Today marks a year since I lost my best friend David. Peace to Nyla and Austin.
David was my close friend from ninth grade through our first year of college at VCU. I am so sorry to hear that he has passed away. He was my best friend for many years, and although we lost touch over the years, he will always have a place in my heart. He was a such a kind, thoughtful person, truly a special person. He is gone too soon.
Very sorry for your loss Nyla. I am not sure you remember me but I worked at NPRDC as a student back in the late 80s. David was such a great mentor to me! I so enjoyed looking at the slide show and seeing pictures of the two of you and your boys. He was such a wonderful person!
Dear Nyla and Austin and family, We just looked at the beautiful slideshow you posted, of scenes from David's life. He looked so proud, so happy, so engaged. To love and to be loved like David is, that is a gift that will keep giving over time. We are praying for you. Nancy and Dan Sheran and family
To the Alderton Family sorry for your loss may you find strength from God during this time of sorrow it was a pleasure I got to know him.He will truly be miss
I'll always remember the dapper guy in a suit, ironed shirt, and suspenders at NPRDC in the mid-1980s. From the start, his professionalism set him apart from the crowd at work. Looking back at almost 30 years of memories, Deb and I see that what really made David stand out: a genuine smile, the care that he showed for everyone, and a wide knowledge base that came from his love of reading.
Nyla and Austin, may you find solace in your memories of the rich and full life that David lived as a husband and father. His contributions at NPRST also leave a lasting legacy. It was an honor and privilege to work for David at NPRST.
Nyla Jane and Austin -
I am so sorry for your loss. Nyla - when I think of David's kind heart my faith in humanity is renewed. He was a true friend and I will always treasure our friendship.
He was also an exceptional colleague - he and I were grad students in Jim Pellegrino's lab in the early 80s and he was so generous with his vast knowledge about cognitive psychology and statistics. And it was my honor to renew our professional interactions and friendship when I moved to the South and he was at NPRST. In many ways having David supporting my career again was like coming home.
I will just always treasure knowing David, and be thankful for his generosity and expertise. It was my honor to call him a friend and a colleague.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family -
My heartfelt sympathies go out to you and your son. Our Lord and Savior assures us that we are here only for a short time but will be reunited with all who have trusted in Him and have gone on before. My prayers are with you , Stuart Hockensmith
For almost 14 years, I was so very fortunate to have worked with and learned from David. He truly, truly cared about improving our Navy and the lives of our Sailors and their families. He was the utmost professional. I will forever be grateful for the lessons that David taught me through being part of my career. David, may you rest in peace. Nyla and Austin, you will continue to be in my prayers.
To the Alderton Family...my heart and prayers go out to you all on the passing of David. I got to know David and work with him across the years on a number of Navy personnel issues while serving at the Navy Annex. His concern for the Navy and his depth of knowledge and expertise were second to none. While no words will make the sadness go away, here's hoping that our fondness and respect for David reinforce your knowing that you all were fortunate to have such a kind, sincere and genuine man in your lives. May God bless you all and bring you peace in this sad time. Sincerely, Mark Lamboni, Capt, USN (Ret)
To the Alderton family, David was an inspiration to me, he believed in my work abilities, encouraging me to apply for job that I am in. During difficult times I could talk with him, and bring a smile to face as he searched for his coffee cup that I had hidden because he left it on the receptionst counter where I sat. I shall miss his 8:00 am walk around the outside of the building with a brief or email that he would be reading. I shall draw on the great times i have been blessed to have by being an employee of David. Love and prayers I send to the family.
Nyla and Austin;
Heavy hearts abound at the loss of David. He was always smiling and giving of his time to whomever needed it. Baseball growing up with the boys playing together will forever be wonderful memories. Especially the year you were their coach. Great times. May God spread his glory and peace over you both and your families as you make it through this very, very difficult time.
We may be apart in stature but not in heart. Peace be with you all.
Clint Pat Cody and Casey Bell
Nyla and Austin, We are so fortunate to have known David - and there are so many. We learned so much from him as colleagues and friends. David truly was gifted and always patient in giving of his time and knowledge - we are better people for having known him. We will keep your family in our prayers.
