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“Dear Family of Dave, it is very sad to receive such a notice. I appreciated a lot working with Dave. He always was an open minded colleague who...Read More »
1 of 54 | Posted by: Joerg Heller

“Sue, I am so sorry to hear of David's passing-although I never met him-we shared many family stories in our AMC study group sessions. Just know the...Read More »
2 of 54 | Posted by: Donna Giammattei - CT

“Dear Susan, I was really disappointed when I received this news, I'd like to send you some strengths from here and I will never forget Dave, he was...Read More »
3 of 54 | Posted by: Fred - Toulouse, FRANCE

“Dear Susan, I don't know the words to tell you how sorry I was to hear about Dave's passing. I know that his love will always be with you. Dave...Read More »
4 of 54 | Posted by: Bobbi Thien - Costa Mesa , CA

“Dear Dave's family, I have no words for this orrible event. We are all close to you in this very sad moment. I had chance to meet Dave in my...Read More »
5 of 54 | Posted by: Barbara Conversano - Pisa - Italy

“This sad news was much unexpected. Dave has always been distinguished for his professionalism and his generosity to share with all of us his long...Read More »
6 of 54 | Posted by: Sergio Formoso - Pisa - Colleague

“To the dear family of Dave Childs, The sad news of Dave's passing has bought me such sorrow. To me, Dave was so much more than a work colleague....Read More »
7 of 54 | Posted by: Xavier Suchocki Toulouse, France

“The beautiful service Saturday caught the essence of Dave's life. No one could hope to have a better memorial. ”
8 of 54 | Posted by: Bill Benner - Williamsburg, VA

“Susan, I was so very saddened yesterday upon hearing the news of Dave's passing. The crew and i so much enjoyed our time in working with him on your...Read More »
9 of 54 | Posted by: Craig Meadows & Crew - VA

“Dave provided me an opportunity to do something I ended up loving. He taught engineers to be business men and I never laughed so much in a job. I...Read More »
10 of 54 | Posted by: Bill Dumphy - Melbourne, FL

“Dear family of Dave! I remember a two days workshop with Dave in Germany - we were making plans for our business, had interesting discussions,...Read More »
11 of 54 | Posted by: Jens Plotzki - Munich, Germany

“With our sympathy Your husband will always be with you in your heart each day. Aaron and Joan Lemon Your neighbor. ”
12 of 54 | Posted by: Joann Lemon - williamsburg, VA

“Dear Mrs Childs and family, Dave was a great colleague and I really enjoyed working with him. I just want to let you know that Many of my...Read More »
13 of 54 | Posted by: Bernard Taurand Toulouse, France

“Dear Susan, Jana and I were broken hearted to hear that Dave had been ill and passed away. It has been too long since we saw you two last. I still...Read More »
14 of 54 | Posted by: Tom and Jana Shea - Guilford, CT

“Susan, We were saddened to hear of your loss. David was truly a special individual. Dave's had a keen business sense, integrity, and work...Read More »
15 of 54 | Posted by: Mike and Gina Keesee - VA

“Dear Susan, We are so sorry to read about Dave’s illness and death, and can only imagine the depth of your loss. I’ve been traveling for work...Read More »
16 of 54 | Posted by: Susan Lennon and Nick Merritt - CT

“Susan, I am so sorry to hear aboutDavid's passing. My heart and prayers go out to you and the family. David was a loving an caring person and he...Read More »
17 of 54 | Posted by: Brian Holt - Hamden, CT - friend

“David was a great friend and golf partner for over 10 years. Our group often gave him grief for unauthorized playing time but he improved his...Read More »
18 of 54 | Posted by: Raymond Jarvis - Williamsburg, VA

“It is with great sadness that I mourn the loss of David. He was a fine gentleman and a good sportsmen. I have enjoyed his company on those treasured...Read More »
19 of 54 | Posted by: Dennis Sifton - VA

