BANGOR – David Phillip Striar, 94, died March 21, 2014, with his family by his side. David was born May 30, 1919, the son of Bennie and Sophie (Shapiro) Striar.
He graduated from Bangor High School and the University of Maine at Orono. During World War II, he worked as a mechanical engineer at the Charlestown Naval Yard. While he was in Boston, he met and married the love of his life, Clara Sagik Striar. They were married for 62 years, until Clara died in 2008. David and Clara were partners in life and in their ownership of the Globe Confectionary Company in Boston. They retired to Maine in the early 1970s. A lifelong learner and avid reader, David audited classes at the University of Maine for over 20 years. In his retirement, he was able to pursue his love of gardening, creating first one and, eventually three, vegetable gardens at his home. He took pride in sharing his bounty with friends and family. When he moved to Dirigo Pines, he continued to garden using the raised beds outside the Inn. David conquered the internet many years ago and was on it daily, reading the foreign press and always looking for new recipes. He was famous for his challah, muffins and soups and, most especially, for sending care packages to his family.
He was an active member of Beth Abraham and Beth Israel Synagogues. Saturdays most often found him at Beth Israel where he frequently read the Haftorah.
David is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Ruthanne and George Singal of Falmouth; his granddaughter and her husband, Jessica and Mathieu Shapiro of Philadelphia; his grandson and his wife, Sam and Lori Singal of New York; and three loving great-grandchildren, Jake, Alexandra, and Olivia. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. Ronald Striar; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, Abraham, Louis, and Bernard Striar; and his sister, Sara Rosenthal.
The family would like to give special thanks to Theresa Cunningham, Dr. Penny Lamhut, Dirigo Pines Inn and the hospice staff at Community Health and Counseling Services.
Funeral services will be held today, noon March 24, at the Jewish Funeral Chapel, 118 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share in conversation and refreshments at 1:30 p.m. in the Kenduskeag Parlor, Dirigo Pines Inn, 9 Alumni Drive, Orono. Shiva will be observed Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings 6-8 p.m. at the home of Paul and Jane Shapero, 104 Poplar St., Bangor. Donations in David’s memory may be made to Beth Israel Synagogue, 144 York St., Bangor, ME 04401; the Hospice Program at Community Health and Counseling Services, 42 Cedar St., Bangor, ME 04401; or to a charity of one’s choice. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.