David Rafte

Obituary of David A Rafte

David A. Rafte, 63, of St. Rt. 31, Durhamville, passed away on Thursday evening, July 18, 2019, at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare in New Hartford.


He was born on September 23, 1955, in Canastota, the son of Anthony and Winifred Shirley Hayden Rafte.  He was a graduate of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School, Class of 1973.  A lifelong resident of the area, David was of the protestant faith.


David retired in 2017 after twenty years as a bus driver for VVS Schools, most of which were spent driving the VVS sports teams to and from events.  He was previously a truck driver to the Teamsters Union Local 3354 and worked many years at the CNY Gun Works Shop.


David spent many years on the Town of Verona Zoning and Planning Boards.  He was a member of the Durhamville Volunteer Fire Department.  He served as the Assistant Wrestling Coach at VVS for many years.  He was also an avid drag racer for the NHRA.


Surviving are his two children, David A. (Jennifer) Rafte, of Rome, and Andrea Rafte, of Oneida; two grandchildren, Gabriella and Gianna; a sister, Suzanne (Joseph) Marchetti, of Durhamville; the mother of his children, Dawn Rafte, of Oneida; and several nieces and nephews.  David was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Rafte.


Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  There are no calling hours.  Memorial contributions may be made in David’s memory to the Durhamville Volunteer Fire Department.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc.  You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.ironsidefuneralhome.com

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