Born in Malone, N.Y., on February 23, 1950, he was the son of Norma (Fleury) Brockway and the late Kenneth Brockway.
Mr. Brockway grew up in Trout River, N.Y., and graduated from Franklin Academy in 1967. He briefly attended Clarkson University and joined the Army National Guard in 1968. In 1973, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the nuclear submarine force until his retirement in 1993 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Following his retirement, he lived and worked in New London.
Mr. Brockway is survived by his mother, Norma Brockway and two daughters, Hannah Rascoe and her husband, Matthew, of Old Saybrook, and Emily Brockway of Tampa, Fla. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Matthew Rascoe Jr., Aidan Rascoe, and Lilly Rascoe; three sisters, Diane Brockway of Champlain, N.Y., and Janine Bruso and Lorraine Fenoff, both of Constable, N.Y.; and three brothers, Dale Brockway of Bombay, N.Y., Thomas Brockway of Santa Maria, Calif., and John Brockway of Constable, N.Y.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on March 7, at the Huntington Street Baptist Church in New London. Internment will be at the convenience of the family. No other services are planned at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, Mystic, American Cancer Society, or the Recreation Fund at Bride Brook Health and Rehabilitation Center, 23 Liberty Way, Niantic CT 06357.
To leave a message of condolence to Mr. Brockway's family, please visit www.neilanfuneralhome.com.
The Day, New London, CT - March 4, 2007
Dave Brockway served on board the USS William H. Bates from 18 Feb 1976 - 16 Feb 1980.
Dave's mother Norma, would be pleased to hear from any of Dave's shipmates. With her permission, we have posted her contact information here. You can write her at:
- Norma V. Brockway
- 923 County Route 20
- Constable, NY 12926-2603
She can be reached by phone at 518-483-3847.
Attached are some photos, as requested. I thought I would include the few that are left from his Navy days. They were, in my opinion, his best days.
I have included:
1) Navy bootcamp
2) Getting his dolphins pinned by CDR Houley, while on the Bates
3) One part of his CCTI - perhaps this is where he earned the nickname "Boobie Brockway"? Then again, when it comes to a bunch of squids, who knows (or wants to know) how you earn your nicknames!
4) Dad, as a newly minted Chief
5) Dad, running some poor guy through the ringer at a CCTI. I'm sure some old salts would appreciate a pic like this.
I served out 8 years in the Air Force after joining on a near-whim, and I remember him telling me (on the day I was leaving for basic training), "Glad you didn't join the Army, you look better in Air Force blue, and the Navy will be there when you're done with the Air Force!" He wrote me letters while I was at DLI in Monterey, CA, for language school telling me about his similar academic struggles during nuke school and to stay focused - all the extra study just makes you better at your job. Which is true - he went on to teach nuke school later in his career.
Being in the military was the best decision of my life, even after a deployment to Iraq. And he helped me solidify the decision to return to the military, this time as an officer, in the Coast Guard. I held off on submitting my application because I didn't know what would happen and didn't want a career decision to impact my family while he was sick, and especially when he went into hospice care. But, in true Dad fashion, even while he was struggling for air (those cigarettes finally got the best of him) he told me "Don't. F*%!ing. Wait."
Following this method, I try to follow his "hard, but fair" approach, and it seems to be working for me so far. There is no better teacher than a Chief, even those that are long gone.
Daughter of David Brockway
I served with Dave in the late 70's/early 80's. Dave always had a cup of coffee and cigarette in hand. He had a wonderful laugh and was full of energy.
We worked together in the Supply overhaul process (SOAP) at PSNS.
Dave, I talked with your Mom tonight (March 16, 2010). What a great Mom you have.
Soon your family will have access to this website and chat with some of your former shipmates.
USS William H. Bates 1976-1982
MM1(SS) Dave Brockway the best pool player I ever played with! He was an easy going guy who always liked to laugh. But when he was shooting pool he was very serious and man, he won us a lot of beers!
I will never forget the Christmas Dave invited Bad Bob, Spook, and me to his home for dinner with his wife and daughter. We couldn't be with our families so Dave took us home to his.
It's been over thirty years since I last saw Dave, but I can still picture him plain as day, with a coffee cup in one hand and a cigarette in the other, that big, warm grin saying, "Morning, Bone!"
Rest easy, my old friend.
USS William H. Bates 1975-1979
I had a chance to get to know Dave before he left the boat, working on the SOAP Team during the 79-81 PSNS overhaul. Dave was the LPO and the rest of the team included Terry Fessner, Jon Schultz, Matt Crossley, Jimmy Maier, Robert Graves, and Danny Maes (who am I forgetting?)
Dave was an effective leader, but also easygoing, always a smile and a positive spin on things as I recall. And, yes, the relentless cup of coffee...thanks for invoking that memory, Bone!
Dave was one of the few people in my life that gave me some advice that has stayed with me to this day. He was truly one of the good guys in my Navy experience!
USS William H. Bates 1978-1981