Rev. Mr. David Shrader, Senior Deacon, 75, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at his home on Lubern Avenue.
Born on May 25, 1938 in Beverly, MA, David was the son of James and Irene (Charron) Shrader. He graduated from St. Mary’s Boys School in Lynn, MA and was a 1960 graduate of Merrimack College with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
After his marriage he and his wife lived in Danvers for almost 40 years, working and raising their three children. Dave worked for Sylvania (Osram) and AVCO (Textron), specializing in aerospace engineering and contracted to the US Air Force as a project engineer.
Answering a special calling, he attended St. John’s Seminary in Boston and was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 1988 at Holy Cross Cathedral. His first assignment was St. Richard Church in Danvers. After his move to Allenstown in 2002, Mr. Shrader served at Holy Rosary Church in Hooksett and also at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown.
Chosen duties as a Deacon were youth ministry and prison ministry. He worked with the young people at St. Richard Church and spent 25 years ministering to inmates, both men and women, in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
On a more personal level, Deacon Dave enjoyed photography and long distance bicycling. He was also a ham radio operator, call sign W1MCE.
A devoted husband and father, David leaves his wife of almost 50 years, Patricia (Chase) Shrader of Allenstown; 3 children and their spouses, Gregory Shrader and Amy of Canaan, ME, Christopher Shrader and Tina of Derry, and Melissa Shaw and Michael of Port Orange, FL; 11 grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Emily, Madeline, Gregory, Olivia, Gabriel, Amanda, Justin, Austin, and Chloe; a great granddaughter, Luna; a sister, Francine Mascagni of Lady Lake, FL; and nieces and nephews.
To further serve his prison ministry, the Deacon wished to have memorial donations sent to The American Bible Society, P. O. Box 96812, Washington, D.C. 20090-6812
Family will greet friends on Sunday from 1-4 pm during calling hours at St. John the Baptist Church in Allenstown.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10:30 am at St. John the Baptist Church.
Burial will take place at a later date in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.