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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Age: 67
Year of Death: 2020

David G. Closs Sr.

David G. Closs Sr. was born on February 16, 1953, in Chester, Pennsylvania. As a youngster he could be found hanging around the firefighters at Viscose Fire Department in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. Eventually he became a junior firefighter. He joined the police force and was a police officer for 21 years with Kennett Square and Marcus Hook Police Departments. After being hurt on the job, he still wanted to help people. Some years later, he decided to become fire police. He worked his way up the ranks to become fire police lieutenant at Avis Fire Company #1 in Avis, Pennsylvania, which is where he was until he passed.

He was an active member of Grace Fellowship Church in Avis, Pennsylvania, where he loved helping with any job needed—from helping with the offering to taking attendance. He enjoyed hunting and being with his family. His calling seemed to be helping wherever he could. No matter what the call was, he was always there. He helped organize many different fundraisers and got things out into the community. Between the church and the fire department, he was always on the move.

Dave left behind his wife of 43 years, Cheryl; his three children, Valerie Foley (Vincent), David Closs Jr. (Mary), and Angela Bower (Kenneth); his five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Kaelynn, David III, Blaze, and Reece; three step-grandchildren, Coleen, Kaleb, and Lauran; and two step great-grandchildren, Cora and Grae.

Dave was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He is remembered by the members of Avis Fire Company #1 for his dedication, both on the fire and administration sides, serving dual roles. He lived a life devoted to helping his community.

Dave died doing what he loved, helping people. He is missed very much by his family, friends, and community.

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  1. David Closs was a great man, father, husband. He always made me feel welcomed when I would call or go over to hang out with Angela. He will be deeply missed. Rip Mr. David Closs

    – Jamie Reeves
  2. Uncle Dave you’ve been gone for one year and you have been dearly missed by a lot of families and friends. We know you’re up in heaven you are out of pain and you have no worries but we all know you were watching over us. We love you and we miss you. May God bless

    – Dawn Closs