David Allen Licari

Heaven gained another soul on Tuesday when Dave Licari left this Earth and those he loved behind to begin a new adventure.

David Allen Licari entered this world on May 27th, 1952 in Birmingham MI and left this world in Troy, MI on November 16th, 2021. Dave was the son of Frank and Doris (both deceased): Brother of Ken and Ron: Husband of 26 years to Michelle: Father of Melissa (Robert) Metivier: Grandfather to Garrett: Beloved honorary member of the Kwapis family.

Dave spent his formative years and most of his life, living and working in the greater Utica area. Dave left the area to serve in the Navy and returned to take a job with Ford Motor company, where he worked for 34 years. After retirement Dave continued to support the community he loved by driving a school bus, a job he derived great joy from.

Dave was always a bit of a gearhead, owning and operating a variety of toys from boats, snowmobiles, and classic cars to a lifelong interest in motorcycles. He shared his passion with others by being a member of the Great Lakes Southeast Michigan Harley Owners Groups and currently a member of the Great Lakes Southeast Michigan Riding Club. Dave enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends usually behind the handlebars of his Harley.

Dave will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial services have not been arranged at this time.

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  1. I’m going to miss you Dave you’re a good friend fun to be around great to ride with rest in peace my friend

    I’m going to miss you Dave you’re a good friend fun to be around great to ride with rest in peace my friend.

    • Dave you will be missed so very much ❤️❤️❤️ my deepest sympathy goes out to Michele and family my friend.

  2. Words cannot express our sorrow for Michelle and family. Gone too soon.
    Bill & Penny Fisher

  3. Deepest sympathy family.. I drove a school bus, I knew him for a few years., we had the same school bus routes. We had a few laughs, he will be missed. 🙏🏼😞

  4. The love of my life. Stay close my love. Visit often. Feel joy and contentment. Your wife Michelle.

  5. Melissa Sheppard

    Everyone will miss seeing you at our office David.❤️ Every time you came in with your dogs for an exam or to pick up supplements you made us all laugh and smile!
    I loved your humor.
    I can’t believe you are gone. 😔
    We will take care of the dogs so they can continue to bring joy to Michele.
    May you find all the peace and joy wherever you are now. 🕊
    I will always smile when I think of you.
    Melissa and Gregg Sheppard

  6. Sorry to hear, Did not know him directly, although our paths may have crossed at the Ford Utica Trim Plant at 23 mile & Mound Rd. I retired with 34 years starting in April 5, 1973

  7. The illusions of mortal life are gone. Many experiential lessons have passed.
    May you now rest within eternal consciousness where love is all there is.

    Your Brother 🙏💕

  8. The Hinchey Family

    Mr. Dave had been our sons bus drive since he started school 5 years ago. To say we are heart broken is an understatement! All the kids loved him and we knew he would keep our kids save! He will be so missed! Lots of prayers to his family!

    • Thank you. In the hospital Dave cried and cried because he loved his kids on the bus and was worried about them. The bus driving job was perfect for him. He got to protect and watch the kids grow. He loves many of the families and many of the children were special to him. He lived for that. God bless you and know that being with those kids and protecting them and making them safe and loving their families was the best part of his life.

  9. Thank you. You did not leave you name but God Bless You.

  10. cynthia Caltrider

    So sorry to hear this , very sad news. I remember Dave from way back in the 70’s. He was a great guy, and a friend of mine. It’s strange that just today l was remembering my younger days in Utica, and the great times we had . Many people came to mind , and Dave was one of them. I have been gone from Michigan since ’84, but my mind frequently wanders back home and to the wonderful memories, and that includes Dave and his bike. RIP my friend. Rest well .

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