You are already being missed big time David. May you be at peace wherever you are. Got your recent email and replied, but now you are no longer here. I am so very sad, but honored to have been your friend. Bless your wonderful soul!!! Sending a big warm hug to Nancy.
David was part of the Touchtone Writers group, and part of a group dynamic that continues to reverberate today. We will miss his dry wit and gentle presence.
For me David W. Paul has been such a tower of strength at All Pilgrims Christian Church since I moved into the Seattle area late June 2008. I remember primarily viewing him from the perspective of the choir. He had his usual seat near the front and calmly sat there in a very gracious manner. His eyes would twinkle as he carefully listened to and encouraged whoever was speaking, preaching, singing, or playing instruments.
As I got to know more about David, I was all the more amazed. He was the collaborative writer for Craig Rennebohm's Souls in the Hands of a Tender God. What a very special gift that was for the rest of us. Then, when David started the partnership between the Imam Center in Kirkland and All Pilgrims in Seattle, I began to see in him, a person with whom I could share my journey into interfaith dialog. As I would see interfaith articles in airline magazines and in the Seattle Times or when I would hear something on the radio dealing with interfaith, I would forward the information to David. He would kindly send the information out to the All Pilgrims CC Interfaith Group. What a wonderful person to encounter during my journey to become ordained. He truly was walking in solidarity with me.
My heart hurts for his family and many, many friends at the loss of such a beautiful spirit. And yet I look forward to being with him again one day.
What is truly shocking is that this was so unexpected, since David always said that the men in his family live to a ripe old age. Thinking of David reminds me of this saying: "When I was young, I admired intelligence; when I became older, I valued kindness the most." David was both intelligent and kind. And I send a major tribute to Nancy, who stood by her man so lovingly.
David was a long-time dear friend. We began graduate school together in the fall of 1968 and exchanged notes and Christmas cards regularly over the years. David was smart, talented, and perceptive. Like the rest of you, I miss him.
I was deeply saddened to hear of David's death. I was a friend of David's in Hankinson, North Dakota, and have fond memories of our times together. We lost touch for a while, but I'm happy to say that we re-connected a few years ago. Even though we never did get together like we had planned, we did keep in touch through Christmas cards and the occasional note. It was a privilege to see a glimpse now and then of his brilliant mind and wonderful sense of humor. My sincere sympathies to Nancy as well as his friends and family.
How strange, I was clearing out some letters today and I found one from David written a few years ago and containing some pictures he had taken when my wife and I were last in Seattle. Then, in the mail today a hand written note from Nancy telling us of David's death. It's going to take a long time to fully comprehend this.
I was in grammar and high school with David in Hankinson, North Dakota. We spent hours together playing and discussing organ music. I didn't have a lot of friends that shared that passion.
Even though we went our separate ways after high school, we did stay in touch and would see each other from time to time. I guess a friendship that has remained for over sixty years has some powerful roots.
I am going to miss David, miss his witty notes at Christmas time and his letters that would come out of the blue. Always a surprise.
The sincerest condolences are sent by Mary and me to dear Nancy, whose friendship we have enjoyed for many, many years.
David was a rock -- he gave his all to his endeavors and his friends. We only knew him 3 years --he was one of the first to welcome us to All Pilgrims. His steadfast orchestration of our sharing with the Imam Center is a lasting tribute. Working with Nancy at Community Supper reflected more admiration for them both. We are all wiser and better human beings for having know him.
I really lucked out to get David as my roommate in our first year at Princeton in 1968-9, and to be able to maintain our long friendship after we both moved to Seattle in 1973. We didn't see each other as often as we should have, but I valued the times we did, and I'm going to miss him.
As someone who got to know David from a writers' group, I feel very fortunate that part of our group got together and were able to see David before we received the devastating news. I am very glad that David knew his novel, Fantasy on the Theme B-A-C-H, was going to be published.
David was a dear friend and I will never forget his unique intellect, kindness to my son and his great sense of humor.
RIP... My dear friend
My heart bleeds for you, Nancy. Your loss can not be measured. I went to high school with David and was blown away by his intelligence (probably would not have passed physics without his help). There are many memories of his organ playing talents and sports abilities. And above all, he was a great friend and conversationalist. I can't wait for the book to be published. He so deserved this.
A brilliant man, authentic human being, and a fine writer.
Remembering you in your loss and am so happy he had you with him to comfort him....Lovingly, Carole
David was my best friend and roommate at Carleton College. He was highly respected for his sterling results as an Eastern European History major. I also recall his boisterous play in Intramural basketball and softball.
Another 'Carl', who loved him as I did, was my late wife, Mary Lou (nee) Hoerr Bingham. A favorite story about David is the day he showed his incredulity that Mary Lou willingly gave me her cherry-graham-cracker dessert bars. He deftly disabused her of my ruse, which asserted the bars contained cocoanut, which she did not like.
I had long forgiven David, by the day he served as our Best Man at our 1968 wedding.
David, I miss you and honor all the memories I have of you.
In addition to all else stated above, David was a wonderful brother, always kind, supportive, and non-judgmental. He was at my side in both high and low times in my life and I will miss him.
Justus F. Paul