• Aycock Funeral Home
    Stuart, FL
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David W. Akers 1941 - 2012
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September 28, 2012
David and I shared a room together on the ship going to Vietnam in 1965. That was the only time I had the privilege of sharing time with him. Once we landed in Vietnam, we went our separate ways . I have always remembered that he enjoyed life and had a passion for coins. I always hoped to visit with him later in life but never had the opportunity to do do. Sadly I will never have that chance to talk with him. If you would want to talk to me about my short time with him please call me. 574 583-4862
August 12, 2012
I am so sorry to just hear of Mr. Akers' recent passing. Although I did not know him well personally, he was instrumental in my education in relation to U.S. gold coins which I still specialize in to this day after 30 years as a professional numismatist and dealer. At the very beginning of my career, Richard Nachbar recommended David's series of books on the gold coin series, which were then purchased, and to this day still serves as a valuable reference. Although now dog-eared and bruised, they remain and will always remain on my main reference shelf because of their importance both personally and professionally. I am very grateful for the gift of his knowledge and research. David Akers far exceeded the minimum goal that I believe we should all at least aspire to during our lives, which is to leave this earth a little better than we found it.
August 07, 2012
Dear Heather and Sharron,

We are very saddened to hear of David's passing. I will always remember his kindness to you and to all. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Amanda Gonzalez
July 31, 2012
A great man, with great accomplishments. He was always helpful with his vast knowledge. As a stranger with a request he never hesitated to assist. Great men always live on. Hany Haddad
July 29, 2012
Dear Sharron and Heather,

We were deeply saddened by the news of David's passing. We have lost a wonderful friend. David was a most unique and inspiring person. He was extremely intelligent, had an incredible memory, a quick and engaging wit, and a warm and generous personality. We admired the integrity and ethics which characterized his business and personal reputation. He was the consummate Notre Dame man. While our Notre Dame bond united us in that fraternity of graduates, it was David's personality and persona that took our personal friendship to another level. We enjoyed his company and Bob delighted in his frequent conversations with David about a wide range of topics, but especially about Notre Dame sports. His encyclopedic memory and recall and his undiminished optimism, even when the team went through challenges, made each exchange stimulating.

We admired his strength and determination when dealt physical and illness obstacles that long ago would have wilted almost any man. In addition to excelling as a family man, he served our nation gallantly and at great personal expense in Viet Nam. He was as a teacher and a creative corporate leader, and he has been honored as few others in the coin Industry where his talents are legendary and where he leaves a treasure full of respected work. David was valued by the institutions he represented and by the countless people who had the privilege of working with him. For all, David's passing is a loss. We are among them and we will miss him as a respected and beloved friend.

But our loss pales compared to the unimaginable loss you and Heather have suffered. We know what a wonderful husband and father he was. We know how very much he valued and loved all his family and how he was always ready and willing to do anything he could for others. And we know that the feeling was mutual and that you did everything you could for him.
Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. David has left his friends and especially his family a rich legacy of wonderful memories. In time, we trust these will mitigate the pain of your loss and enrich your celebration of his time with you.
You, David, and all your family are in our thoughts and prayers,
Bob & Jean
July 27, 2012
I am saddened to learn of David's passing. He was instrumental in my success in the numismatic world. On my first day at Paramount International he took me out of the telephone sales training program and assigned me to work with Tom Mulvaney in the publication department. Thanks to David's intervention, I have had more than 35 years of success writing newspaper ads, newsletter articles, press releases, direct mail flyers, product inserts, auction marketing material, executive speeches, internet site copy and ghost-writing articles for the leading firms in our industry. I will add his name to my daily prayers.
Charles Surasky
July 26, 2012
May the God of comfort be with family and friends during this time of distress.
July 23, 2012
Dear Sharron and Heather,

On behalf of Ray and myself, on the passing of Dave, I just wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and remembering some very good times when we were all part of Paramount. Dave was truly an outstanding man.
Ray now lives in Alzheimer care but I know somewhere in his lost memory he would agree with me.

