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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.
MEMORIAL EVENTS
OCT
25
Memorial Gathering
04:00 - 07:30 PM
OCT
26
Celebration of Life
01:30 PM
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October 17, 2020
Gone too soon, never forgotten. We wanted to know Dave for much longer, but found a treasure trove of friendship in the times we did have. A fellow University of Dayton alum, Dayton and Atlanta neighbor, congenial and fun dinner companion at iconic places (Dante’s Down The Hatch, Canoe, and more).
We mentioned your memory, Dave, with new friends and old, just last month (Sept. 2020) at The Dock in Enon, OH, and always hold a toast up for you in our hearts when we are there. Our love to Nancy and family. Fondly, Jody & John
The Ackermanns
Friend
March 31, 2018
DB and I were roommates at UD when we lived with 4 other guys at 58 Frank Street. One of those guys noticed his death notice. Lost track of him after his wedding. Sorry and happy to learn of those he left behind. I've a lot of great memories of DB, The Ruptured Duck, and many adventures. So sorry for your loss.
Fred Avolio
Friend
December 2, 2017
We were so sorry to hear of Dave's passing in October. We will never forget Dave and all the research that he have don for many families. Cherish all the great memories. With sympathy.
Karel, Chris, Karis and Nienke Nietvelt-Nuyts
Friend
November 30, 2017
Karel, Chris, Karis and Nienke Nietvelt-Nuyts
November 28, 2017
Dave was so helpful with his research into my father's death and burial location in Retie, Belgium. He put us in touch with families in Belgium and his passion for facts from WWII just put all the pieces together. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Harry and Suzy Anderle
November 28, 2017
The memory of Dave will be with me and my family forever....I'll never forget his personal interest and help he bestowed upon us in researching my Pathfinder pilot uncle Gene Shauvin's mysterious crash and disappearance.....all of the wonderful people he brought into our lives with his tireless research.
Dave was an amazing man and I'm so honored and humbled to have been able to know him and call him friend.
Rick Shauvin
November 27, 2017
Thanks to Dave's passion and genius at research, my family got answers to questions we had wondered about since my father's plane was shot down over Belgium in 1944. Dave touched the lives of so many families connected with that flight, both here and in Retie, Belgium. We are eternally grateful.
Linda Chauvin
Friend
November 26, 2017
Dave was an officer and gentleman first class. He did so much for our family that we could never ever repay. It was an honor to have known him.




Ken Shauvin
Friend
October 26, 2017
Lynn, Kevin ,Kelsea and Thomas I am very sorry for your loss. May the lord put comfort in your hearts.

With Love, Sherry & Woody
SHERRY JEAN-LOUIS
October 25, 2017
My sincere condolences are with your family in this time of sorrow. May God comfort your family and give you strength during this difficult Time. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) JES ATL
October 25, 2017
My sincere prayers to Nancy and family...I hoped to have seen Dave on my trip to NC fri on my return to FL monday...but we had not talked for a few mo's...He inspired me everytime we talked with WWII history and veterans stories he knew.He told me about my fathers interview as pathfinder..I always looked forward to our talks...I will miss that...my sincere condolences to all that crossed his path...he was a kind and strong man...
Dion Murphy
Acquaintance
October 25, 2017
Nancy, John and Allison - God Bless. wishing you peace as you celebrate Daves life. May your precious memories be a source of strength. Prayers coming your way.
Lisa Gossett
October 25, 2017
Dave was the most interesting neighbor. We watched him construct a boat in the yard, sell a Jeep, borrow and lend tools, treat our teenager with respect, laugh infectiously, and enhance our Beavercreek area. Our very deepest sympathies to you, Nancy, John and Allison.
Judy Eckhart
October 24, 2017
My deepest sympathies for you're family in this time. He was a great man with a big heart and a big smile. My prayers go out to you all. I didn't know him for as long as most, but he always made me feel like a close friend when we spoke. His compassion and great personality will be missed.
Alex Nelson
October 24, 2017
Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Dave will surely be missed by us all. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love, Hilda, Kevin, Talia and Jean
Hilda Fourie
October 24, 2017
Deepest sympathy to family and friends during this difficult time. May the God of comfort and peace continue to be with you. Hosea 13:14
October 24, 2017
We miss you already, Dave, and remember you fondly as you and Nancy initiated dining across the region with us and friends as we sampled the great offerings throughout the area. Your humor and broad knowledge enlivened our gatherings. We will raise a toast to you every time we visit the special places we were lucky enough to share with you and Nancy.

Our condolences to Nancy and the entire family.

...home is the sailor, home from the sea....
The Ackermanns
October 24, 2017
Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. May the God of all comfort make your hearts firm at this difficult time. Find comfort in the words found at 2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17
E G
October 24, 2017
Nancy, I have no words to describe the sadness I feel. Dave was one of my oldest friends, we shared so many laughs and stories doing airshows - Ironically I won't be able to attend the service on Wednesday, because I'm working on a Television Production in California - A career Dave got me my first break in. As I told him many times, I owe him EVERYTHING.
Rosann & I are planning on relocating to the Atlanta area (for Film jobs) next Spring, I would love to stop by again and see you.
God will bless my friend Dave, he was a kind selfless man, always helping others and giving more than he took.
He was an original.
Hugh Daly
October 24, 2017
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
October 24, 2017
My sincere condolences are with your family in this time of sorrow. May God comfort your family and give you strength during this difficult Time. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17) JES ATL
October 24, 2017
My deepest sympathy to the Berry family for your loss. May you find strength and peace in the God of all comfort at this difficult time.
October 24, 2017
My sincere condolences are with your family in this time of deep sorrow. May God comfort your hearts and give you strength during the difficult days ahead. (2 Thessalonians 2:16,17)
Whiting
Atlanta, GA
October 23, 2017
Prayers and love to Nancy, John and Hali, Allison and Ronny - Dave was a great man and he and Nancy became part of our big Higgins family. We will miss him. Darlene and Wes Mitchell
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