David R. Shipe, 22, of the Slate Lick section of Freeport, passed away Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, while in the company of family, at Allegheny Valley Hospital, Natrona Heights, after a hard-fought and lengthy battle with cancer. David was born in Pittsburgh on Jan. 31, 1996, a son of Nancy K. (Kulikowski) and Peter E. Shipe, of Slate Lick. David was a 2014 graduate of Freeport Area High School, where he was an outstanding student and a member of the soccer and track teams. David was very involved in high school science fairs, participating in local, state and national science competitions. He also was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Governors School for Science and Technology at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. David was a 2018 Allegheny College graduate in biology and environmental science. David had always been passionate about science, particularly natural history, evolution, genetics, ecology and sustainable agriculture. While at Allegheny College, David's studies focused on sustainable food production, forest management, bird ecosystems, as well as the relations of religions to ecology. David worked as the student manager of the aquaponics center for three years. Dave was an avid board game player and enjoyed horseback riding, walks in the woods and sailing. He loved to spend time with his friends and family. David was a member of St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Freeport. David is survived by his brothers, Peter Joseph "P.J." Shipe, of Brentwood, and Christopher M. Shipe, of Monroeville; his sister, Katherine V. Shipe, of Monroeville; paternal grandmother, Rosemary O. Shipe, of Duquesne; his maternal grandparents, Thomas A. and Dorothy A. Kulikowski, of Cabot; his best friend, Jennifer Torrence, of Brentwood; and the loyal yellow Lab, Finn. David is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John J. Shipe.
Family and friends will be received from 1 to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at REDMOND FUNERAL HOME INC., 524 High St. in Freeport. Everyone is invited to gather and attend the Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Freeport with Father Ronald Maquinana officiating. A private family burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Allegheny College David R. Shipe, Class of 2018, Scholarship in Environmental Science at http://allegheny.edu/davidshipe
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