David Allyn Hooghkirk, 79, of Chester, CT passed away on December 23, 2023.

David HooghkirkDavid was born in New Haven, CT on November 7, 1944, son of Albert F. Hooghkirk and Evelyn G. Bailey Hooghkirk. He was so proud to have been a "Creeker", living the first few years of his life in Stony Creek. David graduated from Guilford High School in 1962. He served his country in the United States Army from 1965-1967 in Vietnam.

In 1959, David began his drum corps career in the Ancient Mariners. He is considered to be a "plank owner" or founding member of that corps. After his time in the service, he returned to play with the Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps. He was involved with the Company of Fifers and Drummers from the beginning, especially after the purchase and development of the Museum of Fife and Drum. Playing the snare drum was his passion and lifelong hobby that brought him countless friendships worldwide. He was happiest surrounded by people sharing this passion.

David worked most of his adult life as a licensed Land Surveyor. He worked for T.M. Russell in Guilford after high school, as well as Eric Anderson and then Russell Waldo. In 1980, he went to work in Old Saybrook for Angus McDonald/Gary Sharpe and Associates. He surveyed most of Connecticut in his 43 years there.

David met his wife Sylvia in 1973, and they were married on June 7, 1980 in Deep River, CT, a lifetime of love and friendship. David is survived by Sylvia, son Daniel and his wife Nelle Robb of Melbourne, Florida and daughter Nicole Hooghkirk of Chester, CT. He also leaves his beloved granddaughter Isabella Suzanne Negron. He was predeceased by his sisters Judith Bodner, Phyllis Evanuk and Janice Hooghkirk, as well as his brother Paul Hooghkirk. He is survived by his sister Sandra Murray of Branford.


Services with military honors - Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 11:00am at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown, CT followed by a Celebration of Life at the Meeting House in Chester, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

  • Disabled American Veterans/Department of Connecticut,
  • The Ancient Mariners, Connecticut or The Stony Creek Fife and Drum Corps.