Obituary (FL): David Michael Lopez '88

On Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, David Michael Lopez of Kissimmee, FL, 52, passed away from complications of living life to its fullest and most interesting possibilities. Those who knew "Dave" are doubtless grieving at least one of these innumerable losses: the born sailor, boyish, native New Yorker, Studio 54 life of the party, or the 1988 graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and shipmate aboard the USS Iowa who went on to become a member of the Joint Naval Staff at the Pentagon. Setting his sights high after leaving the service, Dave became a real estate coach and entrepreneur who inspired his agents to be better versions of themselves and genuinely appreciated the privilege of doing so. He was a human encyclopedia, Versace and Tiffany's aficionado, lover of all things leather and the color red, West Wing binger, New York Giants and Navy football fan, avid experimenter of international cuisine, brother from another mother, surrogate son, adopted uncle, proud papa of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and myriad fish, a man who refused to believe in lost causes, and a great patriot who loved a challenge. Ultimately, Dave was a mindful pain in the posterior, softened by a carefully crafted sense of humor and uncommonly sharp wit. With neither prejudice nor demands of reciprocity, he collected friends and loved ones from all walks of life. Most importantly, he helped those friends be kinder to and more accepting of themselves, even against their own will. There are too many of us such lucky persons to name herein, but he unknowingly created his own fraternity of love, support, and encouragement from people who likely never would have otherwise met, much less become friends. Such lucky persons will gather on Saturday, June 17th at 10:00 am at Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, FL to take comfort in each other and celebrate the life of a man who was so dearly loved and will be so sorely missed.