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David Lee Shinaman

Posted By DeBord Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On October 18, 2019 @ 3:25 pm In Obituaries | 12 Comments

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David Lee Shinaman, formerly of Skaneateles, NY made his transition from earthly life to eternal life on October 15, 2019 at Willow Valley Communities, Lancaster, PA.  He was 88.

Dave and Marilyn shared married life for 64 years.  They were blessed with three children and five grandchildren: Jeff (Katie) of Saratoga Springs, NY; Todd (Aileen) Matt, Greg and Noah of Rochester, NY; Amy (Andy) Erica and Olivia Nye of Skaneateles, NY.

Dave was predeceased by his parents, H. Ray and Nellie Slaght Shinaman and his brothers Keith and Paul. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

 He was a graduate of Central High School in Syracuse, NY, St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and the University of Rochester and was comptroller at Welch Allyn in Skaneateles for twenty years.  Upon moving to Williamsburg, VA from Skaneateles in 1987, Dave became an historical interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg.  In 2008, Dave and Marilyn moved to Willow Valley.

While living in Skaneateles for twenty-seven years, Dave served as Treasurer of the Austin Park Development Committee, the Presbyterian Manor of Skaneateles and Westminster Manor of Auburn, NY.  With others, he formed the New Party and was elected and served as Village Trustee for two terms (1967-1973).  He was also appointed to the original Board that brought the Village Landing, a senior citizens housing complex, to Skaneateles.

For four years, Dave was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 61; many boys became Eagle Scouts, including his two sons, Jeff and Todd.

Dave spent many hours in the car transporting Amy and other Auburn Aquanotes girls to A.A.U. synchronized swimming competitions and boys to Youth Hockey games, Boy Scout camping trips and to Sabattis in the Adirondacks where he spent one week of his vacation as a leader for several years.

Active in the Presbyterian Church, he was ordained and served as an Elder in Marcellus, NY then served in Skaneateles.

Dave appreciated growing up in the Stolp Ave. area of Syracuse, his special friends, and the era in which he lived.  With camera in pocket and always available, he enjoyed taking pictures of people and nature and has over 100 albums!  He also enjoyed taking “toots” in the countryside to enjoy the scenery and explore new places.

A celebration of life will be held in Skaneateles, NY at a later date.  Dave donated his body to Humanity Gifts Registry for medical students.To honor Dave’s memory, contributions may be sent to: BSA Troop 61, 11 Academy Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152; Skaneateles Lake Association, PO Box 862, Skaneateles, NY 13152; First Presbyterian Church, 104 E. Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17602; or Lancaster Conservancy, 117 S. West End Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603.

Condolences for the family of “David Lee Shinaman”

Condolence from Bob Brewer on October 19th, 2019 11:53 pm

“A prince of a man”
A loving husband, father ,grandfather and uncle ,
A devoted child and brother.
A true friend and a friend to all !
Honest , loyal and humble.
A compassionate soul.
A gentleman’s gentlemen.
He touch many souls
And my family and myself had the good fortune
to know him.
Our deepest sympathy to Marilyn, Amy , Todd and Jeff and their families.
The Brewer family.

Condolence from Shelley Spears on October 20th, 2019 4:25 pm

I am so sorry for your profound loss. Dave was a wonderful father, husband and friend. I only wish I had seen him, and Marilyn, more after they moved to PA.

Condolence from Sharon singler on October 20th, 2019 5:12 pm

Amy, sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Love and hugs to you all. Sharon

Condolence from Larry Loveless on October 20th, 2019 6:47 pm

My sincere condolences to all, a wonderful man, a wonderful family. Larry’

Condolence from Kent & Kathy Russell on October 20th, 2019 7:54 pm

Marilyn and Family,

We wish time spent with those we love could last forever, and in our hearts it will. Our sympathy in your loss.

Condolence from debbie Loescher on October 20th, 2019 8:38 pm

Dave was above the mark on being a “ good guy”! As part of the Feldmann family, it was a pleasure to be a Skaneateles neighbor. What transpired was a lasting friendship.
He was kind, humorous, a good listener, a caring person and avidly created photography images of every gathering.
For me, i could always ask him for advice or help- always did!
Knowing how strong his faith was i am certain he is God’s hands.

Condolence from Kris Russell on October 21st, 2019 12:39 am

Mrs. Shinaman & Family,

I’m so sorry for your loss.
I will cherish the wonderful memories of your husband/father.
Always with the camera on hockey road trips.
Talking to him during his sprightly walks up and down Highland Avenue.
And the meals we shared together with my parents at Willow Valley.

Kris Russell

Condolence from Kathy Boehmer on October 21st, 2019 4:03 pm


My sincerest condolences for the loss of your father. His obituary indicates that he was a well-rounded man as well as a special and beloved Dad.

Kathy Boehmer

Condolence from Nancy Bell on October 21st, 2019 6:00 pm

I am very sorry to hear of your father’s death.
Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Nancy Bell
Academy for Lifelong Learning

Condolence from Ginger Graham Livingston on October 21st, 2019 8:56 pm

Mrs Shinaman, Jeff, Todd, and Amy,
Sending love and deep sympathies at this time of profound sadness. I hope the support of friends and special memories provide comfort and moments of peace.

Condolence from Ken and Charlene Jones on October 24th, 2019 2:55 pm

Dear Marilyn and Family, We want to offer our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you on Dave’s passing. He was a very caring person and his name still comes up in our conversations. We spent many wonderful times together on those hockey trips which we will never forget. Please know that we are thinking of you during this sad time. May all your good memories help you through your grief. Ken & Charlene Jones & Family

Condolence from Joe Odin on January 23rd, 2021 4:31 pm

I only met Dave a few times but he was always very gracious, especially when we met him by surprise while he was volunteering at Williamsburg.

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