David P. Saldibar, of West Haven, passed away peacefully at his home on August 2, 2017. Born in New Haven on December 26, 1932, he was the son of the late Peter and Annette (Witowsky) Saldibar. Preceded by his wife Grace Arlene Saldibar; the father of his children; Deb (Timothy) Suraci, Linda Hager, Shelly (Donny) Longley, Michael Saldibar and Jennifer (Pete) Lucibelli, Grandchildren; Timothy Jr., Sara, Jamie, Steven, Michael, Jesse, Talia and Luke. Great grandchildren; Anthony, Rocco, Max and Leo. Sisters; Pat Martini and Cynthia Weston. David spent the past eleven years happily with his beloved companion and best friend Cynthia Beecher.
A life-long resident of Allingtown, he was active in politics and volunteer work. After an honorable discharge from the United States Army in 1952, he became an apprentice carpenter. After serving four years as an apprentice, he joined Carpenters Union Local 79 of New Haven which then became Central Connecticut Carpenters Local 24 of Wallingford. He worked for many contractors in New Haven and the surrounding towns. He always talked about his favorite job; The Knights of Columbus building in New Haven, which at that time was the tallest structure, three hundred thirty three feet. Until his retirement in 1997, he was the business manager of Local 24 a 3000 member Local, 26 years. During that period of time, he was elected Secretary of Treasury to the Connecticut State Council of Carpenters, an organization that had over 9,000 carpenters. He was a health trustee for over 20 years, pension trustee for 20 years, and annuity trustee for 20 years and chairman of Local 24 apprentice division for 20 years. He was a member of the New Haven Building Trades Council as well as the Connecticut Building Trades Council. He served the City of West Haven Planning and Zoning Commission under four different mayors.
He always found time to do volunteer work, working with little league fathers building club house concession at Morse Park, ticket booth West Haven High football field, ticket booth Quigley Stadium, the Christmas treehouse on the green where Santa greets the children. He always had concerns for the everyday working people, union and non-union. They all deserve a decent wage, health coverage, pension they can retire on and safe working conditions. He also believed a good education is necessary but everyone is not meant for college. What his theory was what some people can’t do with their brains they can do with their hands, training is important. He was very adamant about supporting local business in West Haven. He hated big corporations that do very little for the city, in some cases foreign companies. “West Haven Citizens should support West Haven business!” That was Dave Saldibar.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. There will be a Memorial Service at 6 PM during the visitation. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Smilow Cancer Center, P. O. Box 1849, New Haven, CT. 06508.