Every time I think of you, Big Daddy, it makes me smile. We had great times at Penn State together, and at Nittany Geoscience and beyond. You are missed, but never gone. God's speed, my dear friend. Heaven is a happier place to have you back.
Damn, I though of Dave today because my daughter just announced her engagement to a.... Geologist! So I Googled him and found out he passed on my birthday last year. Mr. & Mrs. D, condolences. I'll remember fondly those days growing up around the corner from y'all in Fairfax. (Although Dave & me got into our share of trouble - and he got the short end of the stick.)
David, I try to honor your request that we should commit an unexpected act of kindness every day. I often fail, but when I succeed, I think of you and smile. Thank you. We miss you.
In Memoriam David M. Diodato, Ph.D.07/25/1959 - 03/14/2013 During this past year we remember your courage and grace handling A.L.S. We also remember your love of nature and your devotion to your extra-ordinary friends and colleagues and their never ending support for you. Your love, interest in and concern for Claire, Molly and Nicholas warms our hearts. Your flame burns brightly and you are not forgotten. Love,The Diodatos & The Conlins
From the Cunningham family, Marguerite and Dan.
Dots, just saw this now. My heart is broken, sadly no debauchery will ensue, especially without my college geo bud. RIP, you were the best.
I learned a lot from you about how to be a better human being, not to mention the importance of hydrology and good beer. Those of us who had the great luck to work with you know that you made a real, positive difference in the quality of that work. You taught us ALL a lot about why it is important to do the things that are right, not just the things that are easy. Thank you for being my friend. I will not forget you.
I think of Dave often. Missing his engaging, always positive spirit.
We crossed paths in so many ways -- Penn State, USGS, GSA Hydrogeology Division, running -- that I felt like I had always known you. In you I had a supportive friend and colleague. I admired your thoughtful engagement in technical issues as well as your generously expressed sense of humor. We lost you all too soon. Fondly,
You will always be larger than life. I have great, although sometimes foggy, memories of you at Penn State.
Just learned of Dave's death a few days ago. My PSU grad student time overlapped with Dave's, and years ago I would see him quite often. Sometimes our discussions would solve all the world's problems in one night. In his later years, with the disease, I was comforted to know that some of his State College friends visited him frequently in DC. He was one heck of a guy and I will miss him.
Our sympathy and best thoughts to Dave's family and friends. We enjoyed our visits with Dave in Denver. I recall a hiking trip to Va with Dave after a hard night in DC; he brought wine instead of water. To a fine geologist and feloow UD grad.
I shared a residence with Dave for several years during his Penn State years. I thought I knew him well, but only later came to appreciate that among his qualities there was an admirable reservoir of dignity and grace.
Dave, We had some great times together at Penn State and various professional meetings. I still fondly remember the night we spent at that biker bar in downtown Washington. What a riot.
Dave was a great friend. I first met Dave when he was a post doc at the USGS in the late 90's and I soon exploited his talents by having him write the Software Review column for the journal Ground Water for which I was Editor-in-Chief. We developed a Big Ten rivalry by betting one dollar on the Penn State/Michigan State football game each year (I lost more than I won). I will miss Dave not only for his hydrological insight but his great sense of humor and ease in which he engaged in conversation.
Dear Diodato family,
I also just found out today of David's death. I was another high school friend. I held him in high regard and boy we used to laugh! I lost touch when I left for college and as usual my new life ate up time. I though of Dave often. I will indeed honor his memory with an act of kindness. It's a lovely thing. My sincere condolences.
A classmate long ago..may you rest in peace. My thoughts are with the family and friends.
Dear Diodato Family (And the departed Dave):
I just learned today of Dave's passing. I'm deeply saddened. I don't know if you remember me but I spent many a day playing (bad) music with Dave during the BHS days with Kris, Rob, Brian, Crystal, and others. Dave and I grew apart over the years but I never forgot him. He was a great friend and we had some exceptional experiences together. I'll remember him in my prayers and continue to speak highly of him. Hope your grief is tempered by the knowledge that he was a truly unforgetable person who impacted my life in so many positive ways. Dave: RIP.
Dolt, you will live forever.
Dave, Growing up with you was a lot of fun. Growing old with you would have been much more fun. I'm sorry we lost touch. I'll miss you brother.
Pat, Sally, Mary and Rich; may peace be with you always.
Mae and Miranda and I (Jocelyn) will forever do "The Dolphin" at Bethany Beach and think if you every time.
Dear Sally and Pat, My prayers go out to you. I didn't know your son but I do remember you.
Lorraine Bandiera Wasik
Dave - I always enjoyed laughing with you, and discussing the world, life, and other weighty matters. I will always remember your friendship.
I very much enjoyed your company, Dave, both in graduate school at Penn State and here at the USGS. I will never forget the sound of your laugh next door with Chris Neuzil.
David, I did not know you. Your life story shared here is inspiring and I wish I had known you. I am a proud member of the University of Delaware community and I am a fellow Penn State graduate and those things alone would make me like you. But reading of all your other adventures tells me that you lived life to the fullest and squeezed out as much fun and fulfillment as you could. May we all live such a life - and inspire others as you have done with your life. RIP my PSU brother. Tell JoePa I said hi and that we miss him. We will miss you too! Love and prayers to your family and friends.
Aunt Sally and Uncle Pat...I have no words to share, but know that I am sending love. I know we have drifted apart but family is always family. All of you are in my prayers.
Dave, You were a good friend to me a long time ago. I remember going to some Godawful Jimi Hendrix movie at the State Theater and smoking Newports in the balcony, We had an "interesting" start. You lived life with both feet in it
I met Dave during the "truancy" period and was pleased to see him shine after we both grew up. I am glad to hear his suffering is ended. But the world is darker without his light.
Dave, Somehow, somewhere, in some other plane of existence perhaps... You and I will sit for half the night or more on a porch or beach somewhere. We will sip really good whiskey and talk about life and the world and stuff. Thanks for being my fried. Love, lonls
Oh, Dave, although we haven't spoken in years, I will always speak to and of you in the present tense because your laughter will always remain as alive in my memory as when I last heard it. Peace and blessings to your family and friends. Glenda Benner Barry, PSU
Mary and family...i was so sorry to hear that your brother passed away. my sister Patrice told me. Reading his lovely obituary, I felt I really knew him. What a wonderful man he was. Sure sounds like he loved his family and friends. My prayers are with you all. Please give my love to your mom and dad. Very special people you all are! Mary (Wilchek) Kilcoin
Mary, Dan, Molly and Claire, We are so sorry that your Brother/Uncle departed this life to soon, but may his loving memory bring you peace, comfort and strength. You are all in our prayers.
Dave is missed by so many friends. I am lucky to count myself among them.
I echo Steve Hoffman's comments. I did not know Dave, but feel that I did after reading his humorous, meaningful and inspiring obituary. I extend sincere condolences to his family and friends on your great loss.
Sally & Pat,
David was blessed with such a wonderful family that surely gave him the strength to live his life to the fullest--even though cut short. May you find comfort in the caring and love you gave him over his lifetime.
Love, Jack and Joyce
David, I did not know you. But I sure as heck like you in retrospect. Condolences to all David's family and friends.
Sally and Pat; David had a beautiful life, unfortunately so short. I offer you and your family my heartfelt condolences.