We should all try to be more like David Theis

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo The Editor

The strongest impartial man of great character is still here. I struggle for the right words as I reflect on David Theis’ invaluable service and example.

Dave’s still here I shout for Dave Theis will always be our one of a kind “irreplaceable man” of two centuries for Greenwich. I believe we should emulate him and strive to be as diplomatically caring and ready to go the extra mile to help people as well as resolve issues and situations as Dave was.

An example I feel is an early story of our one of a kind man Dave Theis showing his great character at a very hard time in America. I knew Dave through sports with my brothers. And then came Greenwich’s lively nightlife of a different era. I saw his strength of character and optimism in action.

It was 1972 and the very fiber of our great country was truly being stretched and frayed over Vietnam. With all the dissenting, defending or just disagreeing, few seemed to want to stop the fraying of democracy, but Dave Theis did.

Richard Nixon’s Christmas low-level bombing of Hanoi was on. Losses were mounting. B-52s were easy targets at low levels and people were angry, but not Dave. Even at the-then new, upscale Boodles, arguments turned physical as the few of strong character tried to moderate and disperse.

Dave Theis stood out the most as a sea of calm, never did he seem angry, as we helped my bartending brother Mike with other staff defuse situations at Boodles.

Dave Theis was the most even keeled man I ever knew. He worked to resolve situations. He seamed to have the attitude that all situations were manageable. He was an eternal optimist.

Dave Theis can never be replaced, yet we can strive to be like him, the king of optimistic fairness and calm.

Jim C. Reilly
Greenwich

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