FARMINGTON -- David Daniel Teicher, 58, of Stratton, passed peacefully, in the comfort and knowledge that he was loved, on Friday, May 10, 2013, at Franklin Memorial Hospital, Farmington.

He was born March 27, 1955, in New York City, the son of Louis Irving and Roslyn (Klafter) Teicher. He received his education in Great Neck, N.Y., schools and attended the University of Florida, Coral Gables. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corp as a corporal 1st class during the Vietnam War, serving in Vietnam and Cambodia.

After the military he worked as a deep sea diver, working for Clean Harbors in the construction of underwater oil rigs. Some of his work experience found him diving off the shores of Angola.

Dave spent many years as an owner-operator trucker and most recently worked for T. T. Dunphy Trucking, North Anson.

In 2005, inspired by his mom's gardening expertise, Dave built Teicher Farms Hydroponics and was the supplier of "Roz's Gourmet Mix" throughout Maine until 2011. His goal was to supply affordable healthy food to local people.

For those privileged to know David, or to cross paths with him in his lifetime, he could be described as "authentic," honest and kind, with a heart of gold. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking and loved being around the water. He was a giver, helping people with their problems, offering friendship and wisdom. He enjoyed cooking and savoring a good cup of coffee. He loved his two hybrid wolf dogs, Misha and Shkee, and his "soulmate dog" Maggie.

Those blessed to call him brother are his two sisters, Judy Brack and her husband, Michael, of Edmonds, Wash., and Nadhia Sutara, of Victoria, British Columbia. He leaves cousins Dr. Sharon Levine, of Boston, Mass., and Robin Levine, of Long Island, N.Y.; best friends Phil Balsam (whom he referred to as a brother) and his wife, Dovey, of Industry, and their children; and a very close friend, Marisa Moors, of Rumford.

Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Stratton Town Hall. Words of remembrance will be shared at 4 p.m. A potluck reception is being organized by friend, Stephanie Bigelow. All are welcome. Come as you are. Remembrance gifts may be given to FAEM ATT.: Rev. Susan Crane, P.O. Box 147, Farmington, ME 04938; or to the . Tributes and condolences may be shared with family and friends on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Arrangements are in the care of the Wiles Remembrance Center, Cremation Service and Funeral Home, 137 Farmington Falls Road, U.S. Route 2 and Route 27, Farmington.

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Wiles Remembrance Centers
137 Farmington Falls Road Farmington, ME 04938

Published in Central Maine on May 15, 2013