David George McCauley, 54,
Old-School Commercial Fisherman
David McCauley first went to sea at age fifteen off the coast of San Diego and found his calling just like that. His strapping build and quick mind served him well for the challenges of that occupation but inside this tough man was an empathy that made him a favorite when he helped out on a friend’s tourist-fishing boat. Mr. McCauley was comfortable in the company of other hard men as well as the tourists who needed gentle coaching or a firm safety reminder.
Unfortunately, he inherited a degenerative neuro-muscular disease from his father while in his forties and was expected to live only a few more years but fought through it with ferocity yet good humor for more than ten years. He attributed his retention of energy to daily helpings of Vermont maple syrup.
David George McCauley as born in Providence, RI, on December 8, 1964 to James McCauley and Leigh McCauley. His formal education ended when he had to go to sea to make a living but his mother read Lord of The Rings and other science fiction books to him. Thereafter he practiced continuing education through voracious devouring of books and whatever technical manuals were necessary for any job. His brother Jay recalls that David’s favorite character was Conan whom he sought to model himself after as someone who was a devoted friend, had strong passions, was not afraid to thump a few heads of those requiring such treatment, and a favorite of the ladies.
When he was no longer able to handle fishing on a rolling ship he worked in a shop tricking out vehicles for those seeking the California vibe and then in customer service at an Audi dealer. He was a man with a bit of grease under his fingernails who knew how to serve customers of expensive German cars.
In his final five years he lived with his mother, Leigh Linda Lynch, in The Villages, Florida, where golf cart transportation and numerous swimming pools gave him independence and therapy. His brother Joseph (Jay) McCauley was staying with him when he died.
He is also survived by his younger brother, Zo Star Ross, and his son, Jake David McCauley. David instilled in Jake a great passion for the sea & fishing. Jake was always by David’s side whether on land or sea, as spending time together was their greatest joy. David was most proud of his son Jake, strong & kind, and was the happiest when with him. Memorial donations may be directed The Villages Hospice House 601 casa Bella The villages, FL. 32162
December 8, 1964, died July 24, 2019