David R. Berry, age 63, of Alpharetta, GA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 21, 2017, surrounded by his wife and children. A gathering for friends and family will be from 4:00 -7:30 pm at Southcare Funeral Society on Wednesday, October 25, with a eulogy service at 7:30 pm. This will be followed by a Celebration of Life Mass at 1:30 pm on Thursday, October 26th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.
Dave was a man of many talents who honored God, loved his family, and greatly respected his country. His joy for life and infectious laugh will be cherished forever by those who loved him, especially Nancy, his wife of 39 years, and their children. Dave is survived by his devoted parents, brother, several sisters/brothers-in-laws, and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Dave grew up in Massachusetts and Long Island – where he developed a lifelong passion for history and sailing. A graduate of the University of Dayton, Dave leveraged his communication skills in marketing and real estate before turning his talents to home remodeling - running his own business for twenty years. Outside his work career, his personal passion was forensic historical research – specializing in World War II and the 82nd Airborne Division. Dave was a featured contributor to over twenty books on World War II, and wrote for and appeared in several History Channel documentaries. The family offers special thanks to all the veterans (past and present) and their families who bestowed the honor of friendship on Dave.
Dave lived his life with passion and happiness, and he will be greatly missed. Until we meet again, we wish you fair winds and following seas.
Published in Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 24, 2017.