David Bryant

David C. Bryant

Monday, November 8th, 1937 - Friday, February 5th, 2021
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David C. Bryant shifted his love for life from body-aware it to source-aware, at home February 5, 2021 in the best possible of circumstances. Joyously birthed on November 8, 1937 by Verna Mae Easton Bryant, lovingly fathered by Charles Clyde Bryant. David grew up during World War II gleefully drawing fighter aircraft and floor plans for dream houses. One of his first proud moments was to be chosen to be an AAA Safety Boy, with badge and white cross belt, holding out young arms that guarded when it was not safe to cross busy Allen Road in Allen Park, Michigan.

After serving overseas for three years in the US Army in the early 1960’s, David entered the University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies, which he found both attractive and irritating all the way to PhD. He learned gratitude after being “let go” from the local university, and entered the real work world as a project engineer at Newbrook Machine Corp. in Silver Creek, N.Y. for a few years.

Then for several decades he was active in restoring many architecturally significant commercial and apartment buildings in Dunkirk and Fredonia with partners David Palmer and John Bankosh. During that period he was a member/ officer of numerous non-profit organizations in the Dunkirk and Fredonia communities. He was especially devoted to the Fredonia Rotary Club. In his mid-sixties, divorcing after 39 years, David met and gratefully married Lucille Marie and set off on new paths: certifications and practices in clinical hypnotherapy and EFT (tapping), working particularly with veterans with PTSD; writing poems that were collected and published in his mid-seventies. David’s eighties were filled with loving and meaningful connections with ever-so-many open, warm-hearted, sensitive souls that filled out his life day by day both in person and by Skype/Zoom. He is forever grateful for all those trusting connections.

Predeceased by his mother and father, David is survived by his talented and generous tease-pot and loving wife, Lucy; his son, Samuel David Stuart (Sharon) Bryant of San Diego, CA; three wonderful step-daughters: Julianne (Erik) Mason, Michelle (William) Reimer and Anne (Joseph) Hermanek, all in the Chicago area; step- grandchildren: Elena Mason, Nate and Elizabeth Reimer, Joe Hermanek, all of the Chicago area, Thomas (Dana) Mohring of North Tonawanda, NY; and a sister, Karen Smith of Vancouver, B.C.

No prior visitation. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please be generous to The 1891 Fredonia Opera House https://fredopera.org/home/membership_giving. On-line condolences may be made at larsontimkofuneralhome.com. Arrangements by David J. Dengler, LARSON-TIMKO Funeral Home.
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No prior visitation. A celebration of Dave’s life will be held and announced at a later date. An Observer article acknowledging the remarkable contributions that David has made to the Northern Chautauqua County community will be written by John D’Agostino on Friday, February 19th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, please be generous to The 1891 Fredonia Opera House https://fredopera.org/home/membership_giving or the Northern Chautauqua County Foundation, nccfoundation.org.


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William J Rapaport

Posted at 03:21pm
Dave Palmer introduced me to Dave Bryant shortly after I joined the philosophy department at Fredonia. My (first) wife and I had recently stained some wood, a task that we big city folk thought was really daring, until we mentioned it to Dave and he calmly replied that he had recently *made some stain* from scratch :-) He was a kind and decent fellow. My condolences to his family.

sandra maggio

Posted at 07:36pm
H e was the most generous man I have ever met. He was empathetic, caring and kind. We took classes with him about the healing g power of the breath. He will be sorely missed.

Sandra Maggio

Neil B. MacIntyre Jr.

Posted at 11:49am
A life well lived. It is challenging to describe my memories of Dave as they evolved over nearly twenty years, (many spent in crawl spaces throughout Dunkirk and Fredonia). Dave seemed fearless to me: willing to try and to master anything, a hard act to follow indeed. I treasure the knowledge he shared with me.
Heartfelt sympathy and understanding to all who have been touched by Dave, I think of you all often......Nice run Dave.

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