Indian Township – David Lawrence Sockabasin, 75, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family. David was born in Peter Data Point on November 3, 1940, son of the late Lola and Roseann (Sopiel) Sockabasin. He attended school in Peter Dana Point and Princeton and at an early age went to work in the woods. David traveled throughout the United States working as a boiler maker until becoming a carpenter and mason for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. In 1960 he met his love, Gloria Ventimiglia, whom he married on November 8, 1961 and spent the next 54 years together. While working as a carpenter David became a Registered Maine Guide. His love for the outdoors led him to eventually guide full time.
David was proud of his native heritage and served his community as an Indian Township Tribal Council Member. He loved playing baseball and was a coach for the men’s league at Indian Township. On July 25, 2010 he was inducted into the Maine Baseball Hall of Fame. David enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, making homemade paddles, playing bingo, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by two grandsons, John David Goulet and Thomas Hood II; two sisters, Florence Patione and Mary Mae Larrabee; and a brother Lawrence “Skeed” Sockabasin. Surviving are his loving wife Gloria Sockabasin; two daughters, Donna Stevens Sockabasin of Indian Township, and Tina Barbato and husband James of Aldie, VA; four grandchildren, Tomihka Nicholas, Dustin Goulet and fiancé Jill Murchison, David Goulet and fiancé Shirrell Cocomazze, and Tomy Hood and wife Bridgid Neptune-Hood; ten great-grandchildren, Dion, Roman, Elise, Mya, Brendon, Kylie, Paityn, Ayden, Bryson, Aselis and Molihk; two sisters, Dianne Campbell and his baby sister Annabelle Sockabasin, both of Indian Township; three brothers, Clayton Sockabasin Sr. and wife Patricia, and Raphael Sockabasin and wife Sandy Melanson, all of Indian Township, and Patrick Sockabasin and wife Maryellen of Indian Island; a half-brother Theodore Mitchell and wife Lena of Indian Township; a half-sister Selena Mitchell of Indian Township; a special family friend Esther Bear; many nieces, nephews, Godchildren and dear friends; and his faithful canine companion Buddy.
A special thanks goes to Glenna Nicholas, Linda Lola and Lucy Nicholas for all their comfort and assistance given to the family.
Visiting hours will begin 1 p.m. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at his home, 11 Lake Dr., Peter Dana Point until 8 a.m. Saturday, May 21. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Kevin Martin 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann Church, Peter Dana Point. Burial will follow in the Tribal Cemetery. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.