie loved coaching Hudson to perfect his baseball swing.
David followed Jesus as his Savior at a young age and walked in his faith all his life. He enjoyed serving in his local church and often spoke to others about his faith. David’s favorite childhood and adult memories were created at the family’s cottage in Friendship, Maine. He liked to talk about his childhood memories of going lobster fishing with his grandfather and playing baseball with his cousin, Warren. As an adult, he enjoyed returning to the cottage each summer with his own family. David enjoyed watching Boston Red Sox and Nascar races.
Jimbo the cat was a constant companion and source of comfort to David as his health declined.
David was loved by many. His positive attitude, generous spirit and kind heart left an impression wherever he went. He will be missed by all who knew him.
David was predeceased by his parents, Kelsey and Mildred Cushman of Cape Elizabeth; and his sister, Diane Guay of Cape Elizabeth. He will be fondly remembered by his children Kelsey (Joshua) Presley of Waterboro and Ryan Cushman of Saco; grandsons Hudson and Holden of Waterboro; brother Albert (LauRinda) Cushman of Friendship, brother-in-law Paul of Portland; cousin Warren (Sandra) Conary of Acton; former wife and friend Lori (Kevin) Whittemore of Waterboro; and many special nieces and nephews.
David’s family would like to thank Maine Medical Center, especially CICU and R7, for the excellent care and compassion they provided to David.
David’s friends and family are invited to share fond memories and celebrate his life on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. at Lakeside Community Church, 1248 Sokokis Trail, Waterboro, with refreshments to follow. Funeral service at 2 p.m. at Brooklawn Memorial Park, 2002 Congress Street, Portland.
Obituary: Lynda T. Langella.