ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, David Soto, 60 years old, born on March 7, 1960, and passed away on February 11, 2021. We will miss him dearly.

Our dad, David, was a born and bred New Yorker.  He grew up with his family in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn.  He joined the Marines and traveled the world serving our country.  He worked for the New York City MTA for over 30 years and had just retired two years ago.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, working out, and enjoying the beach. He was a lifelong Mets fan.

David leaves behind his four daughters Sophia, Ashley, Danielle, and Brianna, a granddaughter Delancey, and a grandson Sebastian. He will be missed dearly by his mother Haydee Ruiz, his brother Ruben, his two sisters Vivian and Miriam, and his two nephews Dino and Nathaniel. 

We know our Dad has touched many peoples lives and we invite you to share your stories, photos and tributes on this site for us all to remember what a special person he was. 

Due to Covid and everyones safety, we will be holding off on a celebration of his life.
Posted by Michael Lopez on March 5, 2021
"Jarhead!!! This is how Dave would greet me from across the room whenever I entered the gym. I would reply with "Devil Dog!!! He was my Marine Corps brother in Powerhouse. We had a unique bond in the gym because we shared a very unique title. I will miss our many conversations about our experiences in the Marines and our very long talks about life, family, loss, love and of course weightlifting. He was a very deep and insightful brother that helped me with solid and thoughtful advice during some hard times in my life. I will forever be grateful for that. To Dave's family; although we have never really met I feel like I know some of you well. One thing that everyone in Powerhouse knew about Dave was that he loved his family very much, especially his daughters. I will pray for his daughters because I know what an immense loss this is for them. Dave was an amazing man and I know he was an amazing father. He is now fulfilling his duty for God just as every Marine eventually does. He is guarding the gates of Heaven as the hard charging Leatherneck that he is. One day I will join you on guard duty. Until we meet again, Semper Fi brother!
Posted by shaelee lopes on February 26, 2021
Dearest David, we met so many years ago and i will always remember and love you! You were always a beautiful person, inside and out! You touched so many with your kindness and wit, and that big smile! My heart and prayers go out to your beautiful family, may they all find the strength to go through this difficult time! Rest in peace and love!
Posted by Jose Espinal on February 22, 2021
Hi,my name is jose espinal and I met Dave in powerhouse gym 3 years ago.Dave was a great man,a man that had a amazing soul.since the very first day I met him he showed me nothing but joyful,respectful,and wisdom that I will never forget.we always spoke about a lot of things.but most all our conversations were about our daughters and Dave’s commitment to being a great father was remarkable.we talked a lot about sports and I knew how much he loved the Mets lol.I used to wear a lot of football gloves to the gym and he gave me the nickname “tiger”(tiger woods) and used to yell it across the gym when he saw me.when I didn’t see him in the gym for a week I used to always asked the guys that knew him if they saw him.dave was a unique man that will b missed dearly.my condolences goes to his entire family.god bless.
Posted by Gisele Gaubron on February 22, 2021
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to his beautiful daughters and family. David warmed my heart. He was a good man, funny, shape dresser and true friend! I enjoyed our spiritual talks. I will miss him & his kindness. Honored to have met him through Herman. Grateful that I saw him this past Fall at Orchard Beach! He was looking handsome as always. Forever grateful for our beach time and dancing memories. May God bless David always. He will forever be in my heart & prayers. 
Posted by Mike Giuliano on February 22, 2021
I saw this and thought of Dave immediately so I had to post this......
“That man is a success –
who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche
and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better
than he found it;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it.;
who looked for the best in others
and gave the best he had.”
Posted by Mike Giuliano on February 22, 2021
I met Dave almost 20 years ago in powerhouse gym when I was completely blind with my training. He taught me so much but besides training in the gym he taught me how to be a man outside the gym. Dave is the perfect example of a Man. A Great man. He used to tell people “You know this kid? this is my youngest.” Dave was like a father to me. Dave would talk your ear off for hours lol. Last I spoke to him, I called him back in October to let him know the gym was opened. I was talking to him through Bluetooth driving to the gym then I was parked outside the gym for 20 minutes or more. I told him “Dave I’m parked outside the gym I have someone waiting for me to train.” We both laughed and as We were saying our goodbyes...he started a whole new convo! Haha... matter of fact, The reason I own my Jeep today is because of him. He told me about this model. He was the first person I called when I picked it up. He taught me so many things about it and set up the app for me . He stopped what he was doing l, came in the Jeep and called the lady for me. That’s the type of person he was. Always giving and never expecting. All I have is flashbacks of him laughing from all the times we would break each other’s chops in the gym. Dave liked to joke around a lot but aside from all that he was a very straight forward, honest and serious person. There wasn’t one person Dave didn’t got along with. Dave never judged anyone. He loved to help people. Every time we spoke, he always mentioned his family. Dave loved his children and grandchildren very much. He lived for them. He would tell me stories about going to Disney every year with 2 of his youngest. Last I spoke to him he was upset but happy that another daughter was moving to Europe with her family. Happy they were going to start a fresh, good life out there/ Upset he wouldn’t get to see everyone as much anymore...When I was younger If there was any man I would want to be like, it was Dave and it still is like that to the day. There’s men who don’t make it to heaven then there’s men who may take awhile to get into heaven. Men like Dave go straight to heaven, no stops on the way. There’s also friends you like and friends you Love. He was that friend that you loved. I loved Dave. He was my family without the blood. I’m glad I called to check on him and that I got my last convo with him that day. If I would have known it was going to be my last time we would ever speak to each other, I would have never hung up that phone. I could go on for days and days talking about Myself and Dave. He will ALWAYS be apart of my memory. I’ll never forget him, the things he taught me and our convos.
