David G. Bargovic

David G. Bargovic, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by love and comfort on Friday September 6th , 2019. Born in Ballston Spa on May 20th, 1946, he was the son of Evalina and Joseph Bargovic.

David served in the US Coast Guard and was proudly stationed at the Loran Monitor Station in Keflavik Iceland. There he utilized his love of radio communication and his HAM Radio expertise to serve his country. After his military service he worked for the Xerox Corporation, celebrating 20 years of service before retiring. In his retirement he pursued his passion for Real Estate obtaining his Realtor licensure.

David was a true people person who would happily strike up conversation with anyone and everyone. Dave loved to hear a good story almost as much as he loved to tell one. He was a warm, energetic personality who made those around him feel welcome and special. He made time for those he loved by lending his craftsman skills and wide array of practical handyman knowledge.

As a self-described DIYer, Dave found great joy in all things home improvement and took great pride at a job done right, the first time. He built his own home in the early 70’s and was continually making alterations and enhancements. Using his capable hands and a multitude of cherished tools he was happiest when he was building, wiring and repairing just about anything.

Dave was a dedicated life member of Eagle-Matt Lee volunteer fire department, celebrating his 54th year of service in 2019. Alongside his brother and fellow volunteer Jay, he actively participated in drills and calls despite his status as an “Old Timer”. He enjoyed marching each year in Ballston Spa’s Memorial Day parade where he would proudly carry the axe and at the Holiday Parade where he enthusiastically handed out candy to spectators.

As a licensed HAM Radio operator for over 55 years he participated in multiple radio clubs as NR2J and would excitedly share his affection all things radio, communications and call signs. He made many great friends and embarked on innumerable adventures, with his favorite travel buddy Bob Raffaele, seeking out radio treasure at HAMfests in the area. He was a wheeler and dealer who reveled in negotiating a great deal for the things he bought at the fests. He was a member of Saratoga County Amateur Radio Association for 45 years, American Radio Relay League (AARL) for over 50 and Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) for 25 years.

David is survived by his adoring daughters, Erika Bargovic and Danielle Bargovic, his brother Jay Bargovic and his wife Sue; his loving companion of 15 years Sharon McCauley-Castellano and their beloved “circus-dog” and constant companion Buddy; Shari’s children Jim McCauley, Tom McCauley, Seana Daniels, and Hollie McCauley-King and her children, Bailey, Maddie and Jake. Dave also leaves his dear friends Bob and Betty Raffaele.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 11th from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A Firematic Service will be held at 6pm. Funeral services will be held 9:30am Thursday, September 12th at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa where a mass of Christian burial will be celebrated. Burial with military honors will follow at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of David may be made to Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Department, 35 Washington St, Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Guest Book

Jeff Ordon - W2JRO

I'm stunned to hear of Dave's passing. I met Dave when I joined the Saratoga Amateur radio club while living in the Ballston Spa area in the late 1980's. Dave and I went to the Rochester Hamfest together for many years, alternating driving from year to year...Dave had the misfortune of driving his Bronco II the year we hit a Deer on the NYS Thruway on the way back from the fest...After about 2005, we stopped going to the fest but I would see him just about every year after that at the Saratoga Hamfest. He was usually doing one of two things..either running the Kitchen or was out looking for a bargain.

He was a great guy and me being 15 years younger, the information I learned from him was invaluable. I think the last time I saw Dave was at the 2017 Saratoga Hamfest...life took me away from Amateur radio for a while, I'm so sorry it did.

God speed Dave, and thanks for the friendship and Memories.

Steve Weinstein K2WE

I was so sad to hear of Dave's passing.. I was a member of the Saratoga Amateur Radio Association for several years but now live in Florida. Last time we spoke was at the Hamfest in 2018. After my accident in March 2013, Dave came to see me in the hospital and re-hab at Sunnyview... In my almost 56 years in the hobby, He was a very special person.. I hope you rest-in-piece my friend.. 73.. Steve

Jackie Murphy Bentley

The Jay and the Bargovic family, my condolences and prayers. I have fond childhood memories of the Bargovic boys hanging out with my brothers. Dave would bring me for rides on his motorcycle because he new how much I loved riding on them. I had a very dear close friend of mine die of ALS two years ago. It is a horrible disease. Dave is now in the hands of our Lord and no longer suffering. God Bless you all!

Jim Polewczak



The members and officers of the Saratoga County Firematic Officer's Association wish to express our condolences to the Bargovic family and members of Eagle-Matt Lee Fire Co No 1.

Dick Rowland

Dave was a good friend. I always looked forward to the Ham Fest at the fairgrounds because I knew I would see Dave in charge of the kitchen and hear a couple of good stories. I used to sit with him and others at the Old Timers banquet for Eagle Matt Lee and enjoyed his company. He will be surely missed by his family and community.

Marianne Nobile Kawecki

Condolences to the family of David. Many years ago when I only had a permit to drive a motorcycle,David would accompany me on rides on his bike, Years later in 1998 he was my realtor when I bought my first home. David was a great guy and I know he will be missed. RIP

Stan DeLong

To the Bargovics and Friends, So many fond memories. Ones that jump out all the time is when David would park cars at the family house during fair week. $1 per car. Dave would cram them cars on the family lots and Joe Sr. would be yelling out to him he has enough. David would yell back, "room for two compact cars". He was truly a character and was great for conversation about anything.
Dave will truly be missed, but rest assured, spiritually he is with us all.
My condolences to Jay and Family, Sharon, Erika and Danielle and my brothers and sister at EML.
David, time to lay your axe down and hang up your helmet. The good Lord has a new assignment for you now. Rest in peace as we continue on until we meet again. God speed my friend.

Bob Raffaele (W2XM)

To Erika, Danielle, Shari and family - Dave was a one in a million friend. He stuck by me when my disabilities worsened. He was always willing to lift a walker or push a wheelchair with a smile on his face and compassion in his heart. Betty and I are grateful that his suffering with this debilitating disease (ALS) is over. He will be missed by both of us and will always have a special place in our hearts. Until we meet again, RIP DEAR FRIEND. 73’s