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Dave Cahaley

September 8, 1949 — February 2, 2024

Exton

Dave Cahaley, 74, of Exton, PA, departed this life peacefully on February 2nd, 2024, surrounded by his loving family. 

Born in Philadelphia in 1949, he was the son of the late John and Lois Cahaley (née Slattery). Dave proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, and was stationed in Germany.

His mechanical skills shone throughout his career, starting at Conestoga Auto Body and then inspiring future generations as an auto body instructor at Automotive Training Center (ATC) in Exton. He then put his problem-solving abilities to good use as service manager at Laverty GMC. Later, Dave worked for West Chester University. He started out in the maintenance department, and eventually worked as an IT technician, before retiring in 2017.

Dave wasn't just handy, he was passionate about life. He could be found tending his vibrant garden, navigating the open water on his sailboat, or firing up the grill for family gatherings. He enjoyed friendly competition on the bowling lanes, cheering on the Phillies, and unwinding to the sounds of blues music. He had a lifelong love of cars, especially antique corvettes. Dave had several special dogs in his lifetime, and his affection for animals warmed the hearts of many.

For leisure Dave loved traveling with his wife Dede, and friends. They visited many places, and always made sure to check out the local breweries. He was also a member of the Mount Vernon Rod and Gun Club, where he enjoyed the camaraderie at the cabin and the thrill of the outdoors. 

Dave's greatest joy was his family. He shared 48 years of laughter and love with his wife DeDe (née Androwick). He was the loving father of Colleen Cahaley (Aaron Trout), and Ken Shepherd (Jess). Dave cherished his role as "Poppop" to Penelope Trout, and Cole and McKenna Shepherd, showering them with endless love. He was the brother of Steve Cahaley (Patti), Ili Gordon (Alan), Danny Cahaley, and the late Patrick Cahaley. He is also survived by his Stepmother Gabriella Cahaley and many nieces and nephews.

Dave will be deeply missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family and countless friends.

A Viewing will be held 10:30 AM-11:30 AM, February 17, 2024 followed by 11:30AM Funeral Service at the Donohue Funeral Home, 1627 West Chester Pike West Chester, Pa 19382.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made, in Dave’s memory, to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, https://bvspca.org/  

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Saturday, February 17, 2024

10:30 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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Funeral Service

Saturday, February 17, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

Donohue Funeral Home - West Chester

1627 W. Chester Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

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