Captain Dave passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9th 2013. He was
surrounded by the love of his family and friends at home.
Dave was born and raised in the Boston area. He summered in Sunapee
for many years before becoming a resident in 1969. Dave graduated from
Sunapee High School and later earned his business degree from New
Hampshire College (SNHU).
In 1980, Captain Dave purchased the MV Mt Sunapee II from his father,
John McGrath. Captain Dave is the truest example of hard work and
staying positive. He successfully beat the Leukemia he was diagnosed
with 18 years ago. In a pioneering procedure, he received a bone
marrow transplant from a total stranger, Cheryl Sherwood of
California, who soon became one of his closest soul mates. Through his
sheer determination, he defied all medical reason and odds to
successfully beat cancer and persevere for 9 years after his bone
marrow transplant. He was a fighter in every sense of the word.
Through his battle, Dave was always positive and greeted everyone with
a smile on his face. Along with his own personal outlook, he credited
his long health to the support and care of his family, friends, and
especially the Sunapee community.
Captain Dave loved everything about Lake Sunapee and the harbor. He
embodied all the great ideals of the area. Dave was a captain aboard
the MV Mount Sunapee II and the MV Kearsarge for over 35 years. One of
his favorite places was at the helm of his ships. He loved sharing the
lake with all those he met and especially the children of the area.
Each spring he provided free cruises to Sunapee students. He loved
being involved in his community; he was president of the Lake Sunapee
Business Association, the co-originator of the Chowder Challenge,
organized water safety courses and supported numerous community
initiatives. Dave was involved in many aspects of the harbor. At
times, he operated the Anchorage, Welcome Center & Gift Shop (now
known as Harborside Trading Company), the gas dock, and harbor boat
rentals. Dave was also a realtor and one of the developers of the
Overlook at Indian Cave. He felt very humbled to be named the
“Honorary Mayor of Sunapee.”
Dave is survived by his loving wife, soul mate, and best friend of 43
years Diane, sons Dustin Hargbol and Casey Hargbol, daughters Lacey
Hargbol Fenton and Crista Hargbol all of Sunapee, sister Christine
Hargbol Hudson of NC, brother Dana Hargbol of VA, sister Carla Hargbol
Thatcher of CA, sister Maureen McGrath Brandon of Sunapee, and their
loving families. In addition to his biological family, Dave also had
many community members that he considered family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Capt Dave Hargbol
Memorial Scholarship”, in care of Ledyard Bank, PO Box 2203, New
London, NH 03257.
Please join us at a public memorial service on Saturday June 15th at
4:30 PM in Sunapee Harbor to celebrate Captain Dave’s life. It will be
followed by a reception. His ship sailed too early, but his legacy
will cause ripples for years to come. Captain Dave will never be