David Vines passsed away on June 10, 1995 at the age of 70. He worked at U. S. Steel for many years before his retirement and served in the United States Navy during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific theater. In addition to being a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mr. Vines was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
A native of Wylam who grew up in the Wylam community, Mr. Vines converted to Catholicism before marrying Pauline. He took instructions from Father James O'Reilly at St. Mark's Church in East Thomas.
His wife Pauline continues to be an active member of St. Patrick. David and Pauline had seven children: Mike, Dave, Cecilia, Jean, James, Elizabeth and Paul.
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“David Lee Vines, Jr. was born on December 3, 1924. He was the first child of Agnes and Davey Lee Vines. He had a sister, Martha Ruth Olander. He attended Wylam Elementary and Ensley High School.
In 1942 he became the first Eagle Scout in Wylam. In 1944 he joined the Navy and served in the Construction Battalion. David was stationed in Samar, a part of the Philippine Islands, Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands. After World War II ended he returned home and worked with his father.
We met in 1950 and were married at St. Mark Catholic Church in East Thomas in March 1952. We had seven children in nine years (four in 29 months!). David's mother was Catholic and his father joined the Church and received the sacraments of the Church before he died of cancer. David, his mother, sister and his niece, Carol Osborn, also died from cancer. I pray that our children and Martha's two children are spared.
We lived in Wylam about 40 years. David worked at United States Steel at the Plate Mill 27 years. We moved to Brookside in 1992 and joined St. Patrick Catholic Church.
David was very patriotic - he loved God and Country - his Scout motto. Before he died on June 10, 1995, he asked me to write down his last wishes. He said he wanted a United States flag instead of flowers on his coffin. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus. After his burial, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) donated a flag and the Knights put up a flag pole. A ceremony was held dedicating the flag pole in memory of David.
Thank you, Knights of Columbus, for such a beautiful remembrance of David! Thank you for helping St. Patrick's to be such a wonderful parish.
May God bless all of you and keep you in His care."