David James Tubridy
BELLMORE — David James Tubridy, 91, of Bellmore, loving husband and father of 10 children, retired New York City Fire Captain and private-practice attorney, died peacefully at his home on Sept. 14, 2013.
David was born on July 11, 1922, in Bronx, the oldest of eight children to Irish immigrants, James D. Tubridy and Anna Colgan. He graduated from Fordham Preparatory School and was awarded a football scholarship to Providence College, where he studied pre-law until his junior year when he was called to serve in the United States Army in the European Theatre. During the war, he graduated officer’s candidate school and was commissioned a First Lieutenant.
After his return from the war, David completed his senior year in college and on Sept. 13, 1947, married his childhood sweetheart, Joan Doyle.
In 1948, David joined the New York City Fire Department, following in the footsteps of his beloved father who had died in the line of duty. David was highly respected by his fellow firefighters and rose to the rank of captain. He retired from the NYFD after 26 years of service in 1974.
David was awarded the Juris Doctor degree from Fordham Law School in 1951.
David was a man of deep faith and personal integrity. He was dignified, charming and social, and blessed with a good sense of humor. He loved music, photography, golf and tennis, and at home defined the lifestyle of a do-it-yourselfer.
David was predeceased by Joan, his loving wife of 55 years; and his beloved son, Christopher.
He is survived by nine children, including Eileen Tubridy-Kline and Joan Tubridy, both of Delhi; 24 grandchildren, including Sean and Katee Kline and Neal, Anna and Stefan Janiszewski; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Bellmore.