David Davie, 78, of Crescent, was known for taking excellent care of not only his own yard, but also all the yards around him. He could often be seen along McGovern Boulevard, cutting grass, weed-whacking, shoveling snow and picking up trash.
On Monday, Mr. Davie was weed-whacking his own front yard when he was hit and killed by a passing motorist. A 16-year-old driver struck Mr. Davie around 11:50 a.m., Crescent police said. An investigation is ongoing.
Mr. Davie's son-in-law Scott Hallam, 53, of Crescent, one of the first to arrive on the scene, said that Mr. Davie was killed instantly. Medics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at Sewickley Hospital at 12:45 p.m., family members said. According to the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office, Mr. Davie died of blunt force trauma to the trunk and extremities.
Mr. Davie was given a Good Citizen Award in 2002 by Crescent commissioners for his dedication to improving the appearance of the community. He lived in Crescent his entire life.
Jim Withee, Crescent police commissioner, said that Mr. Davie was "always trying to help people, just always there."
David Lindsay, 64, assistant manager of the Kwik Full gas station down the street from Mr. Davie's house, said that Mr. Davie was a completely selfless person.
"He was a prince of people, that's the only way to say it," Mr. Lindsay said.
Mr. Davie graduated from Ambridge High School in 1950 and went on to serve in the Korean War as a Marine from 1951 to 1954. He then worked at LTV Steel in Aliquippa as a general foreman of seamless tubes for more than 30 years.
After retiring from LTV Steel, Mr. Davie worked part time at Allegheny Valley School as a caretaker.
Roni Erath, 45, facilities administrator at Allegheny Valley, described Mr. Davie as a kind, reliable man. In his almost 24 years working Friday and Saturday nights at Allegheny Valley, Ms. Erath said he probably missed fewer than five days of work.
"He'd do anything for anyone," said his granddaughter Meghann Siulborski, 30, of Sewickley. "You couldn't find a person around here [who] didn't like him."
A man of habit, Mr. Davie started his weekdays at 4:20 a.m., walked two times a day, and watched "Jeopardy!" every night, family members said.
"You could set your clock by him," said his daughter Debbie Hughes, 56, of Independence.
Mr. Davie weed-whacked "10 times a week," joked Mr. Hallam. Even at 78, Mr. Davie insisted on using a push mower because he thought riding lawn mowers were for old people, said his daughter Karen Parker, 51, of Crescent.
Jokingly called the "duct tape king" by family members because he had a habit of duct-taping his old tennis shoes, Mr. Davie was an avid gardener. He loved watermelons with seeds, and on Monday morning he had just planted some in his backyard. He had been planning to fence them off to keep people from trampling on them, a job that his family members said they will now take on.
In addition to Ms. Parker, Ms. Hughes and Ms. Siulborski, Mr. Davie is survived by his companion, Dorothy Doychak, 75, of Crescent; three sisters, Catherine Hoover of Crescent and Bea Irwin and Bert Davis, both of Aliquippa; one brother, Robert Davie of Moon; another daughter, Sandy Nunn of Aliquippa, 10 other grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will take place Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at John Syka Funeral Home in Ambridge. A funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday. On Tuesday, there will be a service and burial at 11 a.m. at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
Memorial donations can be made in Mr. Davie's name to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation and the American Diabetes Association.
Correction/Clarification: (Published Jdune 10, 2010) Burial and services for David Davie was set to take place at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies on Tuesday, June 15, 2010. This obituary as originally published on June 9, 2010 had an incorrect location.
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