“Dear Family, I was really shocked when I heard the message about Dave. I had the pleasure to work with Dave in the Siemens VDO team. We had...Read More »
20 of 54 | Posted by: Jürgen Stemmer

“Dear Susan, I am deeply shocked to hear about Dave's passing. I had the honor to work with Dave for quite some time when he was a member of our...Read More »
21 of 54 | Posted by: Johan van Waardenburg

“Dear friends of David, Dear beloved family, following the high number of messages from people who had the chance to know Dave at work or work with...Read More »
22 of 54 | Posted by: Charles Chan - Regensburg

“Dear David, Even though our ways, due to organisation moves, separated, you were always in my mind as a wonderful colleague on whom I could always...Read More »
23 of 54 | Posted by: Francine Lejour Toulouse - France

“Dave has been called home, but his love energy surrounds you. My heart aches for you. Lean on me. ”
24 of 54 | Posted by: Nancy D'Aulizio - Beacon Falls, CT

“Dear Susan I was saddened to hear of the loss of David. He was a great individual. I truely appreciated his integrity, candor and sense of...Read More »
25 of 54 | Posted by: Jeff Steppe - Minneapolis, MN

“Dear Sue, I am so sad to hear of Davids passing. When I think if David, I can't help but think of all the good times our families had on Wells...Read More »
26 of 54 | Posted by: Joyce Readey - Stratford, CT

“David always had a smile which was contageous both at work and at play. I had the honor of working with David at Siemens VDO. He taught me, through...Read More »
27 of 54 | Posted by: Chris Martens - Williamsburg, VA

“Dear Susan, I was really shocked, when I heard the message via the old network. When we builded up a common Sensor team between old VDO and old...Read More »
28 of 54 | Posted by: Georg Schwab Regensburg - Germany

“David was a diamond ! He was one of the most patient, kind and people smart guys I have ever met. He will be sorely missed !! Our thoughts and...Read More »
29 of 54 | Posted by: Jason Langhorn - Warsaw, IN

“Dear Susan and family of David Childs We lost a kind, passionate, caring and considerate man. It hard to believe....I just saw him 10 days ago...Read More »
30 of 54 | Posted by: Sam Treger - Williamsburg, VA

“I am completely shocked by this news and deeply saddened. Dave was one of the best managers I ever had and I never imagined that he was so sick. He...Read More »
31 of 54 | Posted by: Jennifer - Newport News, VA

“David has been a good friend of mine. I've been honored to get to know him while working in Newport News. He was one of the first ones to coach me on...Read More »
32 of 54 | Posted by: Martin Baumeister - MI

“Dear Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
33 of 54 | Posted by: Julia Sargeant - Williamsburg, VA

“It is with tremendous sorrow to hear of Dave's passing. He taught me a great deal during my years of working with him and we share some wonderful...Read More »
34 of 54 | Posted by: Eric Dolman - Greenville, SC

“Hi Susan, Judi and I are both deeply saddened to learn of Dave's passing. We remember the great times we had with you and Dave when we were at...Read More »
35 of 54 | Posted by: Jim and Judi Soule - Kingston, MA

“Dear Susan, I was shocked and saddened by Dave's sudden death. We working together at Siemen's in Newport News and I always thought very highly of...Read More »
36 of 54 | Posted by: Rick Schaefer - Oxford, MI

“Susan, I'm was shocked to I read you have lost the "Love Of Your Life and Soulmate". Some of my cherished memories are skiing and camping at...Read More »
37 of 54 | Posted by: Yolanda Higgins - East Hampton, CT

“Dear Susan, I am deeply saddened on hearing about Dave's passing. I had the privlege and honor of working with Dave while both of us were with...Read More »
38 of 54 | Posted by: Chauncey Maher - Granger, IN

“Dear family Child, The very sad news has reached me via the " old boys network" of Airpax. I am chocked and very sad.The nearly 12 years working...Read More »
39 of 54 | Posted by: Marcel Lejeune - Brussels Belgium

