David - I'm sorry to hear of your father's loss. I'm a classmate from Pioneer High school, searching fellow alumni to get contact information for our 30th high school reunion. You can contact me if you are interested. Apologies for using this means to reach you.
Dear David and John, I was surprised when the Christmas Card I sent to your dad came back. I suspected that he might have passed from this life, but I hopefully thought he was drawn to live closer to one of you. With the hub-bub of Christmas, I didn't make myself go on line to see if I could find any news of David.
I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. I was a very good friend of you mother's from Oakdale, California. I have met both of you years ago so you will probably not remember me . But I did want you to know that I am truly sorry to hear about your dad. My prayers are with you. Much love, Sally Hoffman Knutson
John & I were sad to hear about your father's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ann & John Schummers
Dave was a true gem and never stopped giving...He was always so positive and looked for the best in all of us. And most importantly, he took great care of his teeth!
Fondly remembering his visits,
Karen and Gloria Kerry
Even though I lost direct touch with Dave and Gina and the boys over the years, I am profoundly saddened by his death. I always thought we would somehow meet again and share those many happy memories from when we were all young and gay. Dave, you will be missed! My regards to your beloved boys, still 11-month-apart best buddies, in my photographs and in my brain. Of all of your achievements, surely you would reckon them your finest.
Dr. David was a rare messenger. His perfection was a light to everyone's perfection. I am thankful for his energy and will miss our brief encounters. I feel blessed for he's woven into my family blanket.
Hugs to John and David and Kassy.
I was fortunate as a young teacher to work with Dave during his years as principal at Thurston. He was so generous with his encouragement and set a wonderful tone for the whole school. After 40 years in the classroom and several years of retirement, I still remember that time with great fondness. My condolences to all his family.
David and Kassy was so sorry to hear the sad news. I only spent a small amount of time with your dad but his kindness and warmth shone thorugh instantly. He was a lovely man and a plasure to know.
Dr. Aberdeen, who was my principal when I attended Burns Park School in the 1970s, directly helped me as late as my senior year in high school in 1985-86. When I was a senior in high school, at Ann Arbor Pioneer, I brought a beer to school and it was discovered by school administrators in a room I studied in. My class administrator, Mr. Holloway, asked me whether it was mine, and I said yes. A few days later, Mr. Holloway told me to report to my elementary school principal, Dr. David Aberdeen at Burns Park School, who would decide my fate. I reported to Aberdeen's office. (I hoped that Aberdeen didn't recall having to meet with me on more than one occasion during my sixth grade!) Aberdeen seemed genuinely pleased to see me, despite the circumstances. He said that my consequence was to see Mrs. Mauerdeff on the first floor, that she could use my help, and that I should help her one day a week for six weeks. I reported to Mrs. Mauerdeff, who greeted me warmly. She introduced me to a cute little guy, a Nigerian boy, who had difficulty with English. My consequence, my assignment, my privilege, was to spend an hour with this boy each week in an adjacent room talking over some lesson that enabled us to converse.
Today I’m a university teacher. Dr. Aberdeen treated me with rehabilitative rather than punitive intent, and I was the better for it (and hopefully that sweet boy got something out of it too). If adolescents "busted" in schools elsewhere, especially those from socioeconomically difficult circumstances, were treated as I was by Dr. Aberdeen, Mr. Holloway, and Mrs. Mauerdeff, perhaps our nation’s jails and homeless shelters would be a little less crowded.
Thank you Dr. Aberdeen!
Dave Aberdeen helped our daughter's fifth grade class at Burns Park prepare for her return to school during chemotherapy. He pointed out that the kids loved him even though he was bald and that they'd love Deborah with hair or without. He was so kind and wise and helped our family during a very difficult time. We have always been grateful to him.
I have known David and his Mom since his early days in Pinckney. He was so much fun to be around even in those days. Our paths crossed again when we both taught in Ann Arbor (he was a principal by then). We became aquainted again as board members of the Pinckney Community Schools Alumni Association. He will be greatly missed by that board and by his family and friends. He was one of those "terrific fellows"!
Mr. Aberdeen was my principal at Thurston Elementary School. I remember how kind he was and have come to know how much he meant to so many people; both his former students and the administrators who he mentored throughout the district. My condolences to his son's, family and friends.
Dear Aberdeen Family - My sincere condolences to you. David was an integral member of the Pinckney Community Schools Alumni Association. Everyone enjoyed his dedication and sense of humor. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with him. David was a friend and I will miss him.
Such a great loss. As a fellow Mott Intern he will always be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his professional attitude, and his kindness toward others. He will be missed. (Jack Bruce, Bois Blanc Isle, Mi)
Such a great loss. As a fellow Mott Intern, I will always remember David for his witty sense of humor, his high professional standards, and his kindness toward others. He will be missed.
His life was well-lived! His contributions in service to the community through the field of education will be greatly missed.
My sincere condolences to the Aberdeen family. Dave will always be remembered as a true advocate for all students and a friend to his colleagues.
Hayward and Janice Richardson
What a loss. David was a dear friend who was most helpful when we were in Ann Arbor. He will be sorely missed yet remembered as a wonderful human being. Loved him and his wife. Condolences to the family.
Christella and Charles Moody
What a beautiful obituary for such an amazing person and such a dear friend to me. Even though I grew up with the song "Sunday Will Never Be the Same" which seems appropriate for me to sing right now, I am blanking on the artist (The Seekers, maybe?), David could name the group easily, I'm sure. As well as I got to know him, I learned even more reading this this bio.
I felt lucky from the beginning that Dr. Aberdeen was principal at Burns Park when my children were there. I don't think I've had or known a principal since then who was better.
My heartfelt condolences to John and David.
As a new administrator, Dave assisted me with a difficult situation in his role as Quad A executive director. He helped with wisdom and humor, and I have never forgotten his kindness. He was a good and decent man. May his memory be a blessing.
Dave Aberdeen hired me as a young U of M graduate to teach second grade at Thurston School in 1969. It did not take long for me to realize how blessed I was to be working for such a wonderful administrator and advocate for providing the best for each and every child. I was inspired and supported to love being an educator, to dig deep to find ways to challenge and encourage young minds.
My own children and now, my grand children, benefit from my experience with Dave Aberdeen.
What a wonderful man, wonderful friend, and what a legacy he leaves all of us.