David Paul Cain

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David Paul Cain, of Hamden, CT, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 29, 2017 at the age of 88. David was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 14, 1928. He grew up on a farm in Economy, Indiana. He attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. After graduating from college, he served in the Army during the Korean War. After returning home from the war, he lived in New York City for several years before moving permanently to Hamden, CT. As an enthusiastic traveler, he has painted and photographed throughout Europe, Greece, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and the United States. He taught art and photography in Mexico City, Costa Rica, and Connecticut. Mr. Cain was a member of the Hamden Art League and loved to teach painting classes there. Many of his students had been with him for years. He often said his students had become his colleagues and friends. Mr. Cain is survived in death by his nieces; Janice Janitz, Patricia Ringer and Cheryl Smith, his nephews; Richard Wall, Alan Boner, and Rex Boner. He is preceded in death by his longtime friend, Joe Nista, and his sisters, Esther Wall and Priscilla McDougall. Friends may visit with his family on Tuesday, April 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. Memorial contributions in his name may be sent to the Hamden Art League, c/o Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT 06518.

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  1. Uncle David-

    I will miss your laugh. I will miss your stories. I will miss your creativity. I will miss you showing me your tag sale finds. Most of all I will miss the time we spent together reminiscing about family long past. Rest in Peace – Janice

  2. You will be greatly missed, Uncle David. Your dynamic personality and ability to blaze your own path have always made me admire you. You did what made you happy and always had great stories to share with me, Amber, Mom and Dad.

    While it makes me sad you are no longer with us, I take great comfort in the fact that you are up with Mamaw, Papaw, Uncle Robert, Aunt Priscilla and the rest of our loving family.

    I love you!

    Monica, Bob, Bobby, Rilyn and Russ

  3. David was a wonderful person, always happy and smiling when he came to our office. I have multiple pieces of David’s work in my house and will always cherish them. RIP David. You will be missed.

    Dr. Stuart Lazaroff and staff of The North haven Dental Group

  4. Uncle David gave me a view of life like no one else in our family. From the Chelsea Hotel and Hair in the 60’s to ancient Egypt in this century, he helped me see how truly rich the world can be for a person who grew beyond life in Indiana.

    Uncle David was a visual person. Yet he experienced deeply much of his world that was beneath the surface. He understood that there are places, in this world and beyond, that we are each connected to. He returned to paint in some of those places throughout his life. I am thankful that I have some of those paintings. And I am thankful that he was part of my life.

  5. David, your kindhearted wit, world wisdom and creativity was inspiration. Your humor will be missed, my dear.

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