Age 54, died Friday night August 3, 2012, in a one-car accident in West Marlborough township.
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David was born and raised in Montchanin, DE and graduated from Alexis I. DuPont High School in 1976. From an early age, he felt a tremendous affinity for nature and devoted himself to a wide range of environmental causes. He helped to develop the original Delaware Nature Center (now Brandywine Creek State Park) and was active in the Brandywine Valley Association, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Nature Conservancy, and several other advocacy groups for environmental and social causes.
Dave had a magical ability to inspire love and understanding of nature. By living and sharing his passion and knowledge, he helped us step outside of daily routines and celebrate the beauty around us. Described by many as a real life Lorax, Dave had a passion not only for trees, but for all things wild including - to the joy of many a young person - frogs and bugs. He became a skilled arborist at Winterthur Museum and Gardens and then ran his own tree business until health problems forced him from the tree tops. David was unyielding in his dedication to community and his vision for humanity, a vision of selflessness and love.
Survivors include his mother, Jan MacLeod of Jenners Pond, PA; three brothers, Jamie (Kathy) of Lexington KY, Alex of Seattle WA, Ken (Meera) of Columbia MO, and his sister, Jenny (Sandy) Brook of Evergreen CO. "Uncle Dadie" was especially close to, and will be dearly missed by, his five nieces and nephews, Erin (KY), Riley and Conner (CO), Kiren and Kaya (MO).
A Remembrance Gathering for David will be held at the Friends Meeting on 153 East Harmony Road (next to Old Baltimore Pike) in West Grove, PA on Saturday, August 11 at 5 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis MD 21403, another environmental group, or through a personal 'pay it forward' effort of kindness.
Published in The News Journal on Aug. 9, 2012