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David W. Chenail Sr, 85

February 15, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  In loving memory of David Wallace Chenail Sr., aged 85, who peacefully departed on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Born on March 10, 1938, in Hinsdale, MA, he was the cherished son of Ernest and Olena (Belouin) Chenail. David's journey included education in Williamstown and graduation from Williamstown High School, followed by service as a proud veteran in the United States Army stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

A dedicated owner and operator of Mt. Williams Dairy Farm in Williamstown, David later contributed his skills to the City of North Adams Highway Department. He served as a compassionate school bus driver for Dufour Bus Company. A devoted communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams and a respected member of the Williamstown American Legion, David's passion extended to sports, his love of horses, and raising all kinds of animals; plus producing plenty of hay for all.

Left to cherish his memory is his beloved wife, Elaine Marie (Rougeau) Chenail, whom he married at Notre Dame Church in North Adams in 1959. David is also survived by his three sons: David Chenail Jr. and wife Christine of Farmington, CT; Kevin Chenail and wife Mysty of Ashburn, VA; Chad Chenail and wife Katie of North Adams, MA. He leaves behind a legacy through his five grandchildren: Brett and his wife Stephanie, Blake and his wife Mari, Cormac, Isabelle, and Samuel, as well as great-grandchildren Carson and Connor Chenail. David is fondly remembered by his brother Winthrop Chenail and his wife Carol of Williamstown, MA.

His life was a testament to resilience and love, marked by the bonds he shared with his family. David was predeceased by his daughter, Melissa, and a grandson, Maxim Chenail, and siblings Ronald Chenail, Melvin Chenail, and Roma Cahalan. In addition to his immediate family, he leaves behind his beloved nieces, nephews, and their families.

A Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in North Adams, followed by burial with full military honors at Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA. Calling hours will be observed on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St., North Adams, MA. To contribute to the Book of Memories, kindly visit

Recollections & Sympathy For the Family
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Dave, you were the life of the party. As you got older, you would still enjoy a party with as many family and friends you could possibly have. You raised a wonderful family that know how to love and respect people. You will be missed by so many. I will miss seeing you. Thank you for your generosity. May God hold you tight.
from: Michelle Aon: 02-22-2024

I knew Dave from when my husband catered his picnics at his farm in Williamstown. May be rest in peace
from: Shirley Lescarbeauon: 02-21-2024

Sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy who I enjoy many memories with him. As a younger boy I used to “hop” the milk truck when he delivered to our house and helped Dave finish his route. Later in life we bowled on the same Tuesday night league for Brazau’s Trucking. He was always fun to be around and will be missed! Please know Elaine and the whole family are in my thoughts and prayers!!
from: Tom Mahar on: 02-21-2024

To Elaine, Dave, Kevin, Chad and family, Our sincere condolences to Dave. He was a great man, sincere and hard working. He loved his family. Thinking of you all.
from: Linda and Jim Freeneyon: 02-20-2024

Elaine and family, condolences and prayers to you all during this difficult time.
from: Roberta Curranon: 02-19-2024

David was one of my first suppliers when I opened Tunnel City Coffee (Cold Spring Coffee back in 1992). To this day Mt. Williams milk was THE best milk I ever had to make our Cappuccino's with. I remember his stylish hats and joked with him that they weren't very farmer like!!
One day he was having trouble with his delivery truck and his associate told me that he was having a bad day. When he came in I said, "David, have a muffin!" With a big grin, he smiled and accepted the gift. Afterwards, I was told that whenever he had a bad day his farmhands would say, "David, have a muffin!"
It was a sad day when he retired and today I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. What a great picture you posted of him. Beautiful hat!
If any of you are reading this and if you're having a bad day. Have a muffin, look up to the heavens and know that David is up there with the biggest grin, and twinkle in his eye and eating a huge muffin!! God bless.
from: Paul Lovegreenon: 02-19-2024

Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences.
from: JOHN GIFFORDon: 02-19-2024

May your loved one rest in peace, and may you find comfort in the memories you shared.
from: Blake Emersonon: 02-18-2024

Sending prayers to all of you. So sorry for your loss. May all your memories help heal you during this difficult time. Forever in your heart. My thoughts are with you all.
from: Joni Dunnon: 02-18-2024

Dear family my prayers go out to all you. He was such a kind soul and a good neighbor.
from: Nanette schmidton: 02-18-2024

Our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of Dave. RIP Dave.
Gwen & Woody Boillat
from: Gwen Boillaton: 02-18-2024

Eileen and family Ray and I send our heartfelt condolences . I have such good memories of walking through the airport up to the farm to see the baby cows before I knew who Dave was!
from: Barb Gagnonon: 02-17-2024

Elaine, Dave, Kevin, Chad and family. My sincere condolences to you all for the passing of Dave. He was a good man. May you all be blessed throughout this most difficult time of sorrow. May Dave rest in peace!
Tim Therrien
from: Tim Therrien on: 02-17-2024

Dear Elaine, David, Kevin, and Chad, and all your families, Our Deepest Condolences, on your loss. Prayers go out to you and your families. May Dave RIP. Jacqueline and Bill Cote
from: jacqueline r coteon: 02-17-2024

Heartfelt condolences, love & healing prayers from all of us here. ??
from: Heidi, Simon, Adam & Trulyon: 02-17-2024

Elaine and Family,, So saddened to hear of Dave's passing. I have fond memories of the picnics at the farm I was privileged to attend and the laughs shared., hay rides and fireworks. Prayers for you all at this difficult time. He was a good man. ??
from: Geri Brassardon: 02-17-2024

Susan Sibley
Posted Feb 17, 2024 at 01:28pm
I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr Dave when I rented an apartment from him. He was without a doubt one of the nicest, kindest men I have ever met. I never saw him without a smile on his face. He always took time to have a chat. I left North Adams quite a few years ago but whenever I'd come back to was a bright spot to run into Dave and have a chat again. Thank you for your service Mr Dave...ironically I now live a stones throw to Ft Campbell base, I will think of you everytime they fly over my house. Rest in peace Mr Dave, you will be missed and thought of often and fondly.
To the family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathies are with you. May God keep you in His loving embrace. ?
from: Susan Sibleyon: 02-17-2024

My heartfelt condolences to all family and friends. He sounds like a wonderful man who lived a beautiful life.
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