DAVID E. LASKY

DAVID E. LASKY  
Died of complications of COPD on July 14, 2016, in Woodland, California. He was 78. He leaves behind his wife, Mary Symmes; sons David (LeeAnn) and Jason (April) Lasky and their mother Barbara Lasky; granddaughter Mollie; stepson Andrew Telford; brother Steve, and sisters Jeri and Judy. Dave was born in New York City and moved with his mother to California during WWII. He served in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1955 to 1958. He retired from his long career in the U.S. Department of Commerce as the director of the Economic Development Administration. He was a man of notable intelligence, kindness, and charm, and a lifelong champion of civil rights and feminism. Dave prided himself on finishing the daily New York Times crossword puzzle in ink, almost always without cheating. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends. There will be no services. Donations in his name may be made to any legitimate veterans'' assistance organization.

Published by The Washington Post on Aug. 5, 2016.
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I think of you and miss you every day. I wonder what you would have to say about the things that have been happening in our country. I wish we were still sharing our hearts with each other. I love you, David.
Mary
Family
July 29, 2021
My davy-wavy, time goes by but my memories of you are strong. I still miss you, admire you, and think about you every day. I love you, David Lasky.
Mary Symmes
Spouse
July 29, 2020
It is with a heavy heart I write, upon just learning of Dave's passing. He was so courageous and always looked for the positives in life. Was helpful and supportive whenever he was able. I have missed seeing any of his funny, political, or uplifting e-mails for the past couple months and grew concerned... now I know why. To Mary and family/friends, please accept my condolences. May you find peace, comfort, and strength in the many memories, pictures, & momentos.

With deepest sympathy - your neighbor & friend,
Tami Cuccia
August 19, 2016
I will miss you my sweet David, we have been family since your wonderful Mother married my brother. We have seen many changes in each other. I will always love you, Marlene
August 15, 2016
I feel so fortunate to have had such a devoted and caring father, and that we all had him in our lives for as long as we did.
He grew up in poverty, in very tough situations, but kept a positive attitude, and grew up to be a compassionate human being who sought to help the 'underdogs' of this world. I will always feel his absence, but will always try to honor his memory by giving back to society whenever I'm able.
David "Reg" Lasky
August 10, 2016
Fear no more the heat o' th' sun
Nor the furious winter's rages;
Thou thy worldly task hast done,
Home art gone and ta'en thy wages.
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust.

Fear no more the frown o' th' great;
Thou art past the tyrant's stroke.
Care no more to clothe and eat;
To thee the reed is as the oak.
The sceptre, learning, physic, must
All follow this and come to dust.

Fear no more the lightning flash,
Nor th' all-dreaded thunder-stone;
Fear no slander, censure rash;
Thou hast finished joy and moan.
All lovers young, all lovers must
Consign to thee and come to dust.

No exorciser harm thee,
Nor no witchcraft charm thee.
Ghost unlaid forbear thee;
Nothing ill come near thee.
Quiet consummation have,
And renowned be thy grave.

I hope you're eating some ice cream Wavy Davy!
Mary
August 7, 2016
I love you uncle and will miss your life advice. The memory I remember most is driving with you in Maine when I was 10 or 11 visiting Michele at camp Sebago and us getting a flat tire. I changed it because you had no clue on how to do it. The look on your face in admiration of me being able to do it will always stick with me. RIP
Michael Neuenfeldt
August 4, 2016
David...thank you for being in my life. You were very special to me and helped me find my inner self many times when I may have lost it. We had similar backgrounds both being born in NYC, coming to Ca at different times and working for the Probation Department. We usually disagreed on political issues but on the important issues eg. family, we were on the same page. You are missed as are your telephone calls. You were a great man and I loved you. Out deepest condolences go out to the family and all of your loved ones.
With great love and sorrow,
jack and ellen mcmahon
jack mcmahon
August 4, 2016
My brother, David, I love and miss you more than words can express. You were truly loved by your family and many, many friends. I know you are now at peace and with our mom, aunts and uncles who loved you so much. Until we meet again. RIP.
Judy Anderson
August 4, 2016
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