February 24, 1957 ~ September 25, 2020

Born in: Pueblo, Colorado
Resided in: Pueblo West, Colorado

Video service for David Cortese:

David G. Cortese, 63, passed away on Sept. 25, 2020. He leaves behind his wife of 27 years, Billie Jean; children, Cassie (Rory) Moores and Aaron; grandson, Rhett; sister, Sandra (Dr. John) Rea; brother-in-law, Chuck (Denise) Hood; nephews, John (Rachel) Rea, Christopher (Jessica) Rea, Jeffrey (Travis) Hood and Jason Hood; nieces, Jennifer (Paul) Palumbo and Jonna Rea; great-nieces and great-nephews; other family members and friends; and his dog, Snickers. Preceded in death by parents, Saverio “Chub” and Alma Cortese; in-laws, Charles “Chuck” and Freda Hood; and many other family members. Dave loved music. He liked Cher and country music. He was raised on the mesa and graduated from County High School Class of ‘75 gold chord senior. Dave was a recipient of the Boettcher Scholarship having received his Bachelor’s Degree in business from USC-Pueblo. He was an avid bowler and owner of Cortese Sheet Metal Inc. until it closed in 2011. Dave was a member of Eagles FOE Pueblo West and past Benevolent Order of Elks. His last career was as a Licensed Psychiatric Technician for the State of Colorado and CNA at Sangre de Cristo Community Care and Team Select Home Health. He was very family oriented, family came first. Billie Jean, Cassie, and Aaron were his life. We would like to thank Sangre de Cristo Community Care for their love and care. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday, October 2, 2020, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Please abide by seating restrictions and social distancing, due to COVID-19. Livestreaming at the same time, on Dave’s obituary page, at www.MontgomerySteward.com. Memorials may be made for Aaron’s handicap bathroom remodel, 459 W. Pin High Dr., Pueblo West, CO 81007 or Sangre de Cristo Community Care, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com


Memorial Service: October 2, 2020 2:00 pm

Montgomery & Steward Funeral Chapel
1317 N. Main Street
Pueblo, CO 81003


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  1. CandleImageSandy so sorry to here the loss of your brother David. My Deepest Sympathy to you and the family. I always think about you guys. Know you and the family are in my thoughts and Prayers. It’s never easy losing someone you love so much especially a sibling. Biggest hugs and kisses to you and John and the kids. I love you and eill always pray for you all. ❤🙏 Lisa Rose Gonzales-Lawson

  2. BillieJean and Aaron,
    We are so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a great guy and sorely missed by all.

  3. Cassie,
    We are so sorry to hear of David’s passing.
    What a loss to you all.
    Dave was a great guy-missed by all.
    Barb & Chuck Schneider

  4. CandleImageWords cannot begin to describe such a great man! May he be at peace. He will be greatly missed and always in our hearts. Our condolences to Billie, Cassie, Aaron, Rory, Rhett. My girls and I will always have great memories of Dave! Godspeed!

  5. My heart is broken. Dave was my beloved friend for so many many years. I will miss your humor, your wisdom, your smile, and your unconditional love. Tell Jane hello. We’ll all be together again by and by. ❤

  6. I was stunned and saddened to read of Dave’s passing from this realm. Dave was a fellow student of mine in the business administration classes at USC back in the day. I’ve lost track of him over the years, but I’ve never forgotten him. He was always smiling. I remember a project we worked on for class, a marketing survey at the Pueblo Mall. Dave was a natural with people. His eyes would sparkle with happiness and a touch of mischief!
    To Billie Jean and family, my deepest sympathy for your profound loss.
    I’ve truly known only a handful of people in my nearly 70 years that had that inner sweetness that Dave possessed, so kind.
    Well done, they good and faithful servant.
    –Nancy and Mike Krauth

  7. CandleImageI was thumbing through the obituaries and I am in such shock. I yelled out, WHAT!!! Oh my gosh!!! I just can’t believe it. I ran into Dave several years ago at the mall, I enjoyed talking with him and seeing him. What a wonderful man. I’m in shock. A big hug to Sandy.
    What a loss!!! May he Rest In Peace. God Bless the whole family. I am so sad.

  8. CandleImageBillie Jean, Cassie and Aaron,

    The community has suffered a loss of a great man and friend to all. Your family has suffered a great loss and endured so much over the years. So I pray that your family find loving comfort and support in this time of sadness and loss. May you all take the time to grieve but be able to fill this hurt in your heart with loving memories and carry his love with you everywhere. You all are amazing and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.. Dave will be greatly missed and will always be remembered as a caring, kind and great friend.

    Nancy Hamilton and Family

  9. BJ, Cassie and Aarron,
    We are so sad to hear about the loss of Dave. Dave was a good man and we are all so sad. Please know that we are praying for all of you.
    Love, Julie Drake, Dylan and Hannah Biby.❤

  10. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. He will be missed.

