David Edward Linsell, born on June 21, 1953 in Detroit, Michigan, to Janice Primrose Linsell and the late Frederick Linsell, passed away peacefully at home on August 11, 2018 in Morton Grove, Illinois after 65 years of life filled with love, vision, and magic. David graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1971, and then earned a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1977. He worked in technical training and photographic equipment sales at Olympus America for 29 years, and then found his true vocation at Potter & Potter Auctions as a photographer of magic memorabilia and other fine art until retiring in 2018. He also thrived as a freelance photographer, specializing in performance portraits of world-famous magicians.
Darling David was the cherished husband of Christine Marie Peters for 27 years. His daughter, Forrest Marie Peters Linsell, was his pride and joy. David is also survived by his loving brother, James Linsell; sister-in-law Mary Ann Linsell; nephews, Christopher, Jeffery, and Daniel Linsell; brother-in-law Al Peters; sister-in-law, Penny Marsala; and dear niece, Liz Peters. He adored his faithful cats, Kiki and Kramer.
Best known for his humor, generosity, mentorship, and kindness of spirit to his wide circle of family and friends, he will be deeply missed. David was passionate about and maintained collections of photography, jazz, and magic. He enjoyed membership in the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Chicago Magic Round Table.
David was an active, long-time member of the beloved community at the Unitarian Church of Evanston. Friends and family are invited to celebrate Davids life at his Memorial Service, officiated by Rev. Eileen Wiviott, on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:30 PM, with a musical prelude beginning at 2:00. The Unitarian Church of Evanston is located at 1330 N. Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, 60201. Please join the family for a reception at the church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate in memory of David Linsell to the Unitarian Church of Evanston or Wright-Way Rescue Animal Shelter.