Dorian Dade, 60


Dorian Wendell Dade, 60, of Ava, formerly of Gainesville, died peacefully on July 19, 2021, at Mercy Hospital in Springfield with his wife and daughter by his side. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, a private graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Gainesville Cemetery with Pastor Mason Eslinger officiating and military honors presented by Ava’s Troy Herd American Legion Post 112 and a U.S. Army detail. 

He was born Sept. 4, 1960, in Copiague, New York, the son of John Waldorf and Ethel Mae Newman Dade.

Mr. Dade served eight years with the Army in Germany and other overseas areas. On April 19, 1989, in Brooksville, Florida, he married Debra Russo. They were blessed with one daughter, Diana.  

In Ava, Dorian worked as maintenance director at Ava Place for eight years. He also worked as a correctional officer in Sumter, Florida, for several years before moving to Gainesville. While on military duty, Dorian risked his own life to save many others from an explosion in Socorro, New Mexico.

He was a man who was always ready to help those in real need. He was a caregiver for his mother-in-law and his parents. He enjoyed collecting guns, fishing and gardening. His joy was being with his girls: his wife, Debbie, and their daughter, Diana.  

He is survived by his wife and daughter, Debbie and Diana of the home; siblings Dennis Dade and wife Geri, Derrick Dade and wife Janet, and Darryl Dade; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Donald, Danny and Dexter Dade. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Ava’s Troy Herd American Legion Post 112 or to the Adrain Owen Ava VFW Post 5993. Online condolences may be expressed at 

Arrangements by Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava and Gainesville. 

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