In Memory

David Gearing

Sadly, Dave Gearing passed away this past Wednesday. As many of you might know, Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his late-20s.  By his mid-40s, the disease had progressed to the point he could no longer work and shortly thereafter became wheelchair bound. Dave faced this devastating illness each day with an amazing positive attitude, determination and unwavering faith.  He enjoyed his family and many friends from our high school, college (Univ of MD) and work (U.S. Treasury Dept.) who in turn did whatever they could to help Dave.  For several years, in Dave's honor, a “Brave Dave” golf tournament was held with thousands of dollars being raised and donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation along with several other foundations.  Dave never missed a high school reunion and always loved connecting with old friends.

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07/15/23 03:54 PM #1    

Allan Will

Dave's humor, friendship and great spirit are and have been a true inspiration. He never complained about the cards he was dealt, but rather lived life every day as full as possible. He was the definition of a true and loving friend. May he rest in peace now.  We will miss him dearly, but if anyone deserves heaven, Dave does. 

07/16/23 11:30 AM #2    

Rick Wilson

I didn't know Dave very well growing up but was able to share a few words at the last class reunion.  I feel proud that I was able to stand beside such a well respected individual during the class reunion photo session.  I know Dave had great difficulties that he faced throughout his life. I also know that Dave will now continue on a journey that will only be filled with excitment and great pleasurable experiences.  

07/16/23 01:22 PM #3    

Pam Daniels (Hobson)

Happy memories of doing high school life with Dave a part of that life.  So thankful I had a few moments to speak to him last fall.

07/16/23 03:40 PM #4    

Marc Rhoads

What an inspiration, David Gearing!  He was always cheerful and so happy to see all of us.  He not only survived the ravages of multiple sclerosis, but I remember him developing kidney cancer around the time of the 40th reunion.  Always happy to see his friends.  I was so pleased to hear about the golf tourney in his honor.  And did he ever have a lot of G-Burg friends!  It seems that everyone knew and loved him.  Whenever we get sick or depressed, think of Dave, who (as I read it) survived almost 50 years with "almost-disabling" MS - with a smile for his friends. 

07/21/23 10:51 AM #5    

Sue Rowland

Dave was a joyful spirit -- always! I can't remember him any other way. His faith is a testament to his fortitude through his illness and other life challenges. I am not sure that I could have survived what he did with such an optimistic outlook. I so enjoyed seeing and talking with him at every reunion. I also want to give a shout-out to Barry and Leanne (sp?) Peoples who were lifelong friends and supporters of Dave.

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