David Scott Caventer passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at his home in Sylvania. Scott was 53 years old and died peacefully in his sleep following a hard-fought battle with ALS.
Scott was born September 3rd, 1959 in Youngstown, Ohio to Dorothy Abbott Caventer and David Craig Caventer. He graduated from Canfield High School in 1977.
From a young age, Scott loved cars, music, and the outdoors. Many of Scott's favorite childhood memories revolved around swimming. He, with his sisters Linda and Jackie and their dad, Dave, always won the family swim relays at the Canfield Swim Club. At age 12, Scott held a state record for swimming.
In 1980, he moved to Toledo, Ohio, which he meant to be just a "stop on the way." But once he met his wife Karen Kaczanowski, he never thought of being anywhere else. Scott asked her to marry him after only 6 weeks. He said he would have proposed even earlier, but he wanted to be completely sure she'd say yes. Of course, she did. They were married six months later at Regina Coeli Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio.
Scott made his living in the audio industry, working at Audio Craft from 1985-1994 and at Jamiesons Audio Video from 1994 until his diagnosis. His gregarious and honest personality made him a natural salesman. He was the number 1 Macintosh salesman in the Midwest Territory for 20 years.
His work was more than a job, however. He considered all of his customers friends. He was always getting home late because he had taken extra time to help an elderly customer change the batteries in her remote control, or because he just had gotten caught up in talking to them about their lives and families. After his diagnosis, over 200 friends and customers raised money for Scott's medical needs during "Scott Caventer Day" at Jamiesons Audio Video. The line to talk to Scott wrapped around the entire store.
Although he loved the audio industry, he loved his family more, and talked about them proudly to anyone who would listen. He enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with Karen and the girls. He didn't need to do anything special. Walks with Karen, trips to the Andersons with Kelly, and working around the house with Katie were some of his favorite ways to pass the time.
In 2008, Scott and his family moved to Sylvania, Ohio, which he called "God's Country." He was never happier. His daughters cannot remember a car ride where Scott didn't remark "God, I love your mom," or "God, I'm glad we moved here."
Scott was an extraordinary lover of life and was both mentally and physically strong. His diagnosis of ALS, an untreatable and incurable disease, was an incredible blow. He was determined to fight however, and did so by participating in many research studies at the University of Michigan
. If he could not find a cure for himself, he would help find a cure for others.
Scott is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen; daughters, Kelly (Drew) Wood and Katie; his father David (Lura) Caventer; sisters, Jackie (Gale) Alexander, and Linda (Bill) McMath; nephew Max; niece, Zoe, and parents-in-law, Richard and Barbara Kaczanowski.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Caventer.
Funeral services will begin at 9:00 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2013, in St. Joseph Sylvania Parish where a Memorial Mass will begin at 10:00 a.m.. At Scott's request, a party in celebration of his life will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Nederhauser Community Hall at Olander Park, Sylvania Ohio. Toasts and stories will begin at 6:00 p.m.
Contributions may be made to The University of Michigan Program for Neurology Research and Discovery, 300 North Ingalls #3D16, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Checks should be payable to University of Michigan, or online at www.med.umich.edu/pnrd/Give/index.html
(please specify "for ALS research"), or The ALS Association of Northern Ohio. Arrangements were entrusted to Urbanski Funeral Home 5055 Secor Road (419) 475-5055. Online condolences may be left at urbanskifuneralhome.com
The family would like give a special thanks to Odyssey Hospice, in particular Jason, Jim, Shannon, and Amy for their compassion and their willingness to do things Scott's way.