I'm truly sorry to hear about David. It was a real pleasure to work with him, swap stories, and workout with him in that funky little weight room at UCSB. As I recall the time we all spent in Santa Barbara, I just can't imagine it without you and David. He was always so kind and genuine, a super nice guy.
Dear Nyla and Austin,
I was very sad to hear that David is no longer with us, and I am so sorry for your loss. David was a rare and wonderful guy who always greeted you warmly, had nothing but kind words to say about anyone and everyone, and at the same time he had a great understandng of people, and was a lot of fun. I will really miss him.
I knew David through his work at NPRST. He was always friendly, always very thoughtful in his actions, and just a generally brilliant kind of guy. The Navy will miss his contributions.
My thoughts and prayers are with you & the family. David will be truly be missed.
To the Alderton Family....my heart goes out to the family at this time of loss...I will keep you all in prayer so that you have peace in your hearts and souls.
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. David was a wonderful kind man. We were talking about all the stories Ronnie & David could share over all the years of coaching together. Great memories of great times. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and Austin!
We are so sorry to learn of David's death. He was a wonderful friend and graduate student colleague. We learned and laughed and grew together. We will always cherish our friendship with such a gentle and wise person.
Nyla and Austin -- David was a very special person and Susan and I are so sorry for your loss -- we know how difficult this must be. We will always remember him as the sweet, generous, and dedicated person he was. It was a pleasure to have him as a student and colleague and we treasure the memories of our times together in Santa Barbara in the early 80's. -- Fondly, Jim Pellegrino & Susan Goldman
Dear Nyla--I'm heartbroken for your great loss, but will treasure memories of David (especially from crazy grad school days) forever. Love, val
Nyla and Austin
I am so sorry for your loss - my heart goes out to both of you.
David was a generous colleague and a true friend. It was my honor to know him these many years. My heart goes out to both of you -
Nyla and Austin; it was a pleasure to know David during the old basketball days under Coach Skip. He was a wonderful dad.......... Peace and God's love to you both. Lisa and Chris Browne
David will always hold a special place in my heart. He was a great college roommate and subsequent brother-in law. A man who inspired others by example. May peace and blessings be with him always.
Nyla and Austin,
We are so sorry about the loss of David. He was always so happy - we loved living next door to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your extended family.
Dan, Kathy, Danielle, and Amanda Drews
David was a wonderful colleague and friend. I was extremely fortunate to benefit from his expertise and guidance during our work with the CRWG on the repeal of DADT. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with the Alderton family.
I was so privileged to work with David at NPRST. He was an intelligent, supportive leader who possessed a wonderful sense of humor. David inspired us all to create a better Navy, his leadership and outstanding work will shape the Navy for decades to come. Our sincere condolences and prayers are with his family during this challenging time.
Nyla and Austin; Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I will remember David for his deep passion for making the Navy a better place. He challenged many across our organization to look into the "why not's" instead of the "why's". He made me realize the status quo was a starting point-not an ending one. God grant you serenity. You will be missed more than you could ever know.
I knew David for almost 30 years. He was my big brother, mentor, colleague, boss, and most importantly, my best friend. May God rest his soul. Peace to Nyla, Austin and his entire family.
CAPT Rick Smith (ret), Pers-9 and Booz Allen
I worked with David for several years. He was one of the smartest and wisest men I have ever known. A true professional in every sense.
Since 2006, David was of immense professional support to me and Zach Hambrick in ensuring that we were knowledgeable about the Navy as a broad enterprise so we could see first-hand how our research was relevant. At the same time, David was a consummate scholar, always willing to take the time to give our research a close read and provide useful insights. David was a terrific role model in these respects -- I learned a lot from him, and I'll miss him.
I am so sorry to learn of David's death. I was privileged to work with David on several teams and projects. I very much appreciated his advice and counsel, his wisdom, and above all his passion for Sailors and the Navy. Praying for you in this difficult time.
David was my long-term colleague, leader, and advisor. I have always appreciated his wisdom and kindness.
I wish the Alderton family the strength only God can provide.
Rodney Myers & family