About Mr. Dave
One of Dave’s favorite sayings was: “The future's so bright you gotta wear shades!” Even during his illness, he chose faith over fear. He enjoyed life and appreciated all the small things it had to offer.
Affectionate, fun-loving, kind, and caring, Dave had a joyful heart that touched my life, the lives of his children and grandchildren as well as everyone who knew him. Even his signature tie dyed clothing showed the way he viewed the world. He devoted his life’s work to nurturing and teaching children at St. Dennis School. His steadfast values, honesty and sincerity left a lasting influence on his family, his school families, his friends, his church and his community.
When the diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia was given, we were blindsided. We never heard of it, what caused it, how to treat it and most importantly, how to cure it. We were scared as we faced each day with more questions than we had the day before. Dave’s answers didn’t come in time. He passed away on May 2, 2014.
No man has ever gone to so much trouble and effort to make sure I was taken care of, to make sure I had what I needed, to make sure I knew how special and loved I was. He always said he had my back no matter what. This was his promise to me he would tell me.
My forever promise to him is to honor his memory and spirit. My commitment to others is to turn the grief of his loss into action and provide awareness, funding, help, hope, and better understanding to families affected by bone marrow failure disease.
~ Barbara St. John
Founder Mr. Dave's Gift, Inc.