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Girves Dave Girves was born in Akron on June 22, 1943, and died in his home on January 16, 2015 surrounded by loving family. He is survived by his wife, Sherry; his children and their spouses, Catherine Girves and Jeff Gove, Michelle Girves, John and Nicole Girves; his grandchildren, Alex, Maya, Ryan, Logan, Bryce, and Bailey; his siblings and in-laws, Ken and Suzanne, Gayle, Jean, Jim and Ed Paul, Patricia and Charlie Jackson, and Pam and Ron Alexander. Dave married Sherry in 1963 and graduated from Cornell University in 1964. From 1965-1996 Dave operated the Jai Lai Restaurant; he was active in both the Central Ohio Restaurant Association and the Ohio Restaurant Association for many years. Thereafter he worked for Wendy's then Meijer. In 2008, Dave became inspired by Senator Barrack Obama and became politically active for the first time in his life, volunteering 40-50 hours per week to support the election of the President. Following the 2008 election, Dave continued to volunteer tirelessly to support President Obama's agenda until just a few weeks before his death. Dave worked to support universal healthcare, the protection of workers, marriage equality, immigration reform, environmental protection and clean energy, sensible gun control, public education, and full access for women's reproductive health. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1st at he Ohio Democratic Party Headquarters, 340 East Fulton St., where family will receive friends from 1-4 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.OhioCremation.org.

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Jan. 24 to Jan. 26, 2015.
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March 24, 2015
Rest in peace Dave you'll be soul ly missed! !
Melissa Perley
March 24, 2015
May you rest in peace Dave you'll be soul y missed! !
Melissa Perley
March 6, 2015
I am so sorry to have just learned of Dave's passing. I am not surprised by everything he did/accomplished later in life. I have such fond memories of working for him while at the Jai-Lai. He was so compassionate and generous then, it's no wonder he carried those qualities into his political activism. Heaven has certainly gained an angel. Thoughts and prayers to you, Sherrie & family.
Kathleen Schlueb Garber
February 1, 2015
Dave was great inspiration to support at OSU in 2008 during the Obama campaign. We'll miss you Dave.
Dan McKay
February 1, 2015
How we will miss this wonderful, kind person, Dave; always helping someone, kind, thoughtful and a true Democrat.Thank you Girves family for everything you did and do.
Elaine DiSalvo
February 1, 2015
Our condolences go out to you. Dave's presence will be sorely missed. He was a quiet leader, a kind man and a good friend.
Mary Woods
February 1, 2015
Dave touched so many lives. It was an honor to have met him in 2008 through the Barack Obama campaign. He was an inspiration to so many, his energy was amazing. So sorry for your loss.
February 1, 2015
Dave was a terrific inspiration to all of us, regardless of age. He will be greatly missed. I'm sorry I'm not in Columbus to attend the memorial service to express my sympathy to his family and friends in person. With best regards, Vivian Harvey
Vivian Harvey
January 29, 2015
Our heartfelt condolences to your family. We will remember Dave fondly. Sincerest sympathy,
The Arthur & Pui Yee (former Jai Lai chef) Family
January 27, 2015
My thoughts and prayers to the Girves Family.
Robin Aikey
January 27, 2015
Dave was an inspiration, mentor and good friend. Roy and I will miss him but will never forget him and all he did to make the world a better place for everyone.
Jean and Roy Wentzel
January 26, 2015

Through effort and sheer tenacity, Dave made himself indispensable to progress of progressive politics in central Ohio. I will always remember him "covering my back" during my sit-down against the rally against healthcare reform. I still wear the Cornell hat he gave me. In my view, Dave could still help Obama... I turn green and purple when I think of the photo of Dave and Obama in the Oval Office. Yet he remained a nice guy through it all. Dave, you will be missed.
Bob Letcher
January 26, 2015
A rare combination of business savvy and unwavering humanity. Dave Girves kept many elderly and mentally challenged people on the Jai Lai payroll over the years; people most employers would have kicked to the curb or never hired. He found a way to work them into the system and give them dignity and a paycheck. Genuine heart and soul. I will always love and respect Dave.
Jim Collier
January 26, 2015
Dave was always there with a smile, a purpose and faith that he was helping others. He was unique, genuine and made a difference to many people. He will be missed by many but his impact will be remembered by many years into the future. May his family take comfort in his memory and his impact on others.
Brian Rothenberg
January 26, 2015
I will miss Dave's example, companionship, thoughtful responses to all that we face. He is irreplaceable, and the example he set will continue to inspire all of us.
January 26, 2015
Thoughts and prayers with the Girves Family. Sherri Thompson
January 26, 2015
My thoughts are with all of you. He was a wonderful man. The world is a better place because he was here.
Carolyn Casper
January 26, 2015
Whatever soothes your spirit
Comforts your soul and
Brings peace That is what is wished for you at this difficult time.
Barbara Beckwith
January 26, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the Girves family. Dave was a very special man whose presence we will miss. May he rest in peace. May you take comfort in the knowledge that Dave was loved and respected by so many.
Phyllis Elmo
January 26, 2015
Dave is beloved to so many and an inspiration to many, many more.
Mindy and Jim Stoltz
January 25, 2015
Sherry and Family, You have my sympathy on your loss. May David rest in Peace.
Salvatore Presutti
January 24, 2015
Louie and I are so sad.Our hearts go out to your family. Dave is a good man, husband, father, grandfather. He helped people, gave many chances to people during the Jai Lai days, always saw potential in people when others did not. "IN ALL THE WORLD THERE'S ONLY ONE"
Louis & Linda Woodfork
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