- 85 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 9, 1929
- Place of birth:
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 7, 2015
- Place of passing:
Pttsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|To the funniest dad, husband, engineer, painter, dancer, chess and ping pong player we will ever know.|
Please click on 'Gallery', and the 'Stories' tab to share or view recently uploaded pictures, a slideshow and a few videos in our dad's life.
Friends received Tuesday January 13, 2-4 and 6-8 PM at CHARLES W. TRENZ FUNERAL HOME, INC., 11110 Frankstown Road, Penn Hills PA. Funeral Mass was Wednesday, January 14 at 10:30am at St Bernadette’s Church in Monroeville PA.
Internment at Mt Saint Macrina in Uniontown, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in David’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1100 Liberty Avenue, Suite E-201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, to the Brother's Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Please feel free to leave a message or tribute below:
"We're all thinking of you today and always, Dad! Love you. Many hugs."
"The months have passed so fast - and I still miss you. The days preceding January 7th are tough.
Still treasure all the good times we had over the years. We were blessed--
"Thinking of you all week Dad, it was a year ago today that we held your hand and said our final good byes. I miss you so darn much, and just love you and Mom dearly.
So many things in life to thank you for - like giving me the confidence and drive to always do my best. And a good sense of humor. Oh - and for the long skinny legs. Those have definitely been a plus too. ;-)"
"December 25, 2015 - my thought of the day
It is our 1st Christmas that we haven't shared in over 55 years, but I am happy that we can cherish many, many wonderful family Christmas memories of more than a half century.
"Memories of our travels with Dave and Joan in Europe - the
Churchill and Berkshire suites in London, making a TV commercial in Rome (CAPACINO!!!), gelato in Florence every night, tulip gardens in Amsterdam, the view of Venice from St, Marks, the night train from Amsterdam to Venice, and many more. Remembering hurts.
Tom and Shirley"
"Thinking about Dad all day long yesterday...86 years ago, you were born. And I am super glad about that. I watched your funny video when we interviewed you when you turned 70, and laughed and laughed. Missing you, Dad."
"Thinking of you on your 86th birthday and still remember all of the great times we shared over 53 years with friends and family.
I MISS YOU ALWAYS WITHTHERESTOF THE FAMILY"
"Dave was fun, that's what I remember. I met Dave thanks to art. We were members of Penn Art Asso. and I was also lucky to be his art instructor at CCAC Boyce Campus for several years. Dave's artwork was carefully painted with attention to details other's would miss or refuse to take the time to paint. Joanie and Dave sat next to each other in art class and shared ideas, materials and their good spirits with each other and all classmates. Dave gave his family lasting works of art to treasure for generations.
Dave was also wiz at Ping Pong and he hustled the 20 year olds in the Student Union. Students would see this tall white haired fellow come up to the table and ask to play. I can only imagine their first thoughts but their shock and awe was apparent immediately when he unzipped a flat case. "OMG! he brought his own paddle!" Dave's reputation grew. He was the guy to beat at Ping Pong even into his 80's. His gentle and easy going personality was an asset and blessing to many students.
It was a pleasure to be in Dave's company and to have known him."
"(excerpt from eulogy 1/14/15)
Speaking for my wife Ann-Marie and myself, we will miss Dad very much. I would like to share a few aspects of my father that everyone may not be aware of.
Dad never forgot the humble beginnings of his own life. He always treated people of all backgrounds and abilities with respect. Learning this served me well in my time in the Navy and throughout my life. He also had a special empathy for those that needed more family warmth.
He also showed us that working hard is an honorable endeavor. I recall this trait in a few ways that weren't always easy to appreciate while growing up. Whenever something in the house or one of the cars needed to be fixed we were compelled to join him in the effort. Both Tom and I (and 'cousin' Bruce) were inspired by this 'make it work attitude' to be engineers. Dad also required that we earn money to pay for 1/2 of our car insurance - not so easy in the late 70's but it made me appreciate my mobility and freedom."
"(excerpt from Eulogy, 1/14/15)
We will miss my dad. But, we've been missing pieces of him for a long time now. His painting, golfing, tinkering with cars and appliances became things of the past a few years ago. Of course, his variably funny jokes, his sense of rhythm and dancing, his goofy humor and whistling, and his love for Joanie continued on to remind us all that he was still here. I recently saw a saying 'Life isn't about surviving the storm - its learning to dance in the rain'. I think we all figured out how to do that the best we possibly could have over the past few years.
Dad’s final passing is still very fresh in our minds. We know that angels were watching over him, and God had a plan for him - we listened to God and played our roles like violins and bassoons in an orchestra in those final months - each coming in to play our part when he needed us. He made sure Dad had a final place to rest with wonderful care and loving people - and that Dad left our world peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, and not alone.
I looked through so many pictures last weekend. We know his childhood was hard. But he persevered, and had an incredible, amazing life, filled with lifelong friends, family, hard work, fun, getting to see the world, and appreciating it through art, music, dancing, laughing and love. Joanie was his love, his organizer, his memory – and he never wanted to leave her side. Everyone I spoke with at the funeral
remembers Dad being kind, strong, funny, loving, brilliant, and hard-working. His paintings are now a wonderful legacy for our family. What a better role model could we have in a father?
Dad - You are always with us. Now, perhaps more so than ever. You raised and shaped us to be strong, smart, hardworking and funny people, loyal friends and spouses, and wonderful parents. We will not let you down. And we promise to take good care of Joanie."
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