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David Louis Sala

David Louis Sala, born April 7, 1948, passed away on June 22, 2024. Son of Louis and Catherine (Modena) Sala of New London, David's life was one marked by adventure, love, and a deep connection to nature.

Growing up on the water in New London, David found his happy place sailing and water skiing. He ran rides at Ocean Beach in high school, a job that added a bit of thrill to his teenage years. After graduating from New London High School in 1966, he joined the Coast Guard and was stationed on Fire Island, embracing the call of the sea.

David's adventurous spirit took him backpacking through Europe, where the castles in Germany left a lasting impression. He had a passion for music, experiencing the magic of legends like Hendrix and The Doors in concert, and attending the unforgettable Summer Jam at Watkins Glen.

In the mid-70s, David moved to an 80-acre parcel of land in Salem, where he built a 12x12 foot cabin. It was here he met Linda Guido, and the two fell in love. As true hippies, they shared many adventures and celebrated life to the fullest. They married in a backyard wedding on June 28, 1980, and their love story continued with the birth of their daughter, Jessica (Sala) Bonin. David was a devoted father, teaching Jessica the joys of the natural world and instilling a deep sense of adventure.

David was a master carpenter and historical preservationist, working at the Naval Underwater Sound Lab, Skip Broome Homebuilders, TF Buxton, and Kronenberger & Sons Restoration. His craftsmanship shone through in projects like Gillette Castle, Eolia, and the mansion at Avery Point. He took pride in his work and left a mark on the community through his talents.

After losing Linda in 2003, David focused even more on his family. He formed a strong bond with his son-in-law, Christopher Bonin, supporting him with the same love and guidance he gave his daughter. In 2021, David's joy grew with the arrival of his only grandchild, Tessa Lynn Bonin, whom he adored. Reading to her and playing together brought him immense happiness.

David was predeceased by his parents, his wife Linda, his brother Stephen, and many dear friends. He leaves behind his daughter Jessica, son-in-law Christopher, granddaughter Tessa, nieces, friends, and his dear neighbor and confidant in his later years, Bill Harris.

A celebration of David's life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory can be made to Center for Hospice Care, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, CT 06360, in gratitude for the amazing care he received in his final days.

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