David L. DeGroote "Fruity" Beloved brother, uncle and friend CLIFTON SPRINGS - David L. DeGroote, died on Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic, after a brief illness. David was born on March 7, 1961, and was the son of the late Robert and Elizabeth DeGroote and recently celebrated his 52nd birthday. He was a graduate of Red Jacket Central School, class of 1979, and the Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES welding program. After graduation, he went to work for Mobil Chemical Co. which was then bought out by PACTIV Corp., where he was still employed. During his 20s and 30s, he enjoyed playing softball and golf, shooting a hole-in-one at Winged Pheasant Golf Course. He was a big fan of Notre Dame football, the Dallas Cowboys, Syracuse University basketball and the New York Yankees. David was also a fan of the Drum & Bugle Corps and the Hawthorne Cabelleros in particular. He was an avid deer and goose hunter and a member of the Black Brook Flats Hunting Club. He took great joy in hunting deer with his brother Matthew, sister Anne and fellow club members. He also enjoyed the annual trip to the Outer Banks with friends and family, as well as cooking and grilling. David was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Turner-Schrader Post 34 in Shortsville. David will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his family, friends and those who knew him for his humor, caring, and kindness to others. He is survived by his girlfriend, Renee Morrow; her daughter, Meaghean Deppen; his brothers, Alan (Teri) DeGroote and Matthew DeGroote; sister, Anne (John) Van Epps; two nephews, Anthony DelGatto and Caleb DeGroote of Silver Spring, Md.; niece, Chelsea DeGroote; several aunts, uncles and cousins; Renee's parents, Charlie and Gail Morrow; her brothers, Curt (Barb) Morrow and their children Shae and Peyton, and Kevin (Florence) Morrow of South Carolina; special aunt, Diane Wykles; several other aunts, uncles and nieces of Renee's; many wonderful friends; and his black lab, Madison. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 27, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Halsted-Patrick Funeral Home, 19 N. Main St., Manchester. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 28, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial, in St. Rose Cemetery, will be held at the family's convenience. In lieu of flowers, donations in David's memory may be made to Honor Flight Rochester Inc., P.O. Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692; Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, P.O. Box 241, Harborcreek, PA 16421; or House of John, 14 Spring St., Clifton Springs, NY 14432.