David Theis laid to rest as town employees honor him

Town employees and friends of Dave Theis showed their love for their friend as the funeral procession patch. — John Ferris Robben photo

Town employees and friends of Dave Theis showed their love for their friend as the funeral procession patch. — John Ferris Robben photo

Dozens of mourners gathered outside of Town Hall to witness the passing funeral procession for David Theis Tuesday morning.

Mr. Theis suddenly passed away a week ago today, leaving behind a number of town citizens and employees who cared deeply for him and his contributions to the town. Salutes to his decades of town service both through five years on the Board of Selectmen and other town boards and charities have been coming in since then and Tuesday was the funeral, which was private for the family. The route took them past Town Hall and town employees came out to show their love for their lost friend, holding American flags to salute Mr. Theis.

A public memorial service is planned for Saturday Jan. 10 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Greenwich, but this morning’s procession provided a brief opportunity for people to pay their respects in a place he impacted so greatly. Mourners formed a single line outside of Town Hall a among those in the crowd was Steve Warzoha, a friend who worked closely with Mr. Theis as a member of the Republican Town Committee.

“I think it was a wonderful tribute to an amazing, caring man, a wonderful leader. It’s clear by all the people who are here today that Dave represented what was best about our community,” Mr. Warzoha said. “He gave so much of himself to every aspect of this town, whether it be in volunteer service on boards and in various leadership roles, especially as selectman, where he brought so many people together, and did so many great things for our town.”

Paula Belmont, who works as a staff assistant to the First Selectmen’s Office, remembered Mr. Theis’s outgoing nature, and friendly demeanor. “He never missed much,” she said, describing his eagerness to participate in events throughout the community.

“I’ve been with the town of Greenwich for over 34 years and this Board of Selectmen, Dave being one of the special members of it, has been one of the highlights of my career,” Ms. Belmont said. “I love Dave. We’ve all worked together very well and he will truly, truly be missed.”

Department of Parks and Recreation Director Joseph Siciliano recognized Mr. Theis’s interest in his department’s work, and the feelings following the selectman’s passing.

“This morning it was moving, people out there paying their respects,” Mr. Siciliano said. “I think the sentiment around Town Hall and my department is that we lost a friend, and we also lost a coworker, and you feel that loss.”

Friends of Mr. Theis have asked that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to pay their respects to Mr. Theis send their donations to Adopt A Dog, In the meantime, flags remain at half-mast at Town Hall and his friends have asked that in lieu of flowers for people to instead send donations to either the Greenwich Old Timers’ Athletic Association P.O. Box 558 Greenwich, Conn. 06836 or Adopt A Dog, 23 Cox Avenue Armonk, N.Y. 10504, or the Greenwich Old Timers’ Athletic Association, P.O. Box 558 Greenwich, C.T. 06836.

Stay tuned to Greenwich-post.com for more information regarding the planned Jan. 10 memorial service which will be at the church at 254 East Putnam Avenue.

 

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