Found out today that David Newby died over the weekend.


Our lives went separate ways after college, with very little contact for the last 33 years. But before that, we made it through Terry, Atwell, and (along with Rick) Carter and Tech. We had adventures that still make me laugh. We irritated the crap out of each other, and didn't speak to each other for long periods of time. We lived at each other's houses. He was my Best Man when Cathy and I married. In a powder blue tux.


One day, I think in early high school, we went to his garage and got this raw piece of silver and some of his dad's tools, and fashioned this cross. Well, Dave actually made it. He made himself one too. I wore it pretty much 24/7 until the leather broke sometime in graduate school.


So, Dave, I'm holding the cross, listening to a little Shawn Phillips, and remembering trestle jumping, road work machines at 3 am, and standing up through the sun roof of the VW on our way home from school. Tonight, a very cold DP will be consumed in your honor.




And say hello to Matt for us.


  • Tianxiao Zhang 4y


    Merry Christmas!
  • Charles 4y

    I'm sorry for your loss. I can hardly imagine losing a close friend. It's good that you have the memories and benefits of his friendship to hold onto.
  • Steve Heath 4y

    Charles Thank you for your kind words.
  • Jean Marrapodi 4y

    What a powerful image. The juxtaposition of the background against the cross reminds me of a verse from the Bible: "Take up your cross and follow me." Sometimes it's about choices. It sounds like you and your friend had a special bond.
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