Published: February 25, 2016
David Paul “Dave” Newcomb, a supervisor for the Fresh Food Company on the 3rd floor of the DeNaples Center, died unexpectedly in his home Feb. 17 of what appeared to be a massive heart attack, according to Scranton police that morning. He was 52 years old.
Born in Clarks Summit and residing in Dickson City, Dave was employed by Aramark and worked for the Fresh Food Company at The University for 32 years. A few years after graduating from West Scranton High School in 1981, he started in catering and worked different places around the 3rd floor eatery before working in the dish room as a supervisor.
Although he spent most of his time in the dish room, Dave was a marquee part of the dining experience at the Fresh Food Company. He was in charge of scheduling, filling supplies and making sure dishes were clean, among other jobs.
Joe Boyd, director of operations at the Fresh Food Company and Dave’s boss, spoke to him the morning of his death. He said there are many roles that need to be filled because Dave took on so many responsibilities.
“There are a lot of little things he did that you didn’t realize he took care of.” Boyd said. “And he took care of you whether you knew it or not.”
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Tracy “Red” and Charlotte Jones Newcomb. His mother also worked at The University. Dave was the caretaker of his father until he died in September.
“Every day he was very concerned about the operation and the people that he worked with too,” Boyd said. “A good, caring guy; he will definitely be missed.”
Surviving are Dave’s wife of 15 years, Grace; brother, Charles T. and wife, Betty L., of Scranton; nephews, Charlie and wife, Carri; and Edward and his wife, Jenny. Dave also leaves behind numerous friends and coworkers.
Thomas DiGregorio has worked in the dish room at the Fresh Food Company for 20 years. He said Dave saved him from a poor work environment at a restaurant in Scranton.
“He was my boss but he looked out for me,” DiGregorio said. “He was almost like a brother to me.”
Dave loved bowling, fishing, animals and the Miami Dolphins. He donated generously to the humane society and had a sense of humor like no other, according to his coworkers.
Ted Zayac, Resident District Manager for Aramark, worked with Dave for 28 years. He said Dave was a very comical person.
“Dave was the king of one-liners,” Zayac said. “He always had comments about our work and our folks and our staff and he had a lot of fun with it.”
Dave rarely missed work — dedicated, loyal, caring and reliable are only a few of the adjectives his colleagues used to describe him.
The funeral was Monday at 10 a.m. in the Vanston and James Funeral Home in Scranton and interment at the Dunmore Cemetery.
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