David Sellai
1964 - 2020
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David Thomas Sellai
July 10, 1964 - September 17, 2020
David T. Sellai passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on September 17, 2020 at the age of 56.
David was born in San Francisco, California on July 10, 1964 to John and Margaret Sellai. He attended Star of the Sea Grammar School, Archbishop Riordan High School, George Washington High School, Lane Community College, and Portland State University. In his youth, he was an outstanding athlete who excelled at any sport he played. David's coaches and teammates often marveled at his natural athleticism and incredible speed. As a teenager, he discovered music and over the years became an extremely versatile musician and excellent guitarist. His fellow musicians often commented on how they were inspired by his talent and humility. David spent over 30 years working alongside his parents at their flower shop delivering countless bouquets and floral arrangements throughout the Bay Area.
David was preceded in death by his father, John Sellai, and is survived by his mother, Margaret Sellai, siblings J. Brent Sellai (Stephanie), Christine Sellai (Joe Kaniewski), Mark Sellai, and Michael Sellai (Elyse); along with 11 nieces and nephews who adored their Uncle Dave.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Sellai Family will be holding a private family memorial service. Donations may be made in David's memory to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of San Francisco https://www.namisf.org




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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sep. 23 to Sep. 27, 2020.
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September 29, 2020
I met Dave right out of high school. We started a band together. He was a sweet and gentle man and an incredibly talented guitar player. I’ll never forget going down to the basement in his folks house and listening to, and learning from, his amazing collection of blues records. He was only 17, had the soul of a 50 y.o. Delta blues man. I regret not keeping more in touch with him through the years. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Lucie Faulknor
Friend
September 26, 2020
David's quiet, courteous and professional mannerism will be missed by many people at the park. I met David 2 years ago when walking my dog Oscar and since noticed him on the street around the place where I live. Oscar and I will certainly miss him. Rest in Peace David.
Erich Graber
Friend
September 26, 2020
I'm going to miss you David and I already do my friend.
Robert Grant
Friend
September 25, 2020
David was full of life and I will always remember him dancing at our cousin Marie's wedding and kicking up the dust. He had a good time and lots of fun. We will miss you, but he and dad can watch over the family together ❤
JUDY CHRZANOWSKI
Family
September 25, 2020
David was a great friend and a wonderful spirit. He never had an unkind word for anybody and will be missed very much. For sure if anybody is with God it is him. Thank you my friend.
Vincent Craig
Friend
September 25, 2020
I met Dave sometime in the early 80's...we were both guitar players. We played a lot, just us, and jammed with friends (I still have some tapes) and I learned a lot from him. Dave was unfailingly humble about his talent, and I can honestly say that in all my years as a musician I have not run into or played with anybody who was that talented.

One little musical memory that I've never forgotten...Dave had taken a tape recorder down to Baker Beach and recorded the foghorn. We sat down and figured out the tones of the foghorn. We set up my recording gear in the dining room of the house and proceeded to improvise over the foghorn. That still makes me smile.

My deepest condolences to Dave's mother, brothers and sister and the rest of the family.

Tom McCarthy
Friend
September 23, 2020
I spent a lot of time playing guitar with Dave. He opened my ears to the blues and song structure, and he helped me grow as a musician and a person. Our entire family grieves with yours and shares many fond memories of Dave’s music and spirit.
Eric Balmy
Friend
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