In Memory

David Avery

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08/24/08 10:56 PM #1    

Brian Lewis

I have so many intense memories -- many wonderful ones -- involving David. It stands out that David and his wife married on the same day as Kakki and I -- May 27, 2001!

I learned of this unexpectedly while honeymooning in the Caribbean -- of all things by overhearing David's voice behind me at dinner. I nearly fell to the ground, immediately realizing David was next to me and telling my wife before confirming. Seeing David and his wife was an amazing coincidence that turned out to be a very big gift.

Kakki, David and I immensely enjoyed having parts of the next few days to hang out, sing Karaoke, drink and meet his wife -- a thoroughly engaging, positive and lovely lady. The Karaoke was so much fun, taking me back to many hours singing with David during childhood. David showed a great love of harmonica playing and singing, an expansive spirit, same hair and same wonderful voice. I am really grateful.

Later that year David's wife called to tell us their daughter was born and that David had died in a motorcycle accident. It really set me back and has been a real source of pain and sorrow since that day. Richard Habel, Tom Heyn, Dick Disharoon and I got together a few years later to reminisce about many things, including David.

I am reminded how precious life is and what a joy David was in all his high-spirited full-voiced presence. Thanks David. I imagine you keeping an eye on me. I think of you often. One of the reasons we named our littlest daughter Ava was to keep your memory alive.

Peace, Brian

09/06/08 11:28 PM #2    

Betsy Kramer (Marcus)

I just learned of David's passing thru the reunion website! I was numb the rest of the day. I always admired his talent ( and his looks) from afar as he was onstage and I in the wings with tech, props or whatever. While we were never friends, he was always so funny in rehersals, that even Mr. Grey would crack a smile at his antics. I have thought of him in the past, and now knowing he is no longer with us, saddens me. I hope his family knows what a posiitive impact he had on the stage at PHS.

09/07/08 08:07 PM #3    

Cindy Glick (Cummins)

I had dinner with Betsy Kramer Marcus this past weekend and she told me about David. I was sick. David was an amazing person. We became very good friends when we were young. He lived in Colonial Village and I lived in Millbrook. I have such fond memories of me and him, Tina Siegel, and Tommy Heyn going swimming at the Colonial Village Swim Club, or going to the tree lighting ceremony in their neighborhood, then we would all go caroling thru the neighborhood. What a wonderful time we had every year. And of course, how could anyone forget how beautiful of a voice he had, and how he used to sing with the guys in the quartet. Or all the theatre, and the list goes on and on, He was an amazing friend, and even though we lost touch after school, he will always be in my heart, and will truly be missed.

09/23/08 07:52 PM #4    

Tina Sigel

Tom Heyn told me what had happened to David a few years ago. I was stunned and saddened at the time and now seeing all these wonderful acknowledgments I am again reminded what a loss this is. David drove me crazy. David made me laugh. He was wild and lovable. My memories of him are some of the best of my childhood years. It isn't until having the perspective of the passing years that I can appreciate what a vibrant and sweet person he was. Thank you David, for the fun and hilarity. You were one of kind.

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