David Dean Willson, 79, of Beaver Falls, died unexpectedly Tuesday, October 5, 2021, in his home. Born March 24, 1942, in Beaver County, he was the son of the late J. Burt and Erla (Dean) Willson.
Dave was an active member of Hope Community Reformed Presbyterian Church. He had been a member of Reformed Presbyterian churches his whole life, serving as deacon and elder for many years and on numerous church committees.
Dave was a 1961 graduate of Beaver Falls High School and a 1965 graduate of Geneva College and earned his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. He embodied the pure definition of a “master teacher”: one who mastered the basics of teaching, one who goes above and beyond to ensure a positive learning experience for each student, and one who shares his or her knowledge with the broader learning community. He was a long time public school educator, teaching at New Brighton High School for 29 years and also teaching classes at Geneva College in the science department.
In his free time, he enjoyed helping his friends and neighbors on their farms. An avid sports fan, Dave coached his daughters’ summer softball teams and was a huge supporter of Geneva athletics. He especially loved supporting his children and grandchildren by attending countless games, meets, and concerts.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bonita “Bonnie” Kay (Moore) Willson; his children Amy (and Jason) Sciarro, Beaver Falls, Stacy (and Todd) Dean, Simpsonville, SC, and J. Douglas Willson, Beaver Falls; his grandchildren Courtney and Nathan Sciarro, Tyler, Noah and Brooks Dean, and David, Jacob, Seth and Jesse Willson; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters Katharine Plowmaker and Jean McBurney.
Friends will be received Friday, October 15th, from 5-8 p.m. at the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801 4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in the Hope Community Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3400 5th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Interment will take place at the Mars Cemetery Saturday at 10:30 a.m., preceding the service.
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Memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Hope Community Reformed Presbyterian Church.