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« on: September 22, 2006, 05:33:51 PM »

I figured this belongs in Metal Chat eventhough there are some postings about this around here already.

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2006, 05:54:08 PM »

Your absolutly right-Dave is %100 Metal- He Belongs here.He deserves to be on the top of the list.Horns Held High!
RIP Metal Dave the Warrior.
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2006, 08:46:40 PM »

Definitely belongs on top.  Which is why this has been stickied.

Anyone who knows how to get ahold of me, Sandy, or Russ, and wants to have a drink or 7 in his memory, call tonight.  We are here...

Love you, Dave...
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« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2006, 10:09:39 PM »

I'm so glad I met him............he will be greatly missed.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2006, 10:30:01 PM »

This saddens me greatly...

I've only met him on a handful of occassions (one of which was loading me onto the bus back to PA once) and he always was so absolutely kind and considerate to me. He really made me feel like I mattered in this little metal community of ours.

My condolences to his family, friends (hope Tim and the boys are okay)... All you who knew him so well, you were lucky. He was someone that with few words affected me in a big way. I never could really explain it, but I sure am gonna miss the guy...

Horns up to you dude.
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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2006, 01:18:29 AM »

I never knew him, yet I did. He always knew my name and everyone's name. I will remember Dave as the Cheers guy. Also, I loved his Exodus Shovel Headed Killing Machine jacket. I loved how he always made me feel I mattered, and he made everyone feel that way. He will be missed. R.I.P.
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2006, 02:51:27 AM »

That's very well said Nathan, and true! I can't believe that so shortly before us returning to Regina we won't see him anymore  cry
Love him, miss him. That's why I had to put that little tribute that Chad posted on the Into Eternity intro page. I hope everyone's ok with that (didn't want to bother Tim with that and ask first), I just had to do it. How can I launch a new page (hopefully this weekend) and be all festive and not include something as important as losing Dave...

And thanks for the call Sandy (and Naiomi and Russ and Cody Smiley) even though it was in the middle of the night and I've been lying away for hours again to fall back asleep (I had just managed to get my mind off things a bit and fall asleep before you called) hehehe!!! Seriously, it was good to hear your voices and can't wait to be back. I wasn't drinking with you while on the phone but we shared our memories and you promised to stick a sticker in our name.. cheers to our metal brother! \m/
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2006, 09:08:07 AM »

So yesterday afternoon, Sandy and I decided to dub yesterday "The Happiest Sad Day Ever."  Because we had the choice to be all alone, or to get together with other friends and have a better time than we'd have had all alone.  We got a small group of people together and shared some drinks and some laughs with the people we love... and during the course of the afternoon/evening, the topic of how we each met Dave came up.  And it's funny, because all of us there knew Dave on varying levels of closeness... some knew him very well, some knew him from seeing him around, some hung out with him just a few times... but each one of us could remember the moment we first met him.  And we each had the same story. 

Dave was this guy that we'd seen around at shows all the time, or maybe he was friends with someone we already knew, and so we eventually struck up conversations and friendships with him.  And during each of our first conversations with him, it ended up with us revealing something that we liked, a shared interest, and him being so eager to share more with us.  For some, it was music, with him offering to lend CD's...  For me, it was that I expressed an interest in things having to do with parapsychology as well as finding out about as many different types of beliefs as possible, with him automatically saying "Whoa, I've got a couple of books that I've gotta lend you."  I don't know if he even knew my name yet at that point.  But that's who he was, and that's what he did... I'll remember him always as the person who just knew everything about EVERYTHING, and was always eager to share that with others.  It saddens me that he is gone, because the world should be giving us millions more people like him, not taking them away from us.

Oh and Marlies... sorry for waking you up... but we're glad you were there with us for a bit.
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2006, 10:56:42 AM »

My fav dave memory is when I would come home drunk off my ass and Id hear this "Hey Russ!, come check this out!"

it be like 2 am and I'm stinking drunk and he would show me some disks or some of his guitar pick collection.

And that was dave.

He was just a metal nerd music was what he was.


Just sucks ya know, You dont know how much someone means to you till their gone. Now all im left with is regrets. Shoulda called him when i said i would. Shoulda went up stairs just to hang with him (when i lived at tims). Woulda shoulda coulda.

Now I feel like crap. I can imagin how danny is feeling right now. But I hope your alright dude. We should go for some beers some time.



Dave was music. he lived for it and it was what he did.