He will always be a part of me.
He will always be like a father to me or my other dad.
-Your youngest, Mikey.
Ps: Lol I hope I’m not missing anything. You are gong to be missed by many. You could rest easy now brother. I love you Dave.
Posted by Michael Faix on February 21, 2021
So Sorry to hear you passed my friend. I remember the day we met, I had just been kicked out of STAR FITNESS because their leg press machine broke when I was using it. I remember your words to me, "If you broke our machine for training that heavy, I'd have your picture up on the wall!"
 You spot me on some major lifts there, 615lb bench, 500lb incline bench for reps and a 705lb squat. You gave me insight on getting ready for a show. I'm so very sorry to hear you were called home so early. Rest in eternal peace my friend, and may Gods angels escort you through the gates of heaven.
Posted by Bobby Cerino on February 21, 2021
I remember meeting David in powerhouse we instantly became cool he would call me son I would call him dad cuz I was young when I started working out and he gave me so many tips especially I would always ask him how do I get my forearms like yours cuz his arms was sick he will be truly missed R.I.P. til we meet again
Posted by Jonathan Rosenberg on February 20, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out for his family what a wonderful man!!! Dave taught me a lot in the gym! He will be missed and never forgotten! RIP
Posted by Johnathan Gonzalez on February 20, 2021
Dave was a big inspiration for us all. Met Dave at powerhouse about 8 years ago and always admired him. I remember Dave bought the very first shirt that I created with my brand and he supported and wore it all the time. He took the sleeves off and I asked him what happened to them lol. He said his arms were to big so he had to let them go lol. Dave you will be truly missed my brother. You were a big bro, big Uncle and a friend to us all. We love you and we know that you’re definitely do some push-ups up there right now . #PowerHouseLegend
Posted by Ivan De La Cruz on February 20, 2021
Mi Rubio , my heart ❤️ is in pain but here I go. I want to thank you for being my friend, my brother and mentor, we known each other for over 12 years , from helping me in the gym to our runs on Pelham park track , I really appreciated all the advices of life and all the talks about our kids and their education. You really made everyone laugh everyday and your energy was so positive I can still feel it , to your family goes my condolences and to you I know God has you in the right place , till we meet again my brother , much love
Posted by Mac Hernandez on February 20, 2021
Me and Super Dave met at Powerhouse gym about 12 years ago . We've seen eachother there for about 20 years once we spoke we became instant friends. Everybody in Powerhouse loved dave for his advice about training and life itself. He was a family man first always talked about his kids. About 4 years ago we established a friendship outside of Powerhouse and started hanging out at Moms cigar lounge aleast twice a month. There we would get into deep conversations about life and family as we smoked his favorite Padron sticks and drank cognac. My condolences to his family he was truly a genuine person . He will definitely be missed , never forgotten. RIP MY BROTHER.
Posted by John DeSalvo on February 20, 2021
This really breaks my heart. Every once in a while, I would visit Powerhouse and Dave was always a refreshing face to see there. A strong guy, a great guy and always good to talk to. My condolences to his family and loved ones.
I know you will be missed by many, Brother!
May God Bless You!!
Posted by Sunny Perez on February 20, 2021
David & I met when I was 19 and he 25. Our hearts connected into a beautiful Love Story, & we shared 8 years of growing & learning about Love & Life. Our memories are Forever. David is one-of-a-kind & gone too soon. His kindness & warmth touched so many. David, you were blessed with a beautiful family & friends. You are in Heaven & Glory. My Beloved, you & I will reunite in Heaven some day. You will Forever be the LOVE OF MY LIFE!
"tis better to have loved & lost than never to have loved at all"....Tennyson
Posted by Eddie Lopez on February 20, 2021
David was family at our gym Powerhouse in the Bronx. Always a pleasure to see him in the grind. Smooth and easy going guy with the passion to train. May heaven have a few dumbbells for you to not miss a workout.  God Bless your family my friend.   Eddie
Posted by Jessica Anaya-Lopez on February 19, 2021
I was saddened by this news. Sending my prayers & love to David’s family, especially Dani and Bri.
Posted by Renée G on February 19, 2021
Thank you, David, for being one of the best dads I knew. Your evergreen smile, warm hugs, and loving presence has always stayed with me and everyone around you. Your life and spirit will continue to be remembered and celebrated. May your soul be at peace and filled with all the love we have for you from here. <3
Posted by Zaida Sanchez on February 19, 2021
David, my heart is broken. You were one of the good guys. I met you through my brother, Herman (RIP). Now I guess you two will be buddies in heaven. I am kind of shy and David would get me out of my seat and make me dance lol. I loved listening to your theory on life.
My condolences to your family. You lived for your daughters.
RIP my friend
Posted by Saritza DeJesus on February 19, 2021
RIP David! Thank you for giving me my greatest blessing our girls! You will forever be missed but never forgotten.
Posted by Cynthia Rosario on February 19, 2021
Rest with the angels, David. Your smile and kindness will forever be imprinted in my heart. ❤️

