David J. Elash
1946 - 2021
David J. Elash passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. David was born July 31, 1946, in Pittsburgh, and grew up in the Brentwood area outside of Pittsburgh with his parents, Andrew and Anna (nee Hnatow) Elash, both of whom preceded him in death. Pittsburgh was also the scene of a seminal event for David, namely, his meeting of Elaine M. Wiegers, who became his beloved and inseparable wife 47 years ago. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, David also served proudly in the Army in Korea as a first lieutenant. Upon the completion of his educational and military obligations, he worked as an account executive at S&H Motivation in Pittsburgh, eventually becoming a vice president at U.S. Motivation in Atlanta. He truly loved his work, which involved extensive international travel, sparking a lifelong passion for exploring new places and visiting unique venues. His affable and irrepressible personality made David a great success. A gifted athlete, David loved golf (he recently accomplished the feat of shooting his age) and tennis. He was an avid reader, preferring high quality fiction, enjoyed cooking, loved all varieties of music (with a special affinity for "Oldies") and remained true to his Pittsburgh roots as a devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. David is survived by his wife, Elaine; his daughter, Celeste S. Kopf (Thomas); grandson, Silas Owen Kopf; his brother, Andrew Elash (Marietta); his niece, Tracy Alvarez (Carlos); his nephew, Todd Elash; and many great-nieces and nephews, extended family, countless friends in the community and last but certainly not least their beloved canine, Lexi. A celebration of David's life will be held on a date to be determined at the Plantation Beach Club in Ponte Vedra, Fla. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any donations in David's memory be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300, Jacksonvile, FL 32256.
Published by Triblive Online Only on Sep. 15, 2021.
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