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.