David R. Gaul, 74, of Searsport, passed away Jan.14, 2011, in Belfast after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born March 23, 1936, in Endicott, N.Y., the son of C. Archie and Almeda Pratt Gaul.

David was a retired vice president of Bangor Savings Bank. He served as manager of the Belfast branch for more than 30 years. He began his banking career with the First National Bank of Belfast. After the merger of First National with Depositors Trust Company, he transferred to Rockland to manage a new office of the Depositors Trust Company. He was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking and the Savings Bank Institute of New England.

David was always very interested in antiques and enjoyed the business he and his wife owned and operated for more than 30 years. He was an active member of Maine Antique Dealers Association and had been an exhibitor in several of the association’s shows as well as antique shows throughout New England.

He was a past president of Eastern Maine Development Corporation, a past president of Belfast Lions Club, a former director and treasurer of Waldo County General Hospital and a former director and treasurer of Northport Golf Club.

He also served as a director and officer of several other local organizations.

He was a 43-year member of Belfast Lodge A.F. and A.M., a member of the Valley of Rockland Lodge, the Valley of Portland Consistory and of Anah Shrine.

David is survived by his wife of 50 years Phyllis(Humphrey) Gaul; daughter Pamela Gaul Johnson and her husband, Michael T. Johnson of Presque Isle; brothers, Archie J. Gaul and his wife Judith of Belfast, Michael Gaul and his wife Nancy of Lawrenceville, Ga., Alan Gaul and his wife Carolyn, of Unity; as well as several nephews, nieces and in-laws.

He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Bernard Gaul.

Family and friends are invited to call Saturday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast.

Funeral services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Waldo County General Hospital, 118 Northport Ave., Belfast, ME 04915. Online condolences may be offered at www.ripostafh.com.