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Obituary for David H. Poverman

David Poverman
(Monday, May 1st, 1933 – Tuesday, December 15th, 2020)

David PovermanDavid H. Poverman, Sea Girt, passed away peacefully at home on the morning of December 15, 2020. Born in Boston Massachusetts on May 1, 1933, he was a graduate of Suffield Academy and Babson College, attended the NYU Graduate School of Mathematics, and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. From 1957 to 1972 David worked in operations research and computer systems planning for American Oil Company, Ford Motor Company, Mack Trucks and Thomas J. Lipton, and was on the adjunct faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Ocean County College. In 1972 he became the owner Marine Motor Sales and Service in Pt. Pleasant Beach, which he proudly ran until his retirement in 1986.


From an early age “Big Dave” had a passion for anything automotive, especially if it went fast. A lifetime member of the Northern New Jersey*  region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), he raced a 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 Zagato (see right) from 1959 – 1962. He and his wife Rosemarie loved living “the sports car life,” and were often found at New York City sports car hotspots like Sardi’s and the La Chanteclair Restaurant where their picture was proudly displayed behind the bar with other famous drivers of the day. After his racing days were over he put his energies into teaching classes on sailing and marine engines for the Coast Guard Auxiliary, helping his wife build her own business, traveling, and raising a loving family. 


Dave is survived by his wife of 67 years, Rosemarie, his sons Christopher (Asbury Park) and Nicholas (Belmar) and Nick’s long time partner Cindy Kwiatkowski, daughter Gail Marie and her husband Bob Kave (Manasquan), and his grandchildren Rachel, Andrew, Emily, Alex, Angela and Christopher.

Visitation will be Friday, December 18, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35 at New Bedford Rd., Wall. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10 am at the funeral home followed by burial in St. Catharine Cemetery, Wall. For more information or to send condolences please visit Due to the Covid-19 executive orders of Gov. Murphy, please be mindful that all gatherings must follow capacity limitations, the wearing of masks, and the maintenance of social distancing.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Sea Girt Police Department 319 Baltimore Blvd., Sea Girt, New Jersey 08750.

* New England region was reported buty David was a lifelong member of NNJR

From Rosemarie Poverman - David Poverman NNJSCCA member since 1957 former National Flag and Communications Chairman (who wrote the first Flag & Communications manual) and was an SCCA competition driver passed away 12/15/20