    Kim, Max, Owen and Emma

  11. CandleImageOur thoughts and prayers remain with Billie Jean, Cassie, Aaron, Rory, Rhett and the Cortese and Hood families. Our memories of Dave will always be happy ones. Dave was kind and always welcoming to anyone who visited and shared and made memories with the family. You are loved and will be missed. We know in our hearts that we will see you again one day!
    Until we meet again,
    Jerry, Linda Rae, Justin and Nicole and Jared Russell

    Have Faith.. God is always with you and surrounds you with His love,

  12. What a beautiful celebration of life for such a special husband., father and friend
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you BJ, Cassie and Aaron we will see him soon you have a special angel 😇 watching over you all. We love you all please let me know if you need anything love always
    Paul & Bonnie Wold 💞

  13. Barb and I were classmates of Dave’s, class of ‘75. So many memories, he was the fastest typist in the class. Rest In Peace my friend. God has a special seat for you.

  14. CandleImageLove and hugs to Billie, Aaron, Cassie, Rory and Rhett. Dave was such a kind person!

  15. CandleImageMy best memories of David were the year he spent in Boulder at CU when we were in college. He taught me how to make sure our name was pronounced correctly. “It’s easy it rhymes with obese—Cortese! Works every time!” He was right. The people I told, never forgot how to pronounce my name! Actually I think of David every time my name is used!
    RIP David

  16. May the amazing memories your family created together get you through these difficult days. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you.


  17. CandleImagesuch a Blessing meeting Dave,
    A great Man. Deepest sadness and many hugs to Billie Jean, Cassie, Aaron, Rory& Rhett

  18. CandleImageTo David’s family I wish to offer my condolences. I worked with David and attended the LPT program with him. He was the only male in our graduating class and we all referred to him as “fun guy” which he indeed was. His laughter was contagious as well as his smile. Thoughts and prayers to all those effected by such a loss.

  19. CandleImageI had the great pleasure to know David and to work with him some here at Pueblo Regional Center. David was the kindest most considerate man I think I have ever met. All of your family is in my heart.

  20. Bille … my condolences to you and your family. I have many memories of times past, school, church, bowling; Dave was a lifelong friend. Peace be with you.

  21. Dear Billie Jean and family,

    We send our deepest sympathy. Preying for comfort for you and your family.

    Kathy and Leo Troutman

  22. CandleImageOur deepest sympathy in your loss of Dave, the anchor to your family, but our Lord will continue His blessings of peace, love and hope so you have courage to be pillars of strength for each other. May you feel His comfort now. God bless you today and always. Love you much, Charlene & Bob

  23. Billie Jean and family and Sandy and family, Our sincere sympathy for all of you at the loss of David. I remember his kindness and warm smile. I always enjoyed visiting with him during chance meetings. We pray that the wonderful memories of days gone by will bring you comfort and strength. God bless.
    David and Pam (Andrew) Keller

  24. Billie Jean,

    We were so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. I have known Dave as my friend for well over 50 years and I always admired the person and friend that he was. I met Dave in a bowling alley, it was called Bowl-O-Mat back in the day. We bowled junior leagues together and went to many tournaments throughout the state. I remember Mr. and Mrs. Cortese and Sandra quite well. A wonderful family! Then Dave found the girl of his dreams and had his own wonderful family. Although the our paths have been apart my friendship for this family was always strong. Rhonda and I will miss Dave’s smile and positive approach that Dave had in life. Our sincere condolences go out to the entire family.

    Scott and Rhonda Bridgman

  25. CandleImageI was so saddened to hear the passing of my birthday brother. We started our lives out together in the nursery as we were born two hours apart on the same day in the same hospital. We always teased each other because I was two hours older. We went to junior high and high school and graduated together. Dave was the sweetest kindest man you ever want to meet. My deepest sympathy to Billie Jean ,Cassie, Aaron and Sandy. Rest in peace my birthday brother.🙏❤️ Sandy Schuster-Ward

  26. Billie Jean and Family, So very sorry for the Loss of David. He was a very kind and loving person. May he RIP.

    Theresa Maurello

  27. Billie, my sincere condolences to you and your family and Sandy. Dave wa s such a good, kind man and he will be greatly missed.
    Carol and family

  28. CandleImageBillie Jean and Family,
    Our deepest condolences on your loss, we are here for you if you need anything!
    Hugs to you all!!
    The Garcia Family

  29. CandleImageI’m so sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was such a wonderful person. Prayers to all his family. He left this world way too young. RIP Dave

  30. CandleImageDave
    You will be so missed, all the trips that we took and spent time with you and your family going bowling, Las Vegas, Reno, Louisiana. It’s hard to believe that you are gone. Rest In Peace and relish the time meeting Jesus and being wrapped in his arms . Billy Jean, Cassie & Rory and Aaron prayers with you always and lots of ❤️ ♥️♥️♥️

  31. CandleImageI’m so very sorry for your loss. Dave was such a kind man, always greeting you with a smile. God bless you all.

  32. So sorry for your loss. David was always a kind man. May your family find peace in sharing memories of a life well lived.
    God Bless You
    Nadine StyduharCraciun

  33. David,
    You will be missed tremendously. We have been friends for 40 plus years.
    I still remember our first bowling tournament. Rest in Peace my friend.
    Billy Jean, Cassie, Rory and Aaron, I am so sorry for your loss.

    • CandleImageSo sorry for your loss. May you find peace knowing he is now your guardian angel. Prayers and hugs.
      Skilling Family

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