David Idema

David ‘Tree’ Idema, 77, a lifelong Beacon resident, passed away peacefully on June 2, 2020 at The Grand Rehabilitation-Nursing at River Valley in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was born on October 12, 1942 in Beacon, NY, son of the late Peter Idema Jr. & Mary (Kacur) Idema.

David was a graduate of Beacon High School, upon graduating he took up his trade of masonry for over forty years. He loved being a skilled-mason and would always acknowledge and remember all the projects he was a part of. David built his own home in Beacon of which he shared with former wife Donna (Voght) Idema and his 3 youngest daughters. He owned his own business, Idema Masonry, Inc., and worked for the Bricklayers Local Union 5 in Poughkeepsie, NY until he retired.

David is survived by his 4 daughters: Shontae (Troy) Swain, Shannon Idema, Alison Idema and Jamie Idema. He is also survived by his 9 grand children, Mason, Dilynn, Carson-Rae, Kenley, Chloe, Briel, Devin, Toby and Tori, all of whom he thoroughly enjoyed spending his time with. David is also survived by his brother Peter Idema III and his sister Diane Galucci and several nieces and nephews. Sadly, he was predeceased by his son David J. ‘DJ’ Idema. Along with his son and parents, David was also predeceased by his brother Paul Idema.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the LIBBY FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES, 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, NY 12508. A Private Cremation has been selected at the discretion of his family. To offer a message of condolence or share a fond memory of David ‘Tree’ please visit: www.libbyfuneralhome.com

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  1. Alison Idema says:

    Dad, I love you so much and will miss you every day. It doesn’t seem real that you are gone. I thought you would outlive us all. No matter what happened, you kept on going. Thank you for being the best father and always being there for me. You were full of love for all us and the grandchildren. You will forever be in my heart, in our hearts. I love you more than you know ❤️

  2. Chloe Swain says:

    Grandpa and I at his home in Marlboro in May 2012. He taught me how to ride his four wheeler 💕

  3. Chloe Swain says:

    DJ and Shontae on Easter 1974

  4. Chloe Swain says:

    Shontae and DJ 1974 Highland Place Beacon, NY

  5. Chloe Swain says:

    Shontae and her grandfather at Highland Place Beacon NY

  6. Chloe Swain says:

    Dj, grandma, and Shontae 1978

  7. Don Knight says:

    So very glad I knew Dave, he was never anything but friendly & helpful.
    Wonderful thoughts going out to Donna & the girls.
    Tree man will be missed.

  8. Rosalie Nicholls says:

    So sad to learn that Dave has passed away. We grew up together in the same neighborhood. DAVE was a great guy. He is at peace after a long illness. Rip Dave. You will be missed. Condolences go out to his family.

  9. Bruce & Mary Ann Wolfe says:

    Our Deepest Condolences to Dave’s Family, We had the pleasure of knowing Dave for a long time, always a smile and a friendly hello when he seen you. My husband Bruce grew up with Tree they used to live next door to one another when they were little and Bruce also graduated with Tree, I believe he was also called Teen Angel, which I don’t think he liked to much LOL ! A great man,mason, and friend , we will keep our memories of Dave close to our hearts . Fly high our friend sleep in peace, until we meet again. Sincerely, Bruce and Mary Ann (Phillips) Wolfe, Formally from Beacon, now Spring Hill,Fl.

  10. Glen Sneyd says:

    Tree was a kind, caring and giving friend. Our most sincere condolences go out to his loved ones.

    Carol and Glen Sneyd

  11. Al Digiovanni says:

    I spent a number of days with Dave fixing cars marching in the Lancers Drum Core swimming at the dam and other places he was a great friend

  12. Bob Kacur says:

    Rest in Peace in the Happy Hunting Ground cousin Dave. You are a unique individual. Condolences to Cousin Pete, Diane , Donna and all Dave’s children and grandchildren. Dave and his crew helped me build my house back in ’91 . They laid up the 12 in. block for the foundation, poured the concrete floor in the basement and later Dave built the fire box and chimney. On many cold winter nights as I gaze into the burning embers and stare at the yellow firebrick I think of Dave. He also lent me his generator when mine was stolen. Great guy. I’m going to miss him.

  13. Lorraine M Kerins says:

    Our deepest sympathy Diane and Anthony and Family in the loss of your brother.

    Lorraine and Scoot

  14. John Terralavoro says:

    To the Idema family ,our sincerest condolences on the passing of your farther . My brothers knew him well in younger days and I had the pleasure of meeting him too on jobs. He was a nice man and a lot of fun on the job site. To our dearest friend Diane his sister , both Debbie and I are here for you If needed , we are deeply sorry for your loss.
    Love John and Debbie Terralavoro

  15. Margaret Fasano says:

    Tree you will be missed by many … he was a great cousin of mine … condolences to the family and 🙏. Your cousin peggy fasano

  16. Joan Sommer says:

    We had many good times with Tree & Donna. I’m sure all his friends agree. I remember when Allison &Shannon were little, you were at our house playing with our 4 cats. One was under our TV. Alison’s got a little scratch & let out a hold your breath then scream. Probably why you have dogs now. We send everyone our heartfelt sympathy. May Tree be at peace now. We will plant a small tree in his memory.
    Jerome & Joan Sommer

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