The metal scene really lost one of its pillers I think. We should celebrate the mans memory with a show. I think something is in the works and I'll sure as hell play my heart out in his honor. Just wish I could do more.


RIP Dave I'll catch ya on the other side.
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2006, 11:15:07 AM »

I had only recently met Dave in person, but in the short time I knew him, he was great to me, telling me hilarious stories about life on the road. If there is a benefit show of some sort to cover expenses I will definately be in attendance.
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« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2006, 11:21:10 AM »

I know everyone will almost appreciate these goofy photos as much as I do...







That guy would do anything to get a sale...even if that meant making an ass of himself by putting thongs on his head or wearing a girls shirt. I respected that a lot of him. He had a job to do and he did a damn good one (in great fashion style I also should add) He definately was the Metal Merch Monkey.

Dave was one of the most supportive and caring friends I've ever had. He was my metal non-related big brother who always seemed to look out for me and make sure I was happy in whatever I was up to. He also gave me a shit load of advice about life in general that I will never forget. I got through some tough stuff with his help, and I'm eternally grateful that he was in my life. I'm going to miss him greatly. R.I.P. Dave
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« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2006, 11:30:59 AM »

i didnt know him, but i had met him a few times and he just had this aura about him...seemed like such a nice guy.

r.i.p. dave.
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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2006, 01:50:46 PM »

OMG the girlie shirt pic is so hilarious! Thanks for posting those (and the rest of your post), this is how we have to celebrate his life \m/
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« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2006, 02:01:13 PM »

I wish i would have known Dave better, everytime i shared a talk with him it always seemed like the type of conversation you wouldn't trade for anything.  With Dave, for me, it was a learning experience and just a good time, though most of the times it was too brief now that i think about it, which is very unfortunate...

My best memory of Dave was one Metal Monday night at the Club side of the Exchange.  We just started a one on one conversation, generally about metal of course.  And it was just something else.  He taught me some of the knowledge he gained from being on the Road, and shared a couple of interesting stories about him and the members from Into Eternity...  It was the kind of conversation i could have carried on and on for the whole night.  We lasted about 45 minutes to an hour just talking and sharing different things.  It was truly a good time that i will always remember...

Like i said, talking with Dave, it was always too brief, but i'm glad i got to know the guy a little, and i will always remember the first thing he said to me...  Atleast i know the general subject, something about my shredding, which meant quite a bit...

The guy made you feel welcome, and he'll always be in our memories...

RIP Dave.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2006, 02:38:59 PM »

Hey you guys, you can go to www.regina-memorial.ca and send your condolences to the family through a guestbook.
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« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2006, 03:58:53 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2006, 05:26:36 PM »

When I received a phone call Thursday evening telling me about Dave's passing I was very confused. It didn't make sense to me, I just talked to him, I just saw him, he was doing fine. It took hours before I think I finally realized the impact of those words. After a long sleepless night and in deep thoughs of Dave, I finally driften into a few hours of sleep. Friday morning I was waken by a call from Naiomi who had read a post on saskmetal about Dave, asking what was going on, if it was true. That was the start of yesterday, we all shed a lot tears but moreso a lot of memories. Dave was an amazing man, I don't think that there is another one person who will ever come close to what Dave was to each of us!

I met Dave about 17 years ago, give or take a year or two. He was one of those guys I'd see at a lot of the shows I went to. Other than the courtesy nod and the common "hey" when our paths crossed we had never spoken. But I can tell you the exact moment in time that we did.

I was at a show in the old University seeing one of my favourite then bands called The Age of Electric. Out of the blue, Dave appears pulls up a chair and sits down beside me. He says, I've seen you around and I've got a few things for you, I look at him confused and then he hands me a poster of The Age of Electric, stickers, photo's that HE had taken and had duplicated and some blown up, of not just The AOE, but other bands as well. I was in shock that someone who has only ever gave me the courtesy nod was now sitting beside me giving me gifts that he thought out and specifically had for me. It was that night that he gave me the biggest gift of all, and that was his friendship, I knew from that moment on we would be friends forever. After having a long conversation about music and other bands, I knew he was 1 of a kind. The poster he gave me still hangs in the exact spot I hung it the night I came home from that gig. So everytime I see it now, I'll definitely take a moment and think of Dave.

But I know I'll have many of those moments, how could I not? He was everywhere, he knew everyone, he knew so much about anything and everything.

