David Stapleford Lyons, 85, of Londonderry, NH entered his eternal rest in heaven on December 10, 2021, with his loving family surrounding him, after several bouts with cancer and declining health.
Born in Bangor, ME on July 11, 1936, he was the son of Philip and Glenna (Stapleford) Lyons. He attended South Portland, ME High School, Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, and the University of Maine in Bangor.
Prior to retirement, David worked as a software engineer for Mitre Corp and Sanders Assoc, (now BAE Systems) for many years. He also tried numerous self-employment ideas such as making bread for a local restaurant, selling chocolate creams, and keeping bees.
David had many different interests and hobbies through the years including gardening, painting, photography, and bird watching, but the one he kept coming back to was model railroading. He constructed several extremely detailed room-sized HO model railroad layouts, complete with hand-made and intricately-painted buildings, towns, animals, people, and scenery.
Devoted deeply to his faith, David was an active member of the Church of the Redeemer of Manchester, NH. He was an adult Sunday School teacher for years, taught ESL, and was dedicated to passing his faith on to the next generation. His children and grandchildren have been blessed by his faithful thanksgiving to God before all family meals, and his telling of the Christmas Story by the fire every Christmas Eve.
Family members include his loving wife of 57 years, Karen (Stone) Lyons of Londonderry; his children and their spouses Lori and Tony Molica of Goffstown, Mark and Charissa Lyons of Windham, and Cheryl and Chris Cashin of Londonderry; his sister, Philene Lyons of Derry, and twelve grandchildren; Nicholas, Alexander, Philip, and Isabelle Molica, Corinne, Linnea, Joshua, Andrew, Noelle, and Mae Lyons, and Alison and Andrea Cashin.
A calling hour will be held in Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St, corner of North St, Manchester on Tuesday, December 28 from 4:00 to 5:00 followed by a service in the funeral home chapel at 5:00 and a reception at 6:00. Burial will be in the Pillsbury Cemetery in Londonderry at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Church of the Redeemer, 99 S. Mammoth Rd., Manchester, NH 03109.
To send an online message of condolence, please go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.