“Dear Sue, family & friends of Dave: My shock and overwhelming sadness upon learning of Dave's passing is shared by all who knew David Childs. I...Read More »
40 of 54 | Posted by: Jim Rochford - Guilford, CT

“My sincerest sympathy to all of Dave's family. I worked with him at U. S. Motors in Milford. He was a great person with a wonderful sense of humor ...Read More »
41 of 54 | Posted by: Dottie Broderick - Oxford, CT

“Your love for your Dave was always evident to those who know you. Today at Mass, my prayers for your dearest husband and your painful grief were...Read More »
42 of 54 | Posted by: Lynn Bagli - Williamsburg, VA

“Sue Julie and I will always remember the fun times we shared with you and Dave at the Yorkmar ski house. We certainly had a lot of laughs up there. ...Read More »
43 of 54 | Posted by: Bob and Julie Amendola - CT

“Susan, Our deepent sympathy. John and Betty-Lou ”
44 of 54 | Posted by: John and Betty-Lou Goodwin - RI

“Sue, Our condolences to you on your loss. You are in our prayers. Love, Geri and Shawn ”
45 of 54 | Posted by: Geri and Shawn Dichkewich - CT

“Sue You are in my thoughts and prayers. Have fond memories of Dave from high school and with you both! Many Blessings and Much Love at this...Read More »
46 of 54 | Posted by: Bruce Patterson - Chicago, IL

“Sue, there are no words that will ease the pain right now, I know. I want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you my old friend. ”
47 of 54 | Posted by: Connie Grimshaw - Hamden, CT

“Sue, I am so very, very sorry to hear about David's death. I know in the last couple of days we corresponded regarding chemo and our husband's...Read More »
48 of 54 | Posted by: Linda Allamong

“Sue, I was shocked to read the paper this morning and see Dave's obituary in it. I am so sorry. Unfortuantely I have walked in your shoes and know...Read More »
49 of 54 | Posted by: Francine Bergami - West Haven, CT

“Susan We are so sorry to hear of David's passing. There is a saying that is often quoted - "prince amongst men." There is no greater description...Read More »
50 of 54 | Posted by: Bill Field - Monroe, CT

“Dear Sue, We are really not sure where to begin! What a shock to hear this awful news of your beloved David. There is nothing we can do or say to...Read More »
51 of 54 | Posted by: Kathy & Bruce Patterson - OH

“Sue, Diane and I were very saddened to hear of Dave's sudden and untimely passing. He was one of my favorite playing partners on Saturday mornings...Read More »
52 of 54 | Posted by: Jeff Beal - Williamsburg, VA

Carl A. "Tubby" Taylor “The Carl A. Taylor family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult of times. -Carl A. Taylor ”
53 of 54 | Posted by: Carl A. Taylor - Salt Lake City, UT

“Sue, I was so saddened to hear about David's passing. David was a good friend, always pleasant, up beat, a great competitor on the golf course....Read More »
54 of 54 | Posted by: Bob Smith - Williamsburg, VA


David Lester Childs, 60, of Williamsburg, VA, died on January 27, 2012. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan Schumitz and nephew, Matthew Schumitz.

David received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and worked for AI-Tek Instruments as a sales and marketing manager. While in Connecticut, he also served honorably in the Connecticut Air National Guard. More recently, he was a member of the Kingsmill Men's Golf Association in Williamsburg, VA, and enjoyed playing golf, exercising and traveling.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Susan Childs; father, Robert A. Schumitz, Sr.; brothers, Robert Schumitz, Jr. and his wife, Diana; Ronald Schumitz and his wife, Mary, and their children, Michael and Katie; and Richard Schumitz and his wife, Deborah, and their children, Stephanie and Tucker; nieces, Vicky Marden (Dennis) and Robin White (Aaron); nephew, Thomas Saul (Kathy); and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Wareham's Pond Recreation Center in Kingsmill, 175 Wareham's Pond Rd, Williamsburg on Saturday, February 4, 2012, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd, Ste A102, Newport News, VA 23606. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.