David B. Ellis, chairman of Republicans Abroad Costa Rica, died Tuesday in Ludlow, Vermont, after suffering a heart
attack while on vacation.
David was born on May 24, 1932, to James Waldo Ellis and Mabel Bryant Ellis.
He graduated with honors from the advance gunnery course at The Military College of Science. He also graduated with a bachelor of science in engineering physics and Sigma Pi Sigma from The University of Kansas and a master of science from the University of Vermont.
David was a designer for General Electric, taught math at Burlington Community College and served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. During his career with GE and other companies he travelled around the world. At one point he taught Spanish at CCV, and was a volunteer worker for disaster relief in Puerto Rico.
David loved Costa Rica, lived in Alajuela and was also active in Post 16 of the American Legion.
He was always a devoted and loyal family man. Met and married the love of his life, Vera Calderon Corrales over 14 years ago. He is also survived by daughters, Gabriela Calderon and Veronica Ellis, both of Costa Rica, and Jeannette Morse of Hooksett, New Hampshire, a grandson Justin Plouff, two great grandchildren Gavin and Brayden and two sisters, Barbara Pallotta of Vermont, and Jamie Townsend of Florida
David was a lifelong Republican and enjoyed political discussions.
He loved to race his sailboat and received many awards over his long sailing career on Lake Champlain, Vermont. During current summer vacations in Vermont he enjoyed driving his ancient Triumph Spitfire.
He enjoyed life until the moment he died. Service in Costa Rica to be announced.