David Thomas Arber Sr, long-time resident of Pennsauken NJ, passed away peacefully at age 76 with his wife Ann by his side on September 12, 2021.
Dave was in the Air Force when he met Ann. They were married for 54 years, and it was a running family joke they’d only gone on 3 real dates, although many letters were exchanged between NJ and Montana where he was stationed. After being discharged they moved back to NJ and he became an RN, spending decades caring for patients and helping families through the stress of illness.
His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and the menagerie of animals that mysteriously found their way into the home. A lover of nature, most family outings and vacations involved picnics, camping, fishing, and canoeing, even in snapper turtle-infested waters. He was an accomplished woodworker and cook and was equally patient teaching his children and grandchildren how to use a hammer, chisel and band saw as he was teaching them how to make biscuits, cookies, and cream puffs. He was the master snack maker and his love of cheese was legendary. He also had a streak of ornery that led to surprise water gun attacks, alligator wrestling in the pool, and one-liners that left you laughing for hours.
A quiet humble man, he saw needs and helped others without seeking attention or reciprocation. His faith was immeasurable and unshakable, and he trusted the Lord would provide what was needed when life’s challenges arrived. His last words to his children the day before he died expressed his love and pride of each of them, that he was ready to go home, and he’d see them all again in heaven.
He is survived by his beloved wife Ann Lefever Arber, daughters Susann and husband Christopher, Allison, sons David and wife Karen, and Seth, and his brothers Daniel Arber and Scott Arber. He was the loving grandfather to Joseph (deceased), Jamie, Tyler, Katelyn, Zachary, Kayla, Amberly, Christopher, and Jillian, and loving great grandfather to Daniel, Jace, Carson, Jayden, and Jaylynn.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing from 10 am to 11 am, Monday, September 20, 2021. Funeral service will follow at 11 am. Interment will be private.