PRITCHARD, DOMINIC D.H. From the first time Dominic D.H. Pritchard turned his hand to writing as a youngster, he displayed great promise, intellect and inventiveness. One of his early pieces, penned at |
approximately age twelve, described a character protecting himself with a goat statuette - hardly the device one might expect to spring from a child's mind. Dominic, who lost a valiant struggle against post-traumatic stress disorder following a lengthy deployment to Iraq, was born in Central Florida on June 27, 1975, and spent most of his life in this community. His death on September 15, 2008, which shocked and saddened all who knew and loved him, deprived Dominic of his most cherished dream: to write the books he had been formulating and nurturing inside his creative imagination. A brilliant student of the human experience, he found virtually everything fascinating. But he clearly had his favorites, among them history, the military, art and architecture (particularly that of churches). Everywhere Dominic traveled - and he did so extensively, from the Caribbean and Latin America to Europe and the Far East - he absorbed information, ideas and inspiration. As a Marine, a student at Seminole Commun-ity College and the University of Central Florida, a member of the Florida National Guard and a writer, he explored and served his world with insight and thoughtfulness. Where he could lend support - such as by joining the Guard to assist with stateside emergencies or by routinely stepping forward to help physically those with lesser abilities - he readily did. Dominic took particular pride in his published articles, which address topics as divergent as a proposal for an American foreign legion and medical ethics. Indeed, it might provide some comfort to those he left behind to know his viewpoints and thoughts will live on through the Internet. The love Dominic and his family shared was palpable, intensely deep, sweeping and abiding. We, his mother Sibille, his father Peter, his brothers Sebastian and Cameron, his aunt Jackie
Kirton, and a multitude of others are proud to call him son, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend. To pay our collective respects, we will host a memorial service at the Rollins College Knowles Memorial Chapel on Monday, September 22, 2008, at 4PM. We gently advise those who are planning to attend to arrive early as parking may present a challenge. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to the Dominic D.H. Pritchard Scholarship in Creative Writing at Seminole Community
College. Contributions may be sent to the SCC Foundation, 100 Weldon Boulevard, Sanford, FL 32773.
Published in the Orlando Sentinel on Sept. 21, 2008