David Woolston Quarrier

Published 11:10 am Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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David Woolston Quarrier of Charlotte Court House, VA, died peacefully on April 6, 2020 in the care of Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born on June 4, 1942, in Hartford, Connecticut, and was the son of Dr. Sidney Sayre Quarrier and Eliza Atlee Woolston Quarrier. David grew up in West Hartford where he was Senior Prefect at Kingswood Oxford School and captain of the lacrosse, soccer, and ski teams. He went on to play soccer for Stetson University and graduated from SUNY Buffalo. He and his wife, Penny, settled in Charlotte County, Virginia, where they have spent the past 47 years at their beloved farm, Kentwood.

In Charlotte County, David and Penny co-founded Charter Oak, a day support program for adults with disabilities, now in its 44th year. David was also an active farmer, raising black angus cattle for many years. He was instrumental in organizing the Charlotte County Cattleman’s Association, which brought together the local farming community. He went on to experiment with a vineyard and founded Drills and Bits, a shiitake mushroom supply business.

David will long be remembered for his devotion to family, fearlessness, determination, and a zest for life. His integrity and strong faith defined him. He was a devout Episcopalian, serving as a member of the vestry as well as Junior Warden. David was also especially passionate about sailing and boating in the Thousand Islands, where his family has vacationed for generations. Above all, he enjoyed connecting with people in every aspect of his life.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all those who assisted in the care of David in his later years. We are forever grateful for their time, patience, and compassion, as it truly enhanced the quality of his life and those around him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Frances “Penny” Abbitt Quarrier, daughter Sadie, son Alexander and his wife Dosty, granddaughters Sally, Bays, and McKenzie, and brother Sidney S. Quarrier, Jr. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his siblings Eliza A. Q. Beekley and Archie M. Quarrier.

A celebration of life will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions can be made to the Johns Memorial (Episcopal) Church, 400 High Street, Farmville, VA. 23901.

Puckett Funeral Home is serving the family. www.puckettfh.com.