David Russell Squires

SQUIRES, David Russell Of Estero, Florida, died November 18, 2020, at age 81.

To all who knew him, Dave was a kind and gentle soul.  He enjoyed having conversations about historical events, weather conditions and just about anything that anyone cared to share – truly a gifted listener and friend to so many.  Born and raised in Sommerville, Massachusetts, Dave graduated from Sommerville High School and Boston University before embarking on a long career with the Smithsonian Institution, to include a term as Operations Officer for its Scientific Event Alert Network (SEAN).

Traveling was a lifelong passion for Dave whether by train, plane or automobile . . . favoring the locomotive, by far.  His love of trains began at an early age and stayed with him throughout his life, with recent plans for a trip across the United States once the pandemic left us.  Dave also loved spending time on Chebeague Island in Maine, with family roots on the island dating back to the early days of colonial settlement.  There was no place Dave would rather be, having spent every summer of his youth on the island with his grandmother, Eva Colesworthy Squires, and, in more recent years, closing up the cottage each fall.  In fact, quite fitting, Dave’s final trip to the island was just a few short weeks ago, when he closed up the cottage one last time.

Mr. Squires, who lived in Estero and was 81 when he died November 18 of complications following a heart attack, will be missed David & Marilynmost especially during the holiday season, having shared so many Thanksgivings and Christmases with family, whether up in in Groton, Massachusetts with his sister who predeceased him, Patricia H. Squires-Brown and brother-in-law, Robert L. Brown, down in Ft. Myers, Florida with his sister and brother-in-law in Ft. Myers, or with his nieces and their families at their homes in between - family was so important to Dave and he celebrated with us all in very special and memorable ways. 

A private memorial service will be held on Chebeague Island for David who, in addition to his sister, Marilyn Ann (Squires) Nicklas and his brother-in-law, Dick Nicklas, leaves a niece, Grace Nicklas Warne, nephew-in-law, Dave Warne, and grand nieces Charlotte Squires Warne and Susanna Nicklas Warner; a niece Mary Ellen  (Nicklas) Winn, grand nieces Emily Lillian Winn and Olivia Marilyn Winn and grand nephew Stanley Richard Winn; and niece Patricia Nicklas Landgren, nephew-in-law Mark Landgren, grand nieces Anna Squires Landgren and Elizabeth Capen Landgren and grand nephew Anders Pierce Landgren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to The Chebeague Island Historical Society, 137 South Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017 or Hope Hospice. 9470 Healthpark Cir, Fort Myers, FL 33908.