Forums: Community: Blue Skies - In Memory Of:
David Hersey

 


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Jan 5, 2010, 2:13 PM
Post #1 of 19 (5194 views)
Shortcut
David Hersey Can't Post

The skydiving world is smaller today with the departure early this morning of David Hersey. If you ever met him, it's unlikely you have forgotten him.
Dave was a regular at New England DZs -- CT, MA, and finally Lebanon, ME.
You may have remembered him by his long hair and beard -- some thought it a Christ-like appearance.
Or you may remember him as the only rigger in the area who gladly packed SSTs and Racers when others found them too challenging.
Or you may remember him as adventurous in his choice of canopies -- one of the first in the area to jump a Jonathan.
Or you may remember him as a Justice of the Peace, who married many skydiving couples.
Dave spent much of his life as a personal assistant -- helping disabled people with every part of their lives. So it was ironic that several years ago he was diagnosed with ALS -- "Lew Gehrig's Disease" -- which left him in a wheelchair but didn't affect his spirit
He remained cheerful to his last days, sending New Year's greetings to his many friends on Facebook.
He's donated his body to ALS research, and has asked for an ash dive -- with glitter -- when the snow melts in the northern New England he so loved.

HW


Moloki  (C 8111)

Jan 6, 2010, 7:50 AM
Post #2 of 19 (4983 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

We have lost one of the good ones...blue skies Dave, we will miss you.


Bolas  (D License)

Jan 6, 2010, 8:41 AM
Post #3 of 19 (4960 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Ash dive with glitter, what a great idea!!! Smile


vanair  (D 8360)

Jan 6, 2010, 1:26 PM
Post #4 of 19 (4885 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

I remember david from woodstock ct. In the early 80's
Great guy. We need more like him,
van


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Jan 6, 2010, 5:13 PM
Post #5 of 19 (4839 views)
Shortcut
Re: [vanair] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Yup, Woodstock is where I first knew him.
Attached is a pic of David -- in the chair -- on a train trip to Portland, ME a couple of years ago.


HW
Attachments: davidh.jpg (84.3 KB)


Usetawuz  (D 2747)

Jan 6, 2010, 6:18 PM
Post #6 of 19 (4821 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Fly free Dave.


peek  (D 8884)

Jan 8, 2010, 1:48 PM
Post #7 of 19 (4642 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you posted that picture. Dave was one of those guys that I usually only saw at the WFFC once a year, and I never seemed to be able to remember his name. Very nice guy. I remember seeing him at the 2007 PIA Symposium when he was in a wheelchair and told me of his disease. He retained a very good attitude about it.


(This post was edited by peek on Jan 8, 2010, 1:51 PM)


ishdaddy  (D 29069)

Jan 19, 2010, 9:03 AM
Post #8 of 19 (4313 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Rest in peace, David. You will be missed.


DZBone  (D 14358)

Jan 20, 2010, 2:02 PM
Post #9 of 19 (4229 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Blue skies, David. You will be missed.

He sold me my first rig, a big 'ol black and purple Raven III in a Racer. Pull-out, of course. I still have it, even though I haven't jumped in years. I will cherish it, and my friendship with him, forever.


howardwhite  (C 3896)

Jan 20, 2010, 6:37 PM
Post #10 of 19 (4200 views)
Shortcut
Re: [DZBone] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Did it look like one of these?

HW
Attachments: rigs.jpg (87.8 KB)


DZBone  (D 14358)

Jan 20, 2010, 8:23 PM
Post #11 of 19 (4186 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh, my God. ;-(


PapaSmurf  (D 5824)

Jun 28, 2010, 3:56 PM
Post #12 of 19 (3800 views)
Shortcut
Re: [howardwhite] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Howdy Fellow Skydivers,

Dates are July 24th / Rain date July 25th, if both rained out - August 21/22.
Skydive New England, Lebanon, ME.
A few open slots will be raffled off on the day of the jump.

If you bring a plane, we can do formation loads. 8*)

We are going to "paint the sky" for David.

Thanx! All,

P. Smurf


divegoddess  (C 32724)

Jul 8, 2010, 10:38 AM
Post #13 of 19 (3650 views)
Shortcut
Re: [PapaSmurf] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

papa smurf PURPLE glitter please....wish I could come...but can you put some PURPLE in there for me? I don't know why but when I heard he wanted a glitter ash dive....my first thought was purple.

DAVE- you were just the coolest guy...the voice from under the packing table when I would come to bother the riggers with questions. See you on the other side man.


PapaSmurf  (D 5824)

Aug 18, 2010, 5:07 PM
Post #14 of 19 (3454 views)
Shortcut
Re: David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

 
One of the best memorial videos you will ever see.
The tandem is David's sister.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi-dlcoXywA

Blueskys!!! Dave

Love & Hugs !!! to all


Bolas  (D License)

Aug 18, 2010, 5:38 PM
Post #15 of 19 (3442 views)
Shortcut
Re: [PapaSmurf] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

Absolutely amazing job by all. Cool


OWB  (D 14741)

Jan 5, 2013, 5:16 AM
Post #16 of 19 (2971 views)
Shortcut
Re: [Bolas] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

  Three years gone.
Still can not believe it.
Never forget.


OWB  (D 14741)

Jan 5, 2014, 2:33 AM
Post #17 of 19 (1975 views)
Shortcut
Re: [OWB] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

  You are not forgotten.


dzjnky  (D 28727)

May 4, 2014, 8:57 PM
Post #18 of 19 (1267 views)
Shortcut
Re: [OWB] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

OWB wrote:
You are not forgotten.
Was thinking of Dave today... Really miss him.


OWB  (D 14741)

May 10, 2014, 6:26 PM
Post #19 of 19 (942 views)
Shortcut
Re: [dzjnky] David Hersey [In reply to] Can't Post

  Rode past David's house today.
I'm always amazed that its still standing.



Forums : Community : Blue Skies - In Memory Of

 


Search for (options)