Dear Kathy and all of Dave's family,
When I received an email yesterday with Dave's story, I was so sad for all of you. I had probably not seen Dave since the mid 90's and we had not stayed connected through the years. Dave was such a GREAT guy with a fun loving, playful spirit and BIG heart. The photo of him in the tie is exactly how I remember him.
I met Dave in the early 90's at a workshop in Platteville at the UW. I was a nurse living and working in Dubuque and Dave had just retired from 3M. Dave and I connected on several accounts - we both loved country music and line dancing, we were both very proud of our Irish heritage and we both adored our children and our families. I couldn't believe the many similarities between Dave and my only brother. And, I remember telling Dave how truly blessed he was to have 4 beautiful sisters just like I did! I remember meeting 2 of you and 2 of you boys in PDC in the summer of '92. I apologize but I'm not very good at remembering names any more.
Dave reminded me so much of my own Dad. They both loved everything outdoors - their dogs, their boats, the river, fishing, hunting, golfing, gardening and a cold pint or two! I remember shortly after we met that Dave, his Dad and Dave Jr. all went to Ireland. My first name is Colleen and Dave would always challenge me or anyone else who did not pronounce my name the Irish way! When Dave was in Ireland, he made a cassette tape for me. On the tape, he asked people on the airplane and in the pubs how to say my name correctly! The tape still makes me laugh.
I'm so glad that Dave enjoyed a rich retirement life doing all the things he loved and that he had shared it with a beloved partner. I was also happy to read that Dave had been blessed with many grandchildren and great grandchildren! Dave would laugh to know that out of our first 11 grandchildren the first 10 were girls!!
Thank you, Kathy and Dave, for creating the Caring Bridge web page. It was comforting to know that Dave, Kathy and all of you had Hospice to help you through these past few months. I am so very, very sorry for your loss. There's part of an old Irish blessing that goes - Always remember to forget the things that made you sad but never forget to remember the things that made you glad...
Hugs, Colleen Kathleen Huntington Venter