I used to work at Moxies, and Dave would come in there and have lunch quite a bit. It was those days while I served him that he learnt that we was going to be a father. He was quite excited and happy at the prospect of the baby. Once the baby was born, each time Dave was at Moxies the baby came along and sat in her seat on top of the table for everyone to see. He was a proud parent and you could see the love he had for that little girl even at the thought of her.

Dave wasn't all music, although it was the biggest part of him. He was a compassionate caring person who always had an ear or shoulder if you needed it. Him and I have had many conversations, some silly and some serious, but in the end, they always came back to music.

Dave and I shared a love for Katatonia. He is the only other person in Regina that would sit for hours and discuss them with me at length. We would fight for the CD's when they arrived at X-Ray, it became a game to see who could get the CD first. Katatonia are playing in Ontaria/Quebec in October, Dave and I talked about going, we were both really excited at the news. Then Dave got sick, and we still talked of me going, he would call me up at random times and say "Hey Sandy, you have to go, I've got you on the list!".

That's the kind of guy that Dave was, I don't think he ever did anything only for himself. I know that if he saw something, or met someone, or did something he always thought of someone else who would appreciate it.

Anytime Dave had something to share with someone, be it a story, a song, a cd, a poster, a guitar pick, you knew that THAT story or gift was something specific for you, that he knew you'd appreciate or like to hear. How many Monday's he'd come into the club with a handful of cd's and expose us all to yet another band that maybe only 1 other person there had heard of.

Dave's biggest gift to us all was his friendship. I'm so fortunate and grateful and appreciative to have had the opportunity to know him and to call him a friend.

I'm going to miss him something fierce, I hold every memory of him close to my heart and the thoughts of him will forever make me smile.
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2006, 05:45:52 PM »

You know, the more I read these posts, the more I wish I got to know Dave better.  He was alwas the guy that I saw around the shows, but never really got to know other than the "hey, how's it going stuff?"  He seemed like a great guy but I just never got to know him....
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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2006, 06:29:44 PM »

First time I met him was at X Ray Records. We were talking about how we were both blown away at the Nashville Pussy show the night before. We also talked about trading pictures that I had taken at the show. Which was the start of us trading band stuff with each other. The last guitar picks that he gave me was a Lacuna Coil and a red Strapping Young Lad pick. Everytime I saw him he would pull out this plastic bag that was filled with picks, and he give me one.

Last time I saw him was when he was doing merch at the IE show @ the Distrikt, two days before I moved to Calgary. At the end of the night I was grabbing some Into Eternity stickers and he said, "Go ahead, take as many as you want..."

I said "thanx, see you later Dave..."
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2006, 06:52:22 PM »

I was floored upon hearing this.  You leave saskmetal for a day and wow.  I didn't know Dave extremely well, but enough to know he'll be missed.  What I knew of him was that he was a very intelligent guy, and opinionated, but in a good way.  He was as genuine as they come, and I got the feeling from him every time I was in a conversation with him that he truly meant every word he was saying, be it something trivial, or something more.

Two memories stand out with Dave, the first was his utilization of Stillseed on this very board as an example of bands that overplay, and why the metal scene was in such a depression around here for a little while there.  I remember talking to him in person about it at The Exchange shortly thereafter, and he explained that he respected what we did, and it's cool that we have a following, so obviously we were doing something right, he just didn't dig it.  Something so simple but so genuine, I knew I had a respect for that guy that would never disappear.

The second was more recent, before our trip to Spokane he was telling me and Sarah horror stories about border crossing and stuff in the States.  Getting us all paranoid for our trip down.  He was also telling us about the Evergrey show he saw, and letting us know that we'd be blown away, absolutely amazed with there show.  We subsequently missed the Evergrey set we went to see, oyvey.  I know the next time I try to see Evergrey, and succeed, I'll think about Dave.

Forever committed to the metal scene, here and in general, the world will miss you Dave.
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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2006, 09:16:30 PM »

Reading Zandra's story reminds me of  the one and only tiem I spoke to Dave. A couple of months ago at a show he came up and introduced himself. He said he had picked up a Helloween album when he was on tour for me because he thought, of all people he could think of, I would appreciate it most. I never did get around to hooking up with him but it is pretty amazing that he would think of me, a total stranger, and do somethign like that.
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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2006, 01:00:06 AM »

In no way was I a "good friend" of Dave's, but we'd always have great talks about life and metal with eachother at shows and metal mondays, or just around town, and all I can say is good things about this man.  Dave's a fantastic, supernice and superfriendly guy - I'll sorely miss his big smile and support. 

