David John Pierce, 61, of Philadelphia, PA, passed away at home on Sunday, September 2, 2018 due to metastatic melanoma. For those who wish to pay their respects, a memorial service and luncheon will be held on Sunday, 16 September 2018 at the LLanerch Country Club, 950 West Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083. Visitation will begin at 1 pm with seating for the memorial luncheon to follow around 2:30 pm. Dave would love to welcome everyone to this celebration of his life.
David was born on September 13, 1956, in Utica, New York, to Robert and Jean (Miller) Pierce. He attended John F. Kennedy High School where he was a student athlete playing baseball, basketball and football. After high school, Dave was a pitcher for American Legion Adrean Post 625 and at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with dual degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from Hartwick College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, respectively. In 1982, David married the love of his life, Janet Brown, whom he met at General Electric in Utica.
David was a mechanical engineer for 21 years receiving a patent with the InterDigital Corporation in 1998. In 2000, he began a new career teaching high school mathematics and coaching. He retired from the Community Academy of Philadelphia in 2014.
David loved math, science, music, history, golf and long distance running. In 1980, he completed the Boston marathon with his brother-in-law Joe Conlon. His lifelong passion for golf began in his youth walking to golf courses and playing all day with his friend Al Romanowski.
In retirement, Dave spent most mornings practicing his swing with several other devoted golfers on a field in Fairmont Park. On his 61st birthday in 2017, Dave had his first and only hole-in-one at Cobbs Creek Golf course in Philadelphia. Over his lifetime, Dave had a variety of interests and read constantly about a wide-range of subjects such as World Wars I and II, economics, string theory, the planets and Einstein’s theories: proven and unproven.
In 2001, David received a life-saving kidney transplant thanks to his sister Cathy’s loving donation of her kidney. David is survived by his wife, Janet; their two children Athalia Ballantyne (husband Andrew) and Randy Brown; two grandchildren Paxton and Colton Ballantyne; his mother Jean Pierce; his three sisters Cathy Conlon (Joseph), Jane Heal and Anne Pierce (Jay Yates); his brothers and sisters-in-law Jack (Cindy Clifton), Joseph (Marcy), Susan (Rad Brylinsky), Patricia and Robert Brown; and nieces and nephews Ryan and Kelly Conlon, Frieda and Abe Hirsch, Nicholas Brylinsky, Caroline and Christopher Brown, and Habtamu and Betelehem Brown . He was predeceased by his father, father-in-law (John Brown) and brother-in-law (James Heal).
If you would like to make a donation in David’s name, please consider contributing to research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Never lose faith. God shows the way. Love is the key to everything. “No one with character lives a life of waste.” -Henry Kissinger.