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Ayars, David Preston

March 26, 1927 - May 29, 2014

David Preston Ayars, age 87, in Venice, Florida, May 29, 2014, from kidney disease as a complication of diabetes. Somewhere there may be one son-of-a-gun who didn't like Dave (likely some Yankees or Jets fan or other person of arguable judgment), but Dave's family has only heard from the many people who loved him. As a child he lived in California, Pennsylvania, and then Ohio. Dave was president of his class at Cleveland Heights High School. In 1945 he enrolled in Harvard University; midterm as a freshman, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Taconic. In mid-1946 he returned to Harvard, graduating with the Class of 1948. In 1949 Dave began his long career with the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. He represented the group insurance department in New York City, Nashville, and Columbus, before transferring to Boston. The family settled in Needham. When he retired in 1987, he was a second vice president of Hancock. He and wife Midge moved to Westport Point, Massachusetts and in 1993 made their primary home in Venice, Florida, still spending nearly every summer in Westport Point. They were members of the Acoaxet and Jacaranda West Country Clubs. Dave's proudest if fleeting moment of golf glory: he hit a hole-in-one in 1995 at Tapatio Springs. Dave viewed his family as his first priority. He is survived by wife and love of his life Midge; son Dave and his wife Barbara and their two children Sarah and Michael; daughter Wendy; son Rick and his fiancée Caryn; son Steve and his wife Gail and their daughter Leah; and son Charles and his wife Amber and their children Connor and Sarah; sister Peggy and her husband John and nieces and nephews; and special cousin Lois. The family requests omitting flowers and instead making a memorial contribution to the (www.kidney.org), Suncoast Humane Society (www.humane.org--source of Dave's beloved cat, Nutmeg), or Tidewell Hospice Center (www.tidewell.org). A memorial service will be planned for fall of 2014 in Venice.

Published in Herald Tribune from June 4 to June 5, 2014
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