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David A. Maslar

Born: 1956     Died: 2017

David A. Maslar

David Maslar, 61, died suddenly Thursday night, surrounded by his loving family. He was the devoted husband to his wife of 30 years Rene Balos and proud father of Amy and Katie Maslar. A devout Catholic, Dave strived each day to live by the dictum of Brother Edmund Rice: Act Manfully in Christ Jesus. Dave recently retired after a successful 35 year run as President of Swisstronics Corporation, the machine shop he ran with his father. He worked hard all his life, from his days as a paper boy and law clerk to his life’s work at the shop, giving up his life and his body for his family. Dave was known to many as the bionic man, not just for his multiple orthopedic additions, but because he could do what many could not or would not. He was an avid outdoorsman and backyard landscaper, had an eye for design, could rattle off movie subplots and the intricacies of the tax code, and always knew how long to put something in the microwave. Dave was a self-taught chef who could whip up a gourmet meal to serve twelve for his family of four on a daily basis. He dutifully read the Wall Street Journal every day and would fax, yes fax, particularly interesting articles to his wife and daughters. He loved visiting Door County, Wisconsin and sailing his beloved sail boats on the bay. Dave will be deeply missed by his family, his friends, and all those who ever ate a meal at his table. In Dave’s honor, share a good meal with your family, just as he did with his family every night. Family and friends will gather Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:00 A.M. for a Memorial Mass in Dave's honor at SS. Cyril & Methodius Church 608 Sobieski Street Lemont, IL 60439. Arrangements entrusted to Brady-Gill Funeral Home Tinley Park, 708-614-9900 or www.bradygill.com

 

Visitation:

Time:
 
Location:
No visitation at the family's request.

Service:

Date:
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Time:
Mass 9:00 am
Location:
St. Cyril and Methodius Church, Lemont, IL

Final Disposition:

Type:
Interment Private
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Dan Kacey 09-15-2017 22:03

Just heard about Dave's death from my dad tonight. Dave was a great friend from grammar school through high school and beyond. My parents and I remember Dave fondly. When I think of Dave I can't help smiling. Always the instigator, Dave was a natural leader. As soon as you saw Dave's smile, you knew he was up to something and that he was going to persuade you to go along with him. Dave was of the most intelligent people I have ever met. I learned something every time I spoke with him, but what I remember the most is laughing with him. I will miss him.

 
 
Tim Prusaitis 09-15-2017 17:31

I was a customer of Dave's just as my Father was a customer to his father Ed. I didn't really know Ed but Dave was one of the nicest guys I had ever had the pleasure to share a conversation. He was truly a kind soul who made the world a better place by being in it. Thank you for all your help and friendship throughout the years Dave.

Sincerely,

Tim Prusaitis

 
 
Charlie Blum 09-15-2017 15:57

Rene, Amy and Katie,

I cannot tell you how saddened Lynn and I are about the loss of Dave. I am still in a state of shock. As cousins, Dave and I were very tight for a long time until we had families of our own which to spend our precious time. I worked with Dave and his dad at the shop when it was near Western avenue. We had a lot of fun together, laughing and telling jokes. Dave had a unique sense of humor but I will never forget that laugh he had. Dave was very business orientated and quality driven (never had a problem telling me when I wasn't grinding the parts properly and then retraining me). Just a couple of week's ago I was telling my sister Cindy that we had to get together with Dave and Rene again at our house. Dave was a kind and sensitive man and never forgot my mother. He would always send her a Harry and David fruit assortment for Christmas. Dave was a special person and held a special place in my heart. I will truly miss him. He was a wonderful husband to Rene and a great father to Amy and Katie
I wish I could conjure up something to say to help you through this very tough time. This world was much better with Dave here .... and now heaven is much better with him there. Lynn and I will pray for Dave and for God to comfort you and give you peace.

 
 
Heidi Vieceli 09-14-2017 09:46

Rene, Amy and Katie,
Shocked and saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I have wonderful memories of being Katie and Amy's nanny. Dave is the best of the best...truly generous and kind man. How many times did he help me out when I had car trouble and eventually even giving me his car, a mustang. Also, after working all day, he would come home to prepare dinner, every day. Great conversations around the table. Wonderful family man. I am sorry that we haven't seen your family over the years, but you have always been in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you and comfort you all during this difficult time. All my love, Heidi

 
 
Betsy Gaughan 09-11-2017 18:05

Dearest Rene, Amy, Katie,
Dave was the best and most authentic good people. Girls, you were the shining stars of his life. Rene, you were his rock. We are so sorry that his life was cut short so early. May God hold you in the palm of his hands.
All our love, Betsy and Pat

 
 
Edward Barry 09-11-2017 13:55

Rene,Amy,and Katie,
So very sorry about Dave, I am sure you know how much he loved you girls and how very proud he was of you. When we did talk which was not often enough, all he would talk about was his two girls how proud he was of the way they turned out.

Rene, so many great memories together, dances, picnics, card games, road trips, and the parties at 8802. Dave was always there when you needed a friend, whether it would be a ride, a helping hand, a summer job at Swisstronics, or just someone to talk with. He was truly a great friend and I know I am a better person for knowing him. Eileen and I are praying for you and our thoughts are with you and the girls-always!

 
 
John Rose 09-11-2017 11:28

I'm saddened to hear this news. Dave was always very jovial when he came to therapy and certainly touched my heart. God Bless you and your family. I'm glad to have met such a wonderful person and I will never forget Dave.

-John Rose

 
 
Steve Rosenbaum 09-10-2017 21:05

Dear Rene, Amy and Katie:

Was so sorry to read about Dave. Was touched how Blessed Edmund was mentioned.

Remember Dave well from our days at Brother Rice. The best memory is when six of us (Steve Kowalski, Mike Manick, Kevin Ruane, Rich Sakalas, Dave and I) created an art piece - The Ko-Man-Mas-Ro-R u-Sak Airport Control Tower - which Brother Chapman thought good enough to have placed in the Main Foyer.

May you all be given strength during this time, knowing that Dave touched those of us whom fondly remember him many years later.

Prayers are with you.

Steve Rosenbaum
Brother Rice HS
Class of 1974

 

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