David Anthony Hewitt, 56, began his next experience October 3, 2012, passing away gently, with family at his side, in Palliative Care, Erie County Medical Center Hospital, Buffalo, after a courageous, battle with illness. David told us his elements and atoms will join the universe for eternity. Who knows, he would ask, what he becomes part of, or what enduring parts joined him for his brief visit here. He expects to bump into a Carl Sagan bit, eventually.
David was born in Margaretville Memorial Hospital on October 24, 1955. He was by all accounts a lovely, and dearly loved boy. He grew up on his grandparents’ Crystal Spring Farm in Denver, living next to their boarding house with his parents and three siblings. David made friends from New York City and Long Island – the fishing, summer, hunting and skiing vacationers. This experience helped shape a worldly, cosmopolitan perspective, giving David fond memories and an inexhaustible supply of humorous anecdotes.
David attended (visited, he would say) Roxbury Central School, and graduated (released, he would say) in 1973. He loved chorus and drama. His lead portrayal of Professor Harold Hill in Roxbury High School’s performance of “The Music Man” was memorable. David was the solo voice at his sibling’s weddings.
David earned an L.P.N. degree from SUNY Delhi. Early in his nursing career David worked at Margaretville Memorial Hospital. He worked out west briefly, then returned to New York State and completed his nursing career at the VA Hospital in Buffalo. David lived the Golden Rule; his kind empathy defined his person.
In addition to singing, David loved cooking. Be it a holiday dinner, or an informal cocktail party, the fare was unsurpassed. David enjoyed reading and movies, especially classics. He stayed current with politics and news. David was an engaging conversationalist who left you feeling connected.
David is survived by his spouse, Clifford Wayne Franklin of West Seneca; his mother, Doris Whitney Hewitt (Leon Whitney, Eva Johnson) of Margaretville; his sister, Beth Grapes (Jon) of East Amherst; brother Mike Hewitt (Barbara) of Fredericksburg VA; and Sarah Porter (Rick) of Roxbury; two uncles, and nieces, nephews, and friends.