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David Charles "Opa" England

David England of Raleigh, North Carolina passed away peacefully on November 2, 2014. He was born in Portland, Oregon on March 5, 1919 to Lillian and David England. He spent his childhood in West Timber and Eugene, where he prospered as a loving son, brother, honor student and Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Oregon and graduated from Oregon State before obtaining a PHD in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. This is where he met his wife of 54 years, Barbara, who he lovingly cared for in sickness and health before she predeceased him in 1998.

David worked as an organic research chemist at the Dupont Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware for 42 years where he obtained 61 patents and was a Charles Pederson medalist. In 1997 he was the recipient of the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement, DuPont's highest honor for scientists. He was an active gardener, skier, runner, biker, and golfer. David enjoyed spending time with his family and volunteering at the Westminister Presbyterian Church as a Sunday school teacher and counselor for underprivileged youth. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and role model to many.

“Opa” loved children and felt most comfortable playing and entertaining numerous generations of neighborhood children in Wilmington and Raleigh. He was a champion of quality education for all, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Urban Promise after school programs or the local Boys and Girls club in your neighborhood.

David is survived by his children Mary and her husband David Knight, Bill and his wife Janet, Patty Wingrove, Jane and her husband John Stephens, Jack and his wife Cathy, and his grandchildren, Andy, Brett, Ian, David, Chandler, Samantha and Caroline. He will live on in the hearts of the many lives he touched, including those of his Devereux Street family and the staff and residents of Abbottswood. In the words of David's favorite author Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC

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