MIAMI - David E. Rainey, 64, passed away Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, following a pulmonary embolism.
He was born Oct. 28, 1947, in Atlanta, the son of Warren and Mary Louise Rainey.
David graduated from Leavittsburg High School in 1966. Upon graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1966, and was stationed in Cuba, Panama and Key West, Fla. He was honorably discharged in February 1973.
David E. Rainey
David then became an active firefighter in civil service while in Key West, then moved to Orlando in 1975, followed by being stationed in Bermuda as a fire inspector and assistant fire chief from 1987 to 1990. David then moved to Naples, Italy, in 1990 for NATO and became fire chief. He retired from Goose Creek, S.C., after almost 30 years as a firefighter for civil service.
He is survived by a daughter, Christine (Patrick) Nevah; a granddaughter, Leah of Gainesville, Fla; a sister, Marcella Rainey Marquette of Cortland; two aunts, Joyce Dakin of Warren and Grace (Donald) Murphy of Cortland; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Wilma Rainey.
David will be buried in Crown Hill Burial Park with full military honors. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, followed by a Mass held at St. Mary's in Warren at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Bernard Schmalzried officiating.
Donations may be sent to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in his honor by calling 301-447-1365 or visiting firehero.org.
David also was a donor of his organs.