David P. Leary

Born: Mon., May 29, 2006
Died: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018


Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: Mount Olivet Cemetery


9:30 AM to 10:30 AM, Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC.

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: Gubbiotti Funeral Home,LLC

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Thu., Aug. 30, 2018
Location: St. Anthony of Padua Church

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David Philip Leary, 12, of Stewartsville, N.J., entered into eternal life on August 24, 2018.

Born in Allentown, Pa., he is the son of David and Maria DeGraba Leary.

David recently completed the 6th grade at Franklin Township School in Broadway, NJ, and was about to continue his education at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center in New Brunswick, NJ.

David had an infectious smile, belly laugh and an incredible sense of humor which touched everyone who came into his life. Through his challenges, David helped facilitate meaningful change and awareness in the disability community.  David will be greatly missed by his family, friends and school community alike, but he will be forever in our hearts.

He was the grandson of Veronica Simpson and the late Frank Simpson (North Haledon, NJ) and the late Joseph and Irene DeGraba (Exeter, PA.)

Surviving in addition to his parents David and Maria, are his brother Ethan, his Uncle Joseph T. DeGraba and Aunt Lisa DeGraba Dallas, PA., his Aunt Anne Wall and Uncle Donald Wall (Exeter, PA.), his cousins Joey and Megan DeGraba (Tunkhannock, PA), Gianna DeGraba, Dominic DeGraba (Dallas, PA) Christopher Wall and Michael Wall (Exeter PA).

In addition, David’s life was greatly enriched by his aides, teachers, and especially his home caregivers who have become family.  

Relatives and friends may call on Thursday from 9:30am until 10:30am at  the Gubbiotti Funeral Home, LLC, 1030 Wyoming Ave., Exeter, PA.,

Funeral services will be at 10:30am followed  by a Mass of Christian burial at 11:00am at St. Barbara's Parish in St. Anthony of Padua Church, 224 Memorial St., Exeter.

The Msgr. John Sempa will be the celebrant.

Interment will be in Mount Olivet Roman Catholic Cemetery, Carverton, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Baltimore, Inc (www.rmhcbaltimore.org).

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Deborah Mannon
   Posted Sun August 26, 2018
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Leary and Ethan,

I am so very sorry to hear about David. His passing is s such a loss for you anfor all of us who knew him. I will hold his smile and infectious belly laugh forever in my mind and heart.
He will be missed.

Debbie Mannon

Kathi Peri
   Posted Sun August 26, 2018
Dear Maria, Dave and Ethan,

My heart is so heavy for you, I am so saddened to her of David's passing. May your memories of him and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Kathi Peri

Janet A. Katz
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
I am at a loss for words. I hope that you’ll find strength in each other to survive this unimaginable loss.

Margaret A Frei
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of David's passing, I hope the sweet memories of him will get you through and give you strength.

Christina Pilczak-Szczesny
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
I do not even know what to say to either of you that will make it any easier in this time of your grief. I hope each day that passes in your lives becomes one second more bearable, more comprehensible. He is at peace. He left his mark in your lives, and ours, for the time he was here. A lot of good was done and will continue to be in his name. He could not have had a better set of parents to help him with his journey here on earth. His work here was done.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

The Szczesny Family.

Sara Braunstein
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Maria, Dave and Ethan,

I am so sorry and beyond sad David is no longer with us. Life is forever changed with his passing yet was changed for so much better with each day we had him. His laugh as he ran through the house and his big goofy grins will forever remain cherished memories. Love to you all.

Mary Jane Deutsch, Phillipsburg Special Services
   Posted Mon August 27, 2018
Dearest David and Maria,

We here at Phillipsburg are so saddened by the news of David. Although he was only in our district for a short period of time, he was a great joy to work with! You are such a loving family that was so blessed with this great gift of a unique and special son that gave all of us a reason to become better people. The minute we were with David we immediately became more kind, loving, attentive and self-less. David made all of us better in our human condition. Thank you for bringing him into our lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God sustain you during this temporary separation and bless you most abundantly with great Hope in the Promise of eternal life. Much Love, Mary Jane

Bill and Kathy Downs
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Please accept our deepest sympathy for the passing of your precious little boy, David. Although we never met him, his smiling face touched our hearts.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Cynthia Hudock
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Dear Maria, Dave and Ethan,
David will always hold a special place in my heart. I will always remember his laugh and smile. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Joseph and Arlene Kennedy
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Dear Dave and Maria,

Please accept our sincere condolences upon hearing of young David’s passing. We know he is welcomed and embraced in the sight of God in a way that could only be the equal of his family’s welcome embrace. Our prayers go with you today.

Joe and Arlene Kennedy

Karen Festante
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
I am so very sorry to hear of David's passing. Please know that I am thinking of you all and keeping you in my prayers.

Monica and James Hamway
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Dear Maria and David,
Our hearts are filled with sorrow from hearing the tragic news of David’s passing. We are praying for you and your family that you find strength during this devastating time. We pray that you find comfort in each other and that the love and support of family and friends surrounds you and brings you peace.
With love,
Monica and Jim Hamway

Michelle Schueller and Karen Bakker
   Posted Tue August 28, 2018
Maria, David and Ethan,

We are so sorry for your loss. David brought us joy, happiness and laughter. He will loved by all and will be missed. We are all here for you if you need anything.

With all our love and support,
The ABLG Family

Jane Jeffery
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
Maria and family, I am so very sorry for the lost of your son David. Just knowing the family that he had, he was given a lot of love from all of you. I can't imagine the sorrow you are feeling, I wish I can make it easier for you. I will keep you in my prayers. I know one thing, he is in heaven with your parents and they are hugging him and watching over him for you. He is in good hands. May God give you the strength to get through this time in your life.
Love, Jane Jeffery

Jean Manganiello & Richard Olechna
   Posted Wed August 29, 2018
Maria & David,
Your Sons, Ethan and David have been blessed with loving,compassionate, comforting and patient parents.
There is a new Angel in heaven with a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor. His name is David. Now he'll watch over all of you.

Carol Insalaco Kaluzavich
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Maria - Words cannot express our sorrow at your loss. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
-Carmel Insalaco and family

Peg Cawley
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Maria and family my heart breaks for you
No words can relay the shock at seeing that your sweet boy has passed.

Christine Witte
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Dear David and Maria,

We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved son David.
May God give you both strength during this sad time.
Please know that David, you and your family are in our prayers.
Our Heartfelt sympathy,
Chris and Kirk Witte

Manfrotto Distribution
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018
Dear Dave & Maria,

On behalf of Manfrotto Distribution we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.


Manfrotto Team

Leah Figliolino
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018

I am truly lost for words. I am sorry for your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you and your family. I know we met through business, but I also consider you a friend after all this time. If you and your family need anything at all please do not hesitate to call. Again I am so sorry.


Rosanne McAndrew & Family
   Posted Thu August 30, 2018

We all want to say how sorry we are about your David. I wish we could express this to you in person, but words will have to do. Losing a child is horrible, I know. Please feel free to reach out if there is anything any of us can do. Love, Rosanne, Megan, Sean, & Ryan.

lisa augustine
   Posted Sat September 01, 2018
I am so sorry for the passing of this awesome boy..What a beautiful smile he has! I believe he is in Heaven, and my father who just passed yesterday , no doubt, met him Up There with Jesus.
God bless you all.. your family is in our prayers

Tanya M Stash
   Posted Sat September 08, 2018
Mr and Mrs Leary (Maria), So sorry to hear about your loss. You will be in my prayers. Tanya

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