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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2006, 01:57:25 AM »

you know he really was selfless. I never really knew he was that way with others because his acts seemed like they were really that of someone with whom you'd known for decades. But it just goes to show you if you were lucky enough to come across this hell of a guy you'd make a fast friend and a friend for life.
If we're sharing stories I'll lend a perfect dave story. We all remember the great Motorhead coming to stoon a while back. Well, I wouldn't let on to many but sure as hell dave just knew I was as excited to see C.O.C. open for them. I was standing away from anyone I knew waiting to soak up seeing my idols for years(and had to peek through all the people in my shitty spot) and saw that smiling face out of the corner of my eye waving and shouting something to me just off of stage left. I quickly made my way over to see dave there grinning ear to ear. He shouts:
"TYLER! I saw this spot and nabbed it for you and have been waiting here a good 20 minutes for you to come over here...ENJOY"
and he was off. You know, not to sound like a dick but there's nowhere I wouldn't fight my way up to to see a band I really wanted to see but that just illustrates how thoughtful the guy was.
I'm just hoping these great thoughts stay with this great family as everyone who knew dave has a pretty good chance of knowing his equally caring and kick ass brother. He deserves all the support in the world.
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2006, 03:35:10 AM »

You took the words right out of my mouth. With each wonderful story I read I'm like, yeah but wait, Danny's that way too! Both Stephenson brothers have been among the reasons for me to want to move to Regina if we do make the decision to emigrate. Danny is maybe a bit less outgoing as far as I can tell, but certainly an at least as amazing person to me.

As for Dave, all he ever gave me was a migraine. Oh wait, I should say, those delicious sambucas he fed us on that one night in the Roxy in Saskatoon gave me a migraine the next day Wink The pic I posted in the "sad" thread was of that night. All other contact was of course online on forums and over email and msn, but that didn't matter. He always called me "Mama" and cared about us, our cats and our emigration plans. Yet it's still not completely sinking in that we're not going to see him next month, when we are finally, after two years, so close to coming back to Regina.
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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2006, 03:37:33 AM »

And this deserved a post on its own, as it's a message from Dave and Danny's sister Lisa, who asked me to post a message here for her:

I am Dave's sister, I have been reading all of the things that people have been writing on these sites and it is just wonderful.
Dave would be sooo thrilled to know all of these people are thinking about him. I cannot tell you how wonderful this makes us all feel
we had no idea how many people he knew. This has been the worst 3 days of my life, Dave was my Big Brother he was a wonderful,
loving, kind and amazing person. I hope that you all know how much he thought of all of you, he talked about all these people like they were his family
as well.
I Hope that as many people as possible can come on Tuesday, we really want it to be a celebration of his life, we have made every effort to do what we think he would have wanted.
 
I said the other day that if there had to be a reason, for Dave to go that it had to be that all of the rock gods that have went before him must be going
out on tour, and they needed a really good merch. guy!!!!!!
    Thanks so Much!!! Lisa
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« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2006, 11:41:06 AM »

Well as a sit here, eyes tearing up after reading everyone's Dave stories, I can't help but think Dave lived up to his role in this life. I mean, look at what Dave meant to each of us. I remember just barely knowing Dave at first--I think I had maybe spoken to him one other time about our common love for The Gathering, and sure enough, next show we were at he brings this shopping bag full of Gathering stuff. I was just floored that this guy, that I didn't know, actually had me in his thoughts enough to not only remember that I loved this band, but also that he would bring me a shitload of cds and a dvd to give a listen to. From then on, I knew Dave was nothing but a kick-ass guy.

He made you feel 'special', ya know? He was always there, ALWAYS there, with a smile, or some metal horns...or just great conversation. Seeing in how many people he made happy---and you know the people on here were just a portion of what I'm sure is a mighty list....it just kind of makes it all too clear that Dave was here with a purpose---and he served it well.

What a kick-ass guy. I am so saddened, but happy that I knew him at all.

I don't think I will be able to attend this funeral...so if someone could put a sticker on for me, I would be extremely happy. I'll talk to Danny also.

Rest in peace brother---you were all of our brother.
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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2006, 12:29:40 PM »

I think the first time i met him was when i was buying a ticket for the strapping young lad show back in may 2003 or something.

And i was at Xray buying a ticket but i was 2 bux short and only had interact. But they only accepted cash for tix. And dave was standing there and said "your a friend of sharee's right?" and i said yeah. I never talked to this guy before, I didnt even know his name.. And he passed me 2 bux. Simply cause he knew i wanted to see the show, and that i was a buddy of someone he knew. Good times.

