David W. Hadley went to be with the Lord 8/30/20 after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of Marjorie E. Hadley.
Born in Boston, MA., he earned his Business Degree then attended Suffolk University for 12 years night school to proudly obtain his Master’s Degree in Business. He worked at Hersey Products, then Dunkin Donuts Corporation doing corporate taxes for franchises before he moved to Cape Cod to pursue a dream.
Dave had a million God given gifts; the gift of gab, an incredible sense of humor, generous and kind heart were all attributes. He played the piano like Liberace-self taught, had an amazing tenor voice, sang in church choirs, directed & choreographed countless Broadway shows for Christian groups, Couples Club, and Tri-Par Estates in FL. He was a beautiful artist who painted from his heart & President of Needham Art Association; an avid gardener who always returned to Cape Cod in time for the spring flowers and blooms; a member of The First Church of Christ in Sandwich for 40+ years. Dave had a strong faith and lived by example. He always gave his time, his talents, countless donations to fundraisers when solicited at both stores, and multiple charities.
Lifetime dreams included owning a Baby Grand Piano (still in the living room), an in-ground swimming pool (we had one for 20 years), climbing the Great Wall of China (went during SARS epidemic and did it at age 78!), and owning his own gift shop. Dave fulfilled his dream of opening a gift shop at age 50, retiring at age 82. Snow Goose Shops of Plymouth & Sandwich, he passionately owned and operated for 33 years, working with his daughter, Donna, for 25 years. At age 69 he bought the land on 6A/Tupper Road/Rte 130 and built a 9,700 sf Snow Goose Landing building which became the home of Snow Goose Shops in Sandwich. He was immensely proud of this amazing accomplishment and addition to Sandwich.
A proud United States Air Force Reservist for 37 years at the Wellesley Air National Guard branch, Dave retired as a Major. He met and made friendships of a lifetime and loved his time at Otis Air Base where he developed his love of Cape Cod.
He was a long-time loyal member of the Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce. Dave was Incredibly talented in purchasing, displaying, and befriending anyone that he met, his passion was so evident. He was blessed to have long-time loyal staff along the way.
A devoted caretaker and husband to Marge, they traveled the world together over their 68 years of marriage. They visited Bermuda, Aruba, England, Russia, Canada, Alaska, most of the 50 States of the U.S.A. They bought a home in Sarasota, FL where at first, they spent a few weeks, until they became 6 month snowbirds about 12 years ago. They loved being with their friends, the warmth, the beaches, sunsets at Lido Beach, the pool at Tri-Par and bringing the kids and grandson down to visit.
Moving to Cape Cod from Westwood to Sandwich where he was a resident for 40+ years, Dave was a loyal supporter of Sandwich Food Pantry, an avid bridge player and supporter of Sandwich Council on Aging.
Dave was a 60+ year proud member of the Grand Masons- starting in W. Roxbury, MA and after moving to Sandwich, the DeWitt Clinton Lodge of Sandwich. He had a "Proud Grandfather Moment" when his grandson won a 4 year scholarship from the Grand Masons.
Survived by his loving family: eldest son Douglas Whitman Hadley of Hyannis, daughter Donna Lynne Thomas of Sandwich, grandson Benjamin “Ben” Whitman Thomas, daughter-in-law Hayley V. Thomas and beloved great-grandchildren Adelaide Marjorie Thomas and Whitman Benjamin Thomas of Sandwich.
Visiting hours will be held at John Lawrence Funeral home, 3778 Falmouth Road, Marstons Mills, MA on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family invites you to honor his memory and send a donation to the Sandwich Food Pantry, 331 Cotuit Road, Sandwich, MA 02563.