David Cobb Stockwell
David Stockwell, age 88, of Evanston, died April 7, 2021. A Gilbert & Sullivan star, Dave was a founding member of The Savoyaires, playing the part of The Grand Inquisitor of Spain in the veteran North Shore group's 1964 debut production of The Gondoliers. He subsequently played eighteen roles over 25 years with both the Savoyaires and The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Hyde Park. A character baritone, he managed such diverse roles as Captain Corcoran, Admiral Sir Joseph, and Dick Deadeye in H.M.S. Pinafore… and Pish Tush, Pooh Bah, and the title role in The Mikado. He appeared in twelve of the fourteen Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.

But David was proudest of his role as a story reader for the children at McCutcheon Elementary School on N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. For 13 years he read to third, second and first graders every Wednesday afternoon. He said, "Whether they liked the story or not, the kids liked being read to by this old man, and I loved doing it. There was lots of hugging and high-fiving."

He was a graduate of Evanston Township High School and DePauw University. He retired from his position as Creative Director of the Charles Elwyn Hayes Advertising Agency in 1994.

David was a loving son, brother, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by his companion of thirty years, Elinor Turbov, daughters Lette (Nancy) Stockwell, Chris Stockwell and Sarah Stockwell-Arthen, son-in-law Chris Laubach, and grandchildren Milana Stockwell, Olivia Arthen, Harley Stockwell Laubach and Sam Stockwell Laubach.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Savoyaires at www.savoyaires.org.

Published by Chicago Tribune on Apr. 18, 2021.
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My condolences to the Stockwell family. Dave was regarded by my father, the late Charles Elwyn Hayes Jr., and my mother Joan Hayes, as a man of great spirit, mirth, creativity, and talent. Whenever I encountered him he had a twinkle in his eye. His contributions to my father's ad agency were essential and defining. I'm sure you will all miss him dearly. Cheers to his memory. Love, Charles Hayes III, East Harlem, New York City.
Charles Hayes III
May 9, 2021
A man of kindness and great sense of humor..He will be missed..
B.Eric Bunt
April 22, 2021
Mike and Susan
April 20, 2021
Dave was the program director who hired me for my first broadcasting job at WEAW in Evanston. A delightful, creative man with a beautiful voice. RIP
Marty Robinson
April 18, 2021
sending my love and deepest condolences to Elinor, Sarah, Chris, Lette and all who knew and loved this giant of a man. I remember him as larger than life. May your memories comfort you.
Tammy Haigh Lanza
April 16, 2021
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