Love to you and your family,
Pat Merena
July 23, 2012
My name is Pat Patrick and like Gene Alfarone knew David from 1st grade on at Beacon Hill through Franklin. His dad was the custodian at the Beacon Hill. Dave was one of the very good guys and a friend to everyone. My condolences to the family.
July 23, 2012
So sorry to hear of David's passing. My father Wayne Smith use to take David and me fishing on opening day at Lake wilderness. We always had a great. Philip Smith
July 23, 2012
A gentle soul and the kindest of human beings. Dave will be truly missed. My thoughts are with my Aunt and Cousin during this tough time. I love you both and am only a call away if you need anything.
July 22, 2012
My name is Gene Alfarone. I lived next store to David in the ninteen forties. We were the same age & played together as kids, and our parents were good friends. Our houses were on 12th Ave. South located on Beacon Hill in Seattle. Once, after his family had moved away, they returned for a visit. I became so excited with the thought of seeing David that I made myself so sick that I ended up in bed. I want to express my condolences...and I also want to say how proud I am of what he went on to do with his life. All I remember of David was that he was fun loving...and the best of friends.
July 21, 2012
Sharron,
Annie and I were very sad to learn of David's passing. I enjoyed all the years we worked together. It was always enlightening and fun at the same time. I will always have fond memories of those days.

Annie and Kevin Gregg
July 21, 2012
I met David 13 years ago as I did maintenance in the building where his office was located.He aways stopped to chat and share a laugh about fishing.When he moved from the office,he gave me his stereo system and one of the most extensive music collections I have ever seen.Just a great guy that I had the pleasure to have known.My condolences to his family
July 20, 2012
Sharon and Heather, I did not know David and I am sorry. My prayers are with you. Things really do get better with time. Judy Williams
July 20, 2012
Dear Sharron and Heather,
So very sorry for your loss.Words cannot ease your heartache at this time, but hopefully in time you will find comfort in the memories of happier times that you shared.
Ellie and Jeff Lafer
July 17, 2012
David was my true hero. He built collections and handled coins I could only dream about. His generosity to share his vast wealth of knowledge was incredible. His passing is not only a great loss to numismatics, but to the rest of the world as he was one nice fellow. His work will live on! My deepest condolences to his family.
July 17, 2012
This is a numismatist whose name collectors will mention in awe a century from now. From my memory his grandest achievements, aside from his books, are the JJ Pittman catalogues & auction and his acquisition/dispensing of the Larry Stack type set.
July 17, 2012
Our deepest sympathy to the Akers family. We will always appreciate the great care and brilliance David exhibited when he auctioned of one of the greatest numismatic collections in history. His kindness and generosity will be greatly missed.
July 17, 2012
I only knew David Akers for a brief amount of time, but I was impressed with his smile, his knowledge, and professionalism. May the Lord Bless him and his family and may His face shine upon David. I will think of David every time I think of Notre Dame or of Vietnam Vets. I will remember him in a very positive way for all he did for people.
July 17, 2012
I have known David Akers for thirty or more years as a professional coin dealer of the highest integrity. Though his numismatic research and writings were among the best in the business he would laugh at many of the compliments he received as he often did not view his own coin writing as of much importance in the scope of things. This modesty was unusual and refreshing. I had the pleasure of working together with David as we settled the collectible portion of our friend Gerry Bauman's estate. During the last several years we would only see each other infrequently at coin shows yet would spend a half hour or so each time we ran into each other talking and laughing. Your military service to our nation will not be forgotten and your friendship was truly appreciated. Rest in peace. Tom Culhane
July 16, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. He will be greatly missed.
July 16, 2012
I knew David as a coin dealer, but I also knew and felt his graciousness and generosity. He was always willing to help other dealers and collectors and gave freely of his time. His books on gold coins are some of the best numismatic references ever written. He made arrangements with us (PCGS) to put all of his information online because he wanted to "share the information with the numismatic community." He was a great numismatist and a great man.
July 16, 2012
David, you will be celebrated as the greatest rather than morned, for you left more behind than any smart dozen others. i was honored being in our "inner circle" at every show and meeting. Never to be forgotten. Namaste. Jay Brahin
July 16, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 15, 2012
My condolences to his family, who I know that he cherished. He was a great numismatist and will be missed by all of us.
July 15, 2012
I had the pleasure and the honor of knowing Dave for over thirty years. Beyond his enormous contributions to numismatics, he was one of the most generous people I have known. I grieve for his family, as do the hundreds in our hobby to whom he himself on a first-hand basis. Rick Sear
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