David was a man of many words, full of life and love. His death came as a
surprise to all of us, including me. Iíll never forget that day. We were on the
phone hours before the car accident. I called him to ask his opinion on an
anniversary present for John, my husband and Davidís son. I always loved to ask
his opinion on certain things because he would put thought into the answer he
gave me, and he often thought of things that I did not. After we discussed the
anniversary present, we spent another hour on the phone talking about various
things, like how the kids were doing and how Margaret, his wife, was. I could
always talk to David for hours.
Anyone could call David and talk for hours. He loved people, as you can tell by
the cramped seating in here today. Everyone David went, he could strike up a
conversation with a stranger, and before you knew it they were invited to
Today, it seems like everyone is always in a hurry. You wind up having short,
rushed phone conversations and hurried visits. Not David though. It was as if he
had no concept of time. Thatís because the conversation or the visit was more
important to him than being on time to something else, provided it wasnít an
important doctor appointment or school play.
David came to all of the kidís school plays. He was a family man, and you could
tell the he was committed to being there as much as he possibly could by the way
he always made time for everyone. Like that day, we got off the phone when I
heard that he had dinner in the oven. I said, ďWell, I guess Iíll let you go so
you can cook.Ē His reply was that dinner would be fine, and we were on the phone
for another ten minutes. He then left to go to the grocery.
I never realized that day that I would never get to have another phone
conversation with David, or that it was the last time I would tell him goodbye,
but it was. David knew that life was short, and thatís why he took the time to
celebrate life, spending every minute that he could with people that he loved.
He was a wonderful man with a gentle spirit, and he will be missed.