It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David M. Slater, 73 on October 30, 2021. He is predeceased by his mother Elizabeth (Giblin) Slater; father Francis Slater; brothers Gerald, Patrick, Raymond and Frankie; sisters Marjorie and Ann Marie. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Sandra (Baker) Slater; daughters Tracey Slater-Gow (David Gow, Jr.) and Kerri Slater; son Daniel Slater (Jaclyn Greblick); granddaughters Christina, Caitlyn, Alexis and Alana, whom he lovingly referred to as: Princess, Pooper-Scooper, Steubie and Peanut. They were the light in his life and made him smile through many dark days. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Pratt; childhood friends who were like brothers Edward Slick, Jr. and Robert Rosati; several aunts, uncle, nieces, nephews, cousins and granddog Carmie. David retired from NYS Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a Supervisor of the Oxford Shop after 42 years with the State of NY. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Binghamton Auxiliary Police and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 206. He served as Sons of the American Legion Commander at Squadron 1645, Broome County and 6th District levels. Also as 1st Vice Commander of the 5th & 6th District NYS level. He earned many awards for his work with Veterans. He loved working chicken BBQ's and fundraiser dinners for his Squadron. He was most proud of being honored by his Squadron with a Life Membership for all his dedication and commitment.
He loved the NY Yankees and the Giants so much that the neighbors could hear him screaming at the television when the teams were losing. David loved enjoying a few cold ones with his friends at the American Legion Post 1645. His nickname "Fluffy" was given to him by them, and it stuck as some people never knew his real first name. He loved to dance, sing karaoke, and just be around people. His illnesses prevented him from doing the things he loved for the last few years but he always stayed smiling and fought right to the end.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 6pm until 8pm at the THOMAS J. SHEA FUNERAL HOME, INC, 137 Robinson St. Binghamton. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 9:15am at the funeral home; a Funeral Mass will follow at 10am at St. Paul's Church in Binghamton. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
So Dave, now you can rest, drink a cold "Miller High Life" and dance with the Angels until we meet again. Love Forever and Always.