David A. Bolduc, 73, of Marquette, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021, at his home, while under the care of his family and Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice.
He was born July 30, 1948, in Marquette, a son of Arthur and Mildred (Joslin) Bolduc. He grew up on Silver Creek Road and later made his home there.
After graduating from Marquette Senior High School, Dave went on to study at Northern Michigan Skill Center. He worked as a mason and job foreman and ultimately became a Master Mason with an expertise in stone masonry. He was a proud member of the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Local 2 Michigan Chapter 6 Upper Peninsula for 37 years. He was especially proud to have built a beautiful stone grotto dedicated to The Virgin Mary, located at Queen of Peace Church in Kingsford, MI.
Amongst his other achievements, Dave was a 1st place winner in the Marquette Christmas Light Contest six years in a row. Along with his neighbor, Gary, he worked diligently to create a drive-thru Christmas fantasy. He took great joy in delighting the many families that came to see the wondrous displays.
David had an avid respect and love for the outdoors and life in the UP. He loved spending time in the wilderness. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. He looked forward to the Bass Masters fishing tournament at Dead River Basin every year.
He also was an avid NASCAR fan. In his earlier years he built and raced stock cars and snowmobiles and won many trophies for his efforts.
Most importantly, Dave loved his family and was truly proud and grateful for them.
David is survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara "Sue" (Styles) Bolduc; children, Jeremy (Tracy) Bolduc, Sarah Bolduc and Hannah (Jonathan) Bolduc; several grandchildren, a great-grandchild; aunt, Mary Babel; sister-in-law, Jane Bolduc; and nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Bolduc.
In accordance with Dave's wishes, there will be no services at this time.
Dave's family has set up a GoFundMe account to assist with his final expenses at https://gofund.me/7521120b
Canale-Tonella Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting the family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com
"I was the BLP Christmas Lighting Contest Coordinator for many years and through that I got to know Dave (and Gary). Each year I was amazed at the work they did to create their wonderful display that brought joy to so many people - especially children - in the Marquette area. Creating a display the size of theirs took many hours of (selfless) work - usually in frigid temps - yet they made it bigger and better every year. They were very deserving of their first place finishes. Dave was always humble and it was evident to me that he was not creating the display for any other reason than to bring some holiday joy to the community. My sincere condolences to the Bolduc family. He was a good man.
"I and my family are very saddened to hear of Dave?s passing! He and his wife Sue have been friends since the early 80?s. Sue,Sarah,Hannah and Jeremy, my heart goes out to you. Dave will be missed by many. May he Rest In Peace. "
"My deepest condolences to David's family! David and I spent countless hours together when we were youngsters. My parents Russell and Viola would play cards on a regular basis with Art and Millie and David and I would find ways to entertain ourselves like playing cowboys or army or board games, etc. David had such a great personality and I was proud to be his friend! His father Art built a hunting camp right next to ours and we would see each other when we were out there. Then, my career pursuits took me away from Marquette and we no longer had the opportunity to get together. My message to David's children and grandchildren is that David was a special person and a very loyal friend. He loved fishing and hunting and spent countless hours pursuing them. I'm sure David is resting in peace and looking down on all of us with love. Denny Ward"
"He will be missed. My family and i loved him. He was so nice to us. He cooked good food. He took my family, my mom and me to copper mine. we had wonderful memories. He was very friendly and humor. He is in heaven with my family. He watch over us from heaven. "
"Extending to you and your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy,
Marquette Area Public Schools
Board of Education and Employees"