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Memorial

David Rice Jr

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Died

Its been almost 3 months since David left this earth. Even though he is with us still in heart & spirit, as time goes by, we continue living our daily lives on this earthy plane wishing he were still here to be a part of it. We love & miss you very much David!

Tell us about your loved one.

David would want to be remembered by his sense of humor and the way he could make people laugh and feel good about themselves. He was a gentleman and extremely intelligent, even though, he didn’t always make the best of choices. He could be very charming at times and his heart was made out of gold, he loved very deeply. He was extremely sensitive and used a lot of sarcasm to hide his sensitivity. He only showed his sensitive side to the people in his life that were closest to him. Showing his sensitive side was not a weakness, it was one of his many strengths, and it made him even more of a man then any man I have ever known. He portrayed to the rest of the world a sort of “tough guy” persona which masked the many deep emotions that he felt about others and life. David had a wonderful personality and enjoyed having intelligent, deep meaningful conversations. He loved listening to music and being able to relate his feelings and life to the lyrics of many songs. He had a passion for building things when he welded and took tremendous pride in his work. If David could say one last thing before he passed away…he would want everyone who he ever let down, disappointed, or hurt to know how sorry he was, especially his daughter, Savannah May Rice. He loved his daughter very much and was in awe of her presence, he was an extremely proud dad.

Tell us about David's struggle with addiction

David struggled with addiction for over 25 years of his life. He started using at a very young age. Throughout the many years of his struggle with addiction he spent a lot of time incarcerated for drug related crimes. David went into rehab programs numerous times. David's fear was of everyone only remembering him as being " that guy David Rice the drug addict." He kept himself away from many family members and friends because he couldn't control the addiction. He just didn't want people to see the ugly side of what this had done to him. As time went on the addiction changed him. It caused him to become depressed and simple daily tasks that we all handle every day would sometimes make David feel overwhelmed, then giving him the excuse to use, to forget about his responsibilities in life for awhile, only to let people down around him who was once again counting on him to live what we all consider a " normal life". He really tried to be that guy. That guy who could beat this demon and show everyone he loved especially his daughter Savannah that he could be all that she needed. His family, including myself enabled David throughout his life and there were times some of us where forced to walk away from David because the pain he caused was to great. David struggled many a nights with his demons and regretted daily the pain he caused to the people he loved. David was more than that guy you knew and heard about who became a drug addict. He was a father, a son, a brother, and a friend. He would want to be remembered for the good he brought to this world and not by his short comings.

What made David smile?

His daughter, family & friends

What do you miss most about David?

Its been almost 3 months since David left this earth. Even though he is with us still in heart & spirit, as time goes by, we continue living our daily lives on this earthy plane wishing he were still here to be a part of it. We love & miss you very much David!

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