He also found me standing in the front row at sounds and handed me a Opeth pick. I really didnt know what to say. I still got that pick somewhere. I should dig it up.
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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2006, 12:35:43 PM »

The first time I met Dave was a Metal Monday a while back. I walked in with an Evergrey shirt, and as soon as I sat down, he started telling me a story about how he saw Evergrey. He was a complete stranger to me at the time, but my shirt sparked an hour and a half long conversation about our favourite bands and just music in general. We had a big argument about the best Evergrey album...he said it was In Search of Truth, and I said it was The Inner Circle. Everytime I saw him after that, the first thing he'd say is In Search of Truth is better, and start laughing. This always led to another long conversation about music and just life in general. Everytime I listen to that album, I just start laughing, but I listened to it this morning and was almost in tears.
He was never too busy to have a converstion with me or anyone else for that matter, and always made an effort to say "hey dude, what's up". I am genuinely humbled to have known such a good guy. I don't know if I can say anything different than what everyone else has said already, but Dave's obviously had an impact on most of our lives, and I wish his family my condolences. RIP.
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« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2006, 02:36:57 PM »

I first met Dave Stephenson at my friend Steve Clarke's place back in '99 when I played in Suffersurge...we all went out for drinks after a jam one night.  Subsequently, that was the first night I met Tim Roth, Scott Krall and Jim Austin as well.  Either way, Devon Hill and I had just formed this band with Steve and Todd Barlow and with me and Devon being Moose Jaw boys, we knew nothing of the Regina metal scene.  Just talking to Dave and taking in all the shit he knew about any band you could think of was awesome.  Since I moved to Regina, Dave was always part of a group of guys that made me feel at home within the metal scene making my transition to this city so much easier.  For that, I feel privillaged to have known him.
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« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2006, 03:28:11 PM »

I don't have any fond memories of Dave. I've seen him thousands of times at damn near every metal show I ever went to and thought of him as being cold and unapproachable...

...then again, it was probably me.

Would I give some tall native dude two bucks so he could buy a ticket? No. A resounding no.

Would I have given some broad a bunch of stuff of some band that we talked about one night? Not unless I wanted to fuck her.

Maybe there is something in here that someone like me can learn from. If a cold-hearted, selfish cynic like myself can be touched by reading stories like this, then perhaps there is more good in there than anyone realizes.

Dave, I hope the afterparty is freaking awesome man. And if any of your family reads this thread, I hope they all realize that you had a huge impact on people dude.
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« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2006, 04:02:38 PM »

I honestly didn't know Dave all that well, but we always said hi to each other at shows and occassionally i'd get a big huge hug from him. He was definitely one of the greatest guys around. I dont even know what to say, cause his death was a complete shock to me. R.I.P buddy.
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« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2006, 09:07:58 PM »

You know... I find it absolutely freakin' amazing that almost every single person here can remember the very first time they spoke to this man.  I have a lot of friends, all of us here have a lot of friends, and yet there are so few of them that I can say exactly what happened the first time I met them.  Yet with Dave, even though most of us have friends that we're closer with than we ever were with him, we can all pinpoint the moment we met him.  All I can say about that is wow.  Just... wow.
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« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2006, 09:28:01 PM »

I think the only reason I haven't posted yet is because I don't remember the first time we met...prolly cuz he just always acted like he's known me for years and years, even from the first times we've ever had any real conversations
Now, I don't think I need to go any further...if that isn't a trait of a great friend, man, or person in general, than I don't know what is
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« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2006, 10:17:54 PM »

About 3 or 4 years ago I was at an IE show with my girlfriend at the time.  I guess Dave thought she was hot and he would always say hi.  Eventually he just walked up to her and handed her an IE shirt. Haha.  Im sure he was trying to hit on her a bit, but I thought it was kinda cool that my gf got a free shirt, even though he probably wasnt supposed to hand out free stuff. LOL. But she ended up going to more IE shows with me after that, so I suppose it paid off. He was always nice to me when we chatted.
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« Reply #34 on: September 24, 2006, 10:23:26 PM »

This truly is terrible news, and very upsetting.  As has already been said many times, Dave was a great guy.  I haven't talked to him a whole lot in the past little while, but from the times we have hung out, he was a very friendly guy just as everybody else has been mentioning.  Just from reading the stories above, it is clear that he was a very generous kind person.  My prayers definitely go out for his friends and family to be comforted in this time.

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