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David S. Nemer

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David S. Nemer Obituary
October 17, 1949 - April 24, 2017 David S. Nemer, a man who fought harder for his life than anyone can imagine, passed away on April 24 from complications of congestive heart failure. He leaves his wife of 41 years, Barbara; his daughter, Annie; his sister, Robin; his 92-year-old mother, Shirley; loving and supportive in-laws, Bob and Marianne Goen and John and Judy Morris; a host of nieces and nephews; and the Southern Nemer cousins. He also leaves a wealth of friends who stood by him during the last nine dark years of anoxic brain injury. In 2008 David survived "sudden cardiac death," something only about 5% of people do. He fought his way back from a month-long coma, but was left with significant brain damage and a greatly weakened heart. But oh, how he fought. Only a man with his kind of energy and love of life could have managed it. Prior to 2008, David was a successful video producer with his company, J-Nex Media, who worked with a host of famous names from sports, film, television, and the literary world. His clients spanned the globe, and took him to Spain, Israel, South Africa, England, Italy, and other fabulous destinations. Back home in Glendale, he was a passionate Dodgers fan, an enthusiastic boat owner, a lover of dogs (particularly Melvin), a wonderful guitarist, a devotee of all music (his great-uncle, Benny Goodman, passed on his genes, no doubt), a skilled photographer, a great (though messy) chef, an avid Corvette enthusiast, a dedicated tennis player, a travel lover, and one who relished the news of the day. David embraced life at every turn. His wildly diverse magazine subscriptions tell it all: Corvette Fever, The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, Business Week, Forbes, Hemmings Motor News, and Guild Guitar. His mind couldn't get enough stimulation. At the age of 52, he enrolled in UCLA's Anderson Executive Business program and graduated with pride. He was a husband and father that few could equal. Valentine's and anniversary gifts included surprise overnight trips to Dallas - just to sample a hot new restaurant - or tickets to see Paul Newman on Broadway. Or an evening in San Francisco to see an opera premiere.. He adored the planning and the adventures. No father ever loved a daughter more. David included Annie in business trips since she was five years old. A trip to Washington DC (where the hotel babysitter taught her to swim) included "Bye Bye Birdie" at the Kennedy Center and several monuments. As she grew up, there were multiple trips to New York with late night matzo ball soup at Carnegie Deli, until she grew old enough for Seppi's bar. Their greatest adventure together in 2004, when Annie was at Emerson College in Boston, started with Dad's business trip to New York, daughter's frantic bus trip from Boston to meet him, last-minute scalper's tickets to the famous "Game 7" and the Red Sox' American League series triumph! David Nemer's passion for life and experiences is a remarkable legacy. His family asks that those who knew him remember the great times. To those who loved and helped care for him after the brain injury, the family sends gratitude and love that words could never do justice to. A private memorial is planned. Any donations to a , or to research into brain injury, would be deeply appreciated.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 27 to Apr. 30, 2017
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