David Theis dies suddenly, town shocked by loss of beloved selectman

The official portrait of Selectman David Theis. — John Ferris Robben

The official portrait of Selectman David Theis. — John Ferris Robben

Loved ones and constituents were left stunned by the sudden death on Tuesday of Selectman David Theis after what is reported to have been a heart attack.

The popular Mr. Theis, a longtime town volunteer and Republican Party official, was in the middle of his third term as a member of the Board of Selectmen. Mr. Theis was highly regarded for his service to the town as both an elected official and as a volunteer. A town native whose family had been in Greenwich for generations., Mr. Theis was a vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in addition to his work as a selectman.

Mr. Theis was an active volunteer with groups such as Adopt-A-Dog, where he worked alongside his partner Kerrin Coyle, the Greenwich YMCA and especially with the Greenwich Old Timers Athletic Organization, a position that Mr. Theis was particularly passionate about. A former faculty member of Greenwich Country Day School, Mr. Theis was deeply committed to Greenwich and its residents, often working beyond party affiliation to serve his constituents as part of an extremely successful partnership on the Board of Selectmen with First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman Drew Marzullo.

Calling himself “your neighbor in government,” Mr. Theis put that promise into action during his five years in office, meeting with residents and bringing their concerns to his colleagues. He was highly praised during his tenure for his as a selectman and was rewarded with large victories each of the three times he ran.

Mr. Theis said at the time of his swearing in for a fourth term in Dec. 2013 that he had “the best job in Town Hall” and he often championed for more involvement from others in government. Before running for selectman in 2009, Mr. Theis was a member of the Selectmen’s Nominations Advisory Committee (SNAC), seeking volunteers for town boards and commissions. And while on the board he actively sought new volunteers who had never served before.

Mr. Theis was also passionate about honoring veterans. Inspired by a resident who had seen a similar display in Westport, Mr. Theis took the lead in bringing the display of American flags every summer across the Mianus River Bridge in Cos Cob. Mr. Theis worked on this project with the Cos Cob Volunteer Fire Company had also worked on the annual Salute to Veterans as well as other events and charities.

The Post will have more information as it becomes available.

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