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Posted by Michael Lopez on March 5, 2021
"Jarhead!!! This is how Dave would greet me from across the room whenever I entered the gym. I would reply with "Devil Dog!!! He was my Marine Corps brother in Powerhouse. We had a unique bond in the gym because we shared a very unique title. I will miss our many conversations about our experiences in the Marines and our very long talks about life, family, loss, love and of course weightlifting. He was a very deep and insightful brother that helped me with solid and thoughtful advice during some hard times in my life. I will forever be grateful for that. To Dave's family; although we have never really met I feel like I know some of you well. One thing that everyone in Powerhouse knew about Dave was that he loved his family very much, especially his daughters. I will pray for his daughters because I know what an immense loss this is for them. Dave was an amazing man and I know he was an amazing father. He is now fulfilling his duty for God just as every Marine eventually does. He is guarding the gates of Heaven as the hard charging Leatherneck that he is. One day I will join you on guard duty. Until we meet again, Semper Fi brother!
Posted by shaelee lopes on February 26, 2021
Dearest David, we met so many years ago and i will always remember and love you! You were always a beautiful person, inside and out! You touched so many with your kindness and wit, and that big smile! My heart and prayers go out to your beautiful family, may they all find the strength to go through this difficult time! Rest in peace and love!
Posted by Jose Espinal on February 22, 2021
Hi,my name is jose espinal and I met Dave in powerhouse gym 3 years ago.Dave was a great man,a man that had a amazing soul.since the very first day I met him he showed me nothing but joyful,respectful,and wisdom that I will never forget.we always spoke about a lot of things.but most all our conversations were about our daughters and Dave’s commitment to being a great father was remarkable.we talked a lot about sports and I knew how much he loved the Mets lol.I used to wear a lot of football gloves to the gym and he gave me the nickname “tiger”(tiger woods) and used to yell it across the gym when he saw me.when I didn’t see him in the gym for a week I used to always asked the guys that knew him if they saw him.dave was a unique man that will b missed dearly.my condolences goes to his entire family.god bless.
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Shared by Cleo Small on February 19, 2021
When I heard it I couldn't believe it and like the music that's playing in the background now "Gone to Soon". It was good seeing you when I saw you at the retirement party. I will always have good memories of you because you was that dude. You never complained about anything not even when I made a mistake on your check and it said $0.00 lol. My TRO brother R.I.P until we meet again. Gone but not